Written by on Oct 14, 2014. Posted in On Location

Trixter VFX company expands to Canada with new Toronto office

Visual effects company Trixter has announced a new Canadian office to be opened in Toronto. The firm was founded in 1998 and has a relationship with Marvel Studios having worked on shoots including The Avengers, Iron Man 3 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

The Toronto office expands Trixter’s international presence from bases in Berlin, Munich and Santa Monica in California.

“We’ve been looking for possibilities in Canada for a while now,” said the company’s original co-founder Michael Coldewey: “Partnering with Ken [Mandeville] and Michael [Gianfriddo] is strategically the best choice, because now we will be closer to our US clients and also offer the advantages Ontario provides to our international co-productions.”

Toronto is one of the top production hubs in North America and offers a formal filming incentive programme that includes a 25% production services tax credit, helping make the city the biggest filming centre in Canada. High-profile TV shows currently in production in the city include The Strain, Suits and an adaptation of the 90s sci-fi feature 12 Monkeys.

Ontario also offers a separate Computer Animation and Special Effects Tax Credit worth 20% of local labour expenditure.

Several of the industry’s top visual effects companies have announced new Canadian offices in recent months, but Montreal has been the most popular choice. Quebec has a base 25% filming incentive and a separate 20% visual effects incentive. Indeed, the Quebec Film and Television Council recently launched a dedicated website to help guide producers to the 17 different visual effects companies that have a presence in Montreal and elsewhere in the province.

To read about Iron Man 3's North Carolina shoot click here.

To read about Captain America: The Winter Soldier in California click here.

(Images: Marvel)


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