VFX Legion – A Pioneering Fully Remote Company from Inception – Project Reel

VFX Legion, is the  architect of a pioneering remote pipeline with seven years’ experience working exclusively with home-based artists. The LA/B.C.-based company’s  2020 reelshowcases its diverse mix of visual effects work, all created by teams assembled from its remote-savvy world-wide collective of 200+ artists. Currently working on six feature films, Legion has expanded its preproduction services to meet the increased need for  digital options  during the conceptual stage of projects as production resumes in the wake of COVID-19.    

VFX Legion earned a reputation for creating photo-real computer-generated environments for shows, such as ‘Madam Secretary,’ ‘How to Get Away with Murder,’ and ‘Scandal’ – season after season, invisibly blending footage with virtual locations where their storylines unfolded. The scale and caliber of the company’s network of work-from-home (WFH) artists enables its team to consistently deliver large shot counts of a wide range of high-quality visual effects on tight deadlines.

Creative Director and Founder, Jame David Hattin dedicated over a year to build a pipeline with cost-effective, streamlined workflow and the collaborative virtual work environment that the next-generation remote business model provides. VFX Legion launched in 2013, introducing a new visual effects culture that harnesses digital connectivity’s full potential to align its services with the needs of an industry in a digital era.

“Producing visual effects is a collaborative process with a lot of moving parts,” says Hattin. “It takes considerable time to develop, hone, and road-test a remote pipeline to ensure it has the efficiency and accessibility needed to consistently deliver large shot counts of visual effects that meet tight deadlines and the high standards of the industry.”

COVID-19 has increased the demand for imagery that cameras are unable to capture in restricted production environments, raising the stakes for visual effects companies. With years of experience working with remote-savvy WFH talent on dozens of films and hundreds of television episodes under its belt, VFX Legion focused on applying its technical ingenuity and creativity to developing efficient out-of-the-box digital solutions that meet the challenges of this new norm.

When production resumes, the scope of practical footage will be limited by guidelines for shooting in studios and controlled spaces where precautions can be put in place to minimize health risks.  The demand for innovative visual effects that augment footage and support broader, more engaging storylines will be unprecedented. High-quality photorealistic CG environments, in particular, will enable productions shot in any space to transcend physical boundaries and transport live-action to virtually any location.

Hattin helms the company’s preproduction services and oversees each project. Head of Production, Nate Smalley, along with a veteran team of visual effect producers and supervisors, brings the technical ingenuity, experience, artistic vision, and in-depth understanding of filmmaking needed to significantly expand the boundaries of films and television shows during the new norm.

“The efficiency, scope and scalability of our large international workforce uniquely positioned us to push boundaries with dynamic digital solutions for television shows and feature films confined by a new normal,”  ” adds Hattin. ” Productions benefit the  flexibility of our cutting-edge remote capabilities and depth of experience as the industry during the current pandemic, as well as into a future with unanticipated challenges.”

VFX Legion’s credits include TV series, such as ‘How to Get Away with Murder,’ ‘Madam Secretary,’ ’Scandal,’ Suits,’ ‘Eye Candy,’ ‘Revolution,’ ‘The Catch’  and ‘Gone.’
(Note: To date, every TV series that has discovered VFX Legion since it launched in 2013 has returned every season – through its series finale – to work with the company.)

‘Hardcore Henry,’ ‘The Gift,’ ’12 Strong,’ ‘Ithaca,’ ‘Lowriders’ ‘Ouija,’ ‘Ouija 2,’ ‘Killers Anonymous,’ ‘The Circle,’ ‘The Keeping Hour,’ ‘Souls of Totality,’ ‘Stephanie,’ ‘The Veil,’ ‘#RealityHigh,’ ‘After,’ ‘Jem and the Holograms,’ ‘Sinister 2,’ ‘Ma,’ and ‘Superfly,’ are among the studio’s film credits.


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