Monday, November 2, 2009

Sony Picture Imageworks Update

Nice update on the local Sony Pictures Imageworks group from Dan Mayfield of the Albuquerque Journal:

Making Magic in Town
by Dan Mayfield
Sunday, 1 November
In the summer of 2007, Sony Pictures Imageworks broke ground for a new building at Mesa Del Sol.

It was a big deal. We were promised a new, fancy, state of-the art building with 250 computer animators turning out hit after hit right next door to Albuquerque Studios.

Then the economy tanked. A new building wasn't in the cards after all. But there was one nice building available Downtown, recently empty, and cheap. The digital clocks still say US West, and there are still Qwest signs at 400 Tijeras SW, but everything else is all Imageworks.

Jim Berney, visual effects supervisor and general manager, is proud of the facility, as about 50 employees have been quietly working, making some of the biggest films of the past year.

From "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," which is in theaters now, to the coming "2012" disaster film and next spring's Tim Burton remake of "Alice in Wonderland," they've been busy. Berney has to talk to Burton often to ensure that what the crew here makes is what he wants.

"All of us are digging it," Berney said...
More at Making Magic in Town.

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