As production begins to move forward for Episode VII, a big announcement was made today regarding Lucasfilm’s special effects company ILM, who will of course be handling the special effects for Episode VII as well as other big movies, in that they will be opening up a brand new facility in London later this year.
The Hollywood Reporter exclusively had the story about this announcement, where ILM president and general manager Lynwen Brennan shared details about the new facility, as well as how this new division of ILM will be involved with Episode VII.
Regarding the new facility, Brennan says “It will be a full service studio. We’ll have an art department, previsualization, and an entire end-to-end visual effects and computer graphics pipeline.”
Brennan also revealed that for Episode VII, since production for it is planned at London’s Pinewood Studios, “we’ll certainly have some art department and previs there, but we’re not currently planning on having a large ILM presence at Pinewood. We did consider splitting the facility in two, but we are now focusing on our London facility and having an as-needed facility at Pinewood to be near the production.”
The Hollywood Reporter also states that “the plan is for the ILM facilities to handle all of the work for the film, not just in the U.K., but also in ILM’s San Francisco headquarters, and Singapore and Vancouver locations, as well as at its strategic partner, Base FX in Beijing. The London facility will have a pipeline allowing it to share work with the other ILM offices.”
For the full report about ILM’s new London facility, be sure to head on over to The Hollywood Reporter.