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Outpost VFX Hire Paul Francis as Chief Technology Officer

The hire comes as the company doubles its capacity in its Bournemouth facility

Outpost VFX Hire Paul Francis as Chief Technology Officer

September 30th 2016, Outpost VFX is delighted to announce that Paul Francis has joined the team as CTO and that the facility is expanding in Q4 2016 to double their capacity with vastly increased render and storage capacity.

Paul has over 20 years of technical experience in the media industry, most recently in medical grade virtual reality applications for use in cutting edge medical trials and will be bringing all his experience together under one hat as CTO.  Paul’s first task was to successfully navigate Outpost VFX through the MPAA Auditors accreditation for Universal, ensuring that our security and VFX process is world class.

Outpost VFX CEO Duncan McWilliam is thrilled that Paul has accepted the challenge and comments: “We are all very happy that Paul has joined Outpost VFX, his experience and knowledge will be invaluable as the company continues to expand.  He will be taking us forward in developing our GPU render pipeline, data lab and further expansion to 30 more workstations bringing us to 80 available workstations in the next 3 months.

Paul said of his new role: “As CTO I’m required to oversee and maintain all of the IT infrastructure and am also responsible for researching future technologies that can improve on our already spectacular CPU / GPU render farms, distributed rendering, and software solutions that keep our hugely talented team of artists working as efficiently as possible, and ultimately keep us competitive. There are of course many other reactive parts to this job, which means no two days are ever the same”.

As well as this new appointment and the company expansion Gez Hixson has been promoted to Head of production as Outpost increase their film slate to include work with Sony and Universal and another Weinstein (TWC) project plus increased capacity in production for commercials.

In the past year the studio has worked on numerous film and commercial projects including; Jason Bourne (Universal), Nocturnal Animals (Universal), My Beautiful Broken Brain (Netflix), In The Deep, Under the Shadow (Wigwam Films, BAFTA nominated), iBoy (Wigwam Films) and are currently providing VFX on: Salty (Salty Films), Final Score (Signature Entertainment) and Interlude in Prague (Stillking Films).

Genre: Digital , PR , Visual VFX