MR. X have announced their latest expansion plans with the opening of MR. X Montreal. This will mark the fourth studio location for MR. X, with others in New York, Los Angeles, and their full-featured headquarters based in Toronto. The MR. X Montreal studio will put the company’s total number of artists and staff to over 350 once fully operational.
Global Managing Director and founder of MR. X, Dennis Berardi, cites Montreal’s deep talent pool and the competitive tax incentives, coupled with the studios plan to emerge on a global scale as the main reasons for the expansion.
“We are excited to expand our studio operations to better serve our clients. Regardless of where productions are filmed, we now have locations in key incentivized cities and a client front-end Los Angeles location for screenings and better customer engagement,” states Berardi.
Graham Peddie will manage the day-to-day operations of MR. X Montreal, with their first confirmed project to be various sequences for Netflix’s western mini-series Godless, written and directed by Scott Frank, with Steven Soderbergh and Casey Silver executive producing.
VFX Supervisor and industry veteran Olaf Wendt oversees the creative front-end of the client-centric MR. X Los Angeles in Culver City, while VFX Supervisor Eric J. Robertson manages MR. X Gotham in New York. Berardi continues to oversee global company strategy from the MR. X headquarters in Toronto where the majority of digital production happens.
MR. X is currently in-production on Guillermo del Toro’s cold-war era fantasy drama The Shape Of Water, and the final season of his FX Series The Strain. Also in-house is the David S. Goyer executive-produced thriller, TAU; History Channel’s Vikings, Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut, Molly’s Game; and the Tom Cruise starrer, American Made.
Some recent collaborations include Paul W.S Anderson’s Resident Evil: The Final Chapter including a 360° VR experience, Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, the chariot race sequence for Paramount’s Ben-Hur inclusive of its 360° VR experience, del Toro’s Crimson Peak, and Ang Lee’s revolutionary drama, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.