Nu Image/Millennium Films’ local subsidiary, Studio Operations, is opening a visual effects studio in Shreveport called Worldwide FX.
“It represents our Louisiana footprint,” said Scott Coulter, visual effects producer for Nu Image/Millennium. “It will be the studio that ultimately does all the visual effects for projects shot in Louisiana.”
Nu Image/Millennium has shot nine films in Shreveport since late 2006 — from “My Mom’s New Boyfriend” to the recently wrapped “Cooldog.”
Worldwide FX has been in operation for 10 years in Sofia, Bulgaria, where Nu Image/Millennium runs a major studio facility.
The local effects studio is beginning by hiring a staff of 10 to 15.
“It will definitely expand from there,” Coulter said.
Nu Image/Millennium also plans to build a new $8 million studio facility in Shreveport’s Ledbetter Heights neighborhood by the end of 2009.
Details about Worldwide FX will be announced during a press conference 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Clarion Hotel. Studio representatives and Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover are scheduled to speak.
The above is a huge piece of news, folks. Couple this development with the recent announcement of DigiLou Studios and you have the emergence of a small but new and local digital/post-production workforce. Big deal.