Here is the press release:
One of Us is delighted to announce the opening of its Paris studio. The company has been looking to expand in the right way, and Paris presents the ideal opportunity. The creative possibilities, the VFX talent, and the projects underway in France make this an exciting moment. As the film industry recovers from the impact of the pandemic, we feel confident and ambitious about setting up in Paris and continuing our love affair with Europe.
Leading the creative team will be long-time collaborator Emmanuel (Manu) Pichereau, who will be joined by a mixture of One of Us veterans and the pick of his extensive French connections. Among Manu’s credits are Under The Skin, Anna Karenina, Everest, The Revenant, Netflix’s The Midnight Sky, and most recently The Matrix 4. People and projects have always driven our growth, and the Paris venture begins with an iconic French staple in the shape of Asterix and Obelix: The Silk Road.
With France being the birthplace of cinema and film, a defining part of the national culture, the French have been responsible for many of cinema’s significant movements and moments, actors and directors. Hollywood often looks to Europe for inspiration and innovation. And as the wider European industry is undergoing a renaissance, with the new investment in production infrastructure, stage space, and new technologies, this feels like an exciting place to be.
As well as having strong relationships with several Hollywood studios, One of Us has a history of working with European filmmakers, most recently on Matteo Garrone’s Pinocchio and Luca Guadagnino’s We Are Who We Are. We also have strong connections with European VFX talent, cultivating relationships with the best schools and universities.
We are working with productions to ensure they make the most of the French tax incentives, which begin at 30% and rise to 40%, with the additional rebate targeted at and triggered by VFX spend, making Paris an alluring alternative.
Our Paris studio will use a hybrid remote and office-based team, leveraging our London infrastructure. Over the past few months, we have improved our connectivity, tripled our storage and extended our render farm, and with recent innovations in remote working technology, our capacity is more flexible than ever.
En route pour de nouvelles aventures!