Technicolor Mill Film to base a major global visual effects studio in the Adelaide city centre
A scene from Gladiator that won a visual effects Oscar for Technicolor's Mill Film.
Global entertainment giant Technicolor’s 500-person visual effects (VFX) centre in Adelaide will make South Australian an international film production hub.
Technicolor’s Mill Film $26 million 3000-plus square metre studio, at the Myer Centre in Adelaide's city centre, will deliver visual effects for major film studios and streaming services, later expanding into virtual and augmented reality. Mill Film will comprise an Adelaide Centre of Excellence and VFX Academy, for 500 staff –ranging from technologists to artists – when running at full strength within five years.
A French company, Technicolor employs more than 15,000 globally with bases in Paris, London, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York, Vancouver, Bangalore and Shanghai. In 2018,
Technicolor and its brands – MPC, MR. X, Mikros and Mill Film – worked on 40-plus titles for major studios including A Wrinkle in Time, Predator, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, The New Mutants and 14 episodic projects from Mr. X including new seasons of American Gods, Carnival Rows, Narcos, A Series of Unfortunate Events and Vikings. This is in addition to its film credits related to Jungle Book, Wonder Woman and The Shape of Water (nominated for 13 Oscars), along with films such as The Martian, Blade Runner 2049 and Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
The Adelaide VFX businesses is set to attract talented artists to South Australia from around the world. The South Australian government provided up to $6 million to support Technicolour Adelaide project, which is expected to have an economic benefit of around $252.6 million over 10 years.
Technicolour saw Adelaide as offering a pool of proven creative talent, access to universities to develop and nurture new talent, and internet infrastructure to allow it to move large amounts of data.