Magazine article Screen International

Lucasfilm's ILM Opens in London

Magazine article Screen International

Lucasfilm's ILM Opens in London

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Visual effects studio Industrial Light & Magic opens new London facility; unveils senior team.

Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) held a ceremony today marking the official opening of ILM London's new building, located in central London, and recognizing the new research and development initiatives the company will be undertaking in the London office.

Participants at the ceremony included Chancellor George Osborne; Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy; Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy; ILM president and general manager Lynwen Brennan; ILM chief creative officer John Knoll; ILM London's director of operations, Sue Lyster; creative director Ben Morris; and animation director Michael Eames.

The London studio is currently working on the highly anticipated sequels Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars: Episode VII and will also service the UK market directly.

Brennan praised London for its "fantastic visual effects industry and rich talent pool made", which made it "an ideal location to expand our global footprint".

The studio's most recent addition is art director and concept artist Kevin Jenkins.

Ben Morris, who will head ILM London, joins from London-based Framestore where he served as a visual effects supervisor on projects such as War Horse, Lincoln, The Golden Compass and Gravity. …

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