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Moving Picture Company (MPC) is an award-winning visual effects and production company, headquartered in Soho, London with facilities located in Vancouver, Los Angeles, New York City, Montreal, Amsterdam, Bengaluru, Paris, and Shanghai.[1]

Moving Picture Company (MPC)
IndustryMotion picture visual effects
Founded1970
HeadquartersUnited Kingdom,
Services
ParentTechnicolor
Website[1]

Known for their photo-realistic VFX and animation, MPC creates everything from lifelike fur, to dynamic crowd sequences, to larger-than-life destruction scenes and explosions.

MPC's creative services include concept design, visualization, shoot supervision, 2D compositing, 3D/CG effects, animation, motion design, software development, mixed reality and virtual production.[2]

The studio has received two Academy Awards for its work on the films The Jungle Book and Life of Pi and two BAFTA Awards for its work on The Jungle Book and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, not to mention famous advertising campaigns for brands such as Samsung, Coca-Cola, Sony, Ikea, Three Mobile and Channel 4.

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HistoryEdit

FoundingEdit

MPC was born in 1970,[3], starting life as a production company producing TV commercials and in 1974 the studio began delving into video, acquiring broadcast standard video recorders and TV cameras. MPC continued to grow; successfully moving into video post-production and by 1983 was seen as one of the world leaders in post-production and visual effects for the advertising and feature film industries.

Mike Luckwell sold MPC to Carlton Communications in 1983 and in doing so; he became Carlton's managing director and largest individual shareholder. During Carlton's 2004 merger with Granada to create ITV London, they sold MPC to French group Thomson SA for £52.7 million. Following the acquisition, Thomson, now known as Technicolor SA, aimed to make MPC grow by acquiring more film work. By the end of the decade MPC was considered one of the leading visual effects companies in the world.[4]

ExpansionEdit

MPC Film has grown from a small team in London to one of the biggest post production studios consisting of more than 3000 employees worldwide.

In 2007, MPC Film created a new facility in Vancouver[5], where a core team – some originally from London and others native to Vancouver, began work on Zack Snyder’s Watchmen. Since then, MPC Vancouver has worked on a number of high-profile movies including Skyscraper, Alpha and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Summer 2008 saw the opening of MPC LA, a boutique commercials post shop operating in Santa Monica, California. They have since completed jobs for renowned commercials directors including Fredrik Bond, Filip Engstrom and Traktor as well as completing Super Bowl spots.[6]

Around the same time as opening in Santa Monica, MPC Digital came into being, to create and re-purpose digital assets for the internet as well as a host of new media applications and hand held devices. Running concurrently with the digital revolution, the crystal clear world of HD opened the doors to the MPC Datalab; a bespoke service to manage digital acquisition and establish tapeless HD workflows.

After eight years at its Santa Monica location, MPC moved to a larger 25,000-square-foot studio in Culver City. MPC Film launched creative services in the studio including concept and production design, visualization, business development, virtual production and VFX Supervisor representation. MPC Advertising has resources dedicated to VFX, colour and finishing services. The space also plays host to a purpose-built VR/AR infrastructure and its content production arm, MPC Creative.[7]

MPC Bangalore officially opened in October 2010[8]. Being plugged into MPC's globally integrated pipeline and production network, MPC Bangalore is able to share software development and bespoke in-house tools.

At the start of 2011, MPC NYC was officially opened. Set in the heart of trendy SoHo, the commercials studio in New York has a complete range of integrated services and provides Color Grading and Digital, Design and Production Services across the US markets.[9]

MPC Film also opened a studio in Montreal in 2013[10] and has since worked on movies including, Alien: Covenant, Blade Runner 2049, Ghost in the Shell, The Greatest Showman, The Revenant and The Martian. The studio received an Academy Award nomination for one of its first films X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Notable people and projectsEdit

Long Time CollaboratorsEdit

Over the past 50 years, MPC Film has worked with many notable Directors and VFX Supervisors. Directors including Tim Burton, Ridley Scott, Zack Snyder, Jon Favreau, David Yates and Kenneth Branagh have worked with MPC on many of their projects.

British Film Director Ridley Scott has worked with MPC on a wide range of his films including Robin Hood, Prometheus and The Martian, the latter receiving Academy Award, BAFTA and VES nominations.

For Jon Favreau's 2016 remake of The Jungle Book, a team of more than 800 computer graphics artists worked for over a year, animating over 54 species of animal, crafting full CG environments, and simulating earth, fire and water. 224 unique animals were created and new computer programs were created to better simulate muscles, skin and fur. For each shot and each movement, animation artists followed extensive research in animal behavior, so that even the subtlest behavioral traits would translate into performances the audience would recognize from the animal kingdom. Most recently, MPC worked on Disney’s The Lion King with Jon Favreau directing. MPC's VFX Supervisors are Adam Valdez and Elliot Newman.

Tim Burton has worked with MPC since the early 2000s, on projects including Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dark Shadows and is the lead VFX studio on Disney’s Dumbo.

MPC has also collaborated with Director Zack Snyder, known for his work on comic book and superhero films on nearly every one of his projects including; Watchmen, Sucker Punch, Man of Steel, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.

MPC represents some of the most experienced VFX Supervisors in the industry, including Erik Nash, Richard Stammers, Adam Valdez and Nick Davis[11].

Digital HumansEdit

MPC’s work on digital humans has been seen by many to be leading the digital human race in the visual effects industry with their recent work on Rachael for Blade Runner 2049 and Arnold Schwarzenegger for Terminator Genisys where the T-800 is in the form of a 1984 Arnold Schwarzenegger.[12]

MPC has a secret R&D lab, named “Shadow Lab”, developing a number of different new technologies, including digital humans.[13]

GenesisEdit

In recent years, Technicolor's R&I team worked with MPC's R&D division to create a virtual production platform called Genesis; Genesis is MPC's Virtual Production platform. Virtual production enables filmmakers to make better creative choices much earlier in the production process, leading to better quality outcomes. Genesis is a multi-year development project that has been used on some of the biggest movies of the past few years.[14]

AccoladesEdit

In addition to MPC's two Academy Awards for its work on the films The Jungle Book[15], Life of Pi[16] and two BAFTA Awards for its work on The Jungle Book[17] and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2[18], MPC has also received VES Awards for The Jungle Book[19], The Lone Ranger[20], Life of Pi[21] and Kingdom of Heaven[22].

Awards and nominations
Year Nominated work Award For Result
2018 Blade Runner 2049 VES Award Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature Nominated
HPA Award Outstanding Visual Effects - Feature Film
2017 The Jungle Book Academy Award Best Visual Effects Won
BAFTA Award Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects
VES Award Outstanding Achievement in Character Animation in a Live Action Production
HPA Award Outstanding Visual Effects - Feature Film
Annie Award Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
2017 Sully VES Award Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature Nominated
2016 The Martian Academy Award Best Visual Effects Nominated
BAFTA Award Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects
VES Award Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
2015 Guardians of the Galaxy Academy Award Best Visual Effects Nominated
BAFTA Award Best Special Visual Effects
VES Award Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture
2015 Game of Thrones: Season 4 VES Award Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal/Live Action Broadcast Program Nominated
2015 X-Men: Days of Future Past Academy Award Best Visual Effects Nominated
BAFTA Award Best Special Visual Effects
VES Award Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture
2015 Into the Woods HPA Award Outstanding Visual Effects - Feature Film Nominated
2015 Maleficent VES Award Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture Nominated
HPA Award Outstanding Visual Effects - Feature Film
2014 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty VES Award Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture Nominated
2014 The Lone Ranger Academy Award Best Visual Effects Nominated
VES Award Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture Won
2013 Prometheus Academy Award Best Visual Effects Nominated
BAFTA Award Best Special Visual Effects
VES Award Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture
2013 Life of Pi Academy Award Best Visual Effects Won
BAFTA Award Best Special Visual Effects
VES Award Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture
2012 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Academy Award Best Visual Effects Nominated
BAFTA Award Best Special Visual Effects Won
VES Award Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture Nominated
2012 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows VES Award Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture Nominated
2012 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides VES Award Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture Nominated
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Academy  Award Best Visual Effects Nominated
BAFTA Award Best Special Visual Effects Nominated
2011 Robin Hood VES Award Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture Nominated
2010 Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince BAFTA Award Best Special Visual Effects Nominated
2009 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian VES Award Outstanding Visual Effects in an Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture Nominated
Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture Nominated
2007 Poseidon Academy Award Best Visual Effects Nominated
2006 Kingdom of Heaven VES Award Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Motion Picture Won
2006 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire VES Award Outstanding Compositing in a Motion Picture Nominated
2006 The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Annie Award Best Animated Effects Won

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Television seriesEdit

Music videosEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Company Overview of The Moving Picture Company Ltd.
  2. ^ "MPC - Moving Picture Company". www.moving-picture.com. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  3. ^ FutureLearn. "MPC and the VFX industry". FutureLearn. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  4. ^ "History of Carlton Communications PLC – FundingUniverse". www.fundinguniverse.com. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  5. ^ Perrin, Ward. "Head of Layout, Scott Eade works in the studio at MPC, June 20th, during a tour of Vancouver's digital media industry.The Moving-Picture Company is from the UK and opened the Vancouver studio in 2007". www.vancouversun.com. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  6. ^ "MPC LA: Growing the Core VFX Business". Animation World Network. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  7. ^ "MPC Opens New Culver City Facility". Animation World Network. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Post Magazine - MPC opens India-based studio". www.postmagazine.com. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  9. ^ "MPC Opens 13,000 sq ft NYC Studio". STASH. 20 May 2011. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  10. ^ "MPC Opens Montréal Studio". Animation World Network. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  11. ^ "MPC film". www.mpcfilm.com. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  12. ^ Magazine, Animation (22 October 2017). "MPC Leads the Digital Human Race with 'Blade Runner 2049' Breakthrough". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  13. ^ "MPC Replicating Rachael in Blade Runner 2049 (updated)". fxguide. 20 October 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  14. ^ "Genesis – MPC". Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  15. ^ The Jungle Book, retrieved 11 January 2019
  16. ^ Life of Pi, retrieved 11 January 2019
  17. ^ The Jungle Book, retrieved 11 January 2019
  18. ^ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, retrieved 11 January 2019
  19. ^ The Jungle Book, retrieved 11 January 2019
  20. ^ The Lone Ranger, retrieved 11 January 2019
  21. ^ Life of Pi, retrieved 11 January 2019
  22. ^ Kingdom of Heaven, retrieved 11 January 2019

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