Reel FX Creative Studios

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Reel FX
Type Private
Industry Entertainment
Commercial
Post-production
Production
Predecessors Radium/Reel FX
Founded 1993
Founders Dale Carman
David Needham
Headquarters Dallas, Texas, United States
Number of locations Santa Monica, California, United States
Key people Steve O'Brien (CEO, Chairman)[1]
David Ross (President)
Aron Warner (President of Animation)[2]
Products Feature films
Commercials
Special Attractions
Services CG Animation
Visual Effects
Motion design
Editorial
Audio
Employees 350 (2013)[3]
Website www.reelfx.com

Reel FX is a design, visual effects, animation and entertainment studio based in Dallas, Texas and Santa Monica, California.

History[edit]

In March 2007, Reel FX merged with Radium, a California-based digital studio that was founded in 1996 by Jonathan Keeton and Simon Mowbray.[4] As part of the merge, the studio re-branded itself in 2010 to Radium/Reel FX, and in February 2012 to Reel FX.[5] On December 2010, it was announced that Reel FX produced an untitled 3D film with producer Andrew Adamson and Cirque du Soleil.[6] In January 2012, it was announced by Paramount Pictures that it had acquired worldwide rights to the film, now titled Worlds Away directed by Adamson and executive-produced by James Cameron.[7] In October 2012, The Hollywood Reporter revealed Reel FX's connection to the 2012 feature film, Rise of the Guardians. The film is based on Reel FX's short film, The Man in the Moon, directed by William Joyce. It is also based on Joyce's book series, The Guardians of Childhood.[8]

Beginning with Free Birds in 2013, all Reel FX's in-house feature films are released under its Reel FX Animation Studios banner [9]

From 2009 to 2013, Reel FX completed its first animated feature film Free Birds.[10] Originally titled Turkeys[11] and scheduled for the release of 2014, but it is pulled back to November 1, 2013.[10] Jimmy Hayward directed the film, which tells a story about two turkeys who travel back in time to prevent Thanksgiving.[10]

In February 2012, the studio announced a new CG-animated film, The Book of Life. Its 2014 release is directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro. It is described as a "Romeo and Juliet-style love story set against a Mexican Day of the Dead backdrop."[12] In December 2012, it was reported that the studio has partnered with 20th Century Fox Animation to produce the film,[13] and scheduled for October 3, 2014, but it is pushed back to October 17.[14]

A CG-animated feature adaptation of Beasts of Burden is another film that will be produced by Andrew Adamson and Reel FX.[15]

Filmography[edit]

Feature films[edit]

Released films

# Title Release date Budget Gross RT MC
1 Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away December 21, 2012 $25,000,000 $34,153,101 47% 51
2 Free Birds November 1, 2013 $55,000,000 $110,150,480 18% 38
3 The Book of Life October 17, 2014 $50,000,000 $69,324,000 81% 64

Upcoming films

Title Release date Refs.
Rock Dog 2015 [16][17][18][19]

Films in development

Title Refs.
Beasts of Burden [15]
Honeymoon with Dad [20]
Monument 14 [21]
W.I.S.H. Police [22]

Direct-to-video[edit]

# Title Release date
1 G.I. Joe: Spy Troops September 27, 2003
2 G.I. Joe: Valor vs. Venom September 14, 2004
3 Action Man: X Missions – The Movie 2005
4 Boz: Colors and Shapes April 25, 2006
5 Boz: Adventures in Imagination November 1, 2006
6 The Very First Noel November 3, 2006
7 Thank You God for B-O-Zs and 1-2-3s! January 30, 2007
8 Start Singing with Boz January 1, 2008
9 Open Season 2 January 27, 2009[23]
10 Tales of the Black Freighter March 24, 2009
11 Open Season 3 January 25, 2011[24]

Specials[edit]

# Title Release date
1 Halloweentown High October 8, 2004

Short animated films[edit]

Virtual worlds[edit]

Collaborations[edit]

  • Mass Animation - Live Music

References[edit]

  1. ^ Beck, Jerry (October 25, 2012). "“Turkeys” get Greenlit at Reel FX". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ Yamato, Jen (January 31, 2013). "'Shrek' Producer Aron Warner Named President Of Animation At Reel FX". Deadline. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ Mallory, Michael (October 12, 2013). "Get Ready for a Real Turkey Feast!". Animation Magazine. Retrieved October 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Radium Merges with Dallas' Reel FX". Pharos. March 7, 2007. Retrieved December 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Behind The Scenes: The Reel FX Rebrand". Reel FX News. February 8, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2012. 
  6. ^ Fleming, Mike (December 7, 2010). "Andrew Adamson, James Cameron team with Cirque du Soleil on 3D Feature". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 14, 2011. 
  7. ^ Fleming, Mike (February 10, 2012). "Paramount Acquires Worldwide Rights To Andrew Adamson And James Cameron’s Cirque Du Soleil 3D Feature". Deadline Hollywood. 
  8. ^ McCarthy, Todd (October 11, 2012). "Rise of the Guardians: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 11, 2012. 
  9. ^ CEC Entertainment, Inc. (May 20, 2014). "Chuck E. Cheese's Introduces Oculus Rift for Birthday Parties in Select Markets" (Press release). Reuters. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c Shaw, Lucas (February 22, 2013). "Relativity Moves 'Turkeys' Up a Year; Amy Poehler Joins Voice Cast (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  11. ^ Rebecca, Murray (March 27, 2013). "Turkeys is Now Free Birds". About.com. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  12. ^ Kit, Borys (February 21, 2012). "Guillermo del Toro to Produce CG-Animated 'Day of the Dead' With Reel FX". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 
  13. ^ McClintock, Pamela (December 12, 2012). "Fox Animation Teaming With Guillermo del Toro on 'Book of Life' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 13, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Fox Dates ‘Frankenstein’ & ‘Chipmunks 4,’ Sets 2017-2018 Animated Slate". Deadline. June 10, 2013. Retrieved June 12, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b Kit, Borys (June 13, 2011). "Andrew Adamson Bringing Dark Horse Comic 'Beasts of Burden' to Big Screen". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 14, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Reel FX Jobs / Senior Character Animator (Feature Film) - THIS IS FOR OUR DALLAS LOCATION". Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  17. ^ Rudin, Jen (July 30, 2014). "Tell a Story with Your Voice". Backstage. Retrieved October 5, 2014. ...and just last week, Luke Wilson, Matt Dillon, and Lewis Black recorded their voices for “Rock Dog,” an upcoming animated feature I’ve just finished casting, directed by Ash Brannon and produced by Matthew Parker and David Miller. 
  18. ^ Nan, Chen (April 26, 2012). "Ash Brannon Attends Beijing International Film Festival". Chinesefilms. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  19. ^ Frater, Patick (May 8, 2014). "China’s Huayi Opens International Chapter, Confirms Studio 8 Investment Plans". Variety. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  20. ^ Sneider, Jeff (October 10, 2012). "Danny DeVito to direct 'Honeymoon' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  21. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (December 12, 2012). "Brad Peyton To Write, Direct ‘Monument 14′ For Reel FX And Strange Weather". Deadline. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  22. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (September 30, 2013). "Reel FX Sets Animated Film ‘W.I.S.H. Police’". Deadline. Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
  23. ^ Kit, Borys (March 17, 2010). "Granat, Reel FX form Bedrock Studios". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  24. ^ Animation Mentor (April 2010). "Animator Interview with Mentor Ray Chase". Animation Mentor. Retrieved November 26, 2010. 
  25. ^ Qidong, Zhang (November 23, 2012). "Animation studio sees role for China". China Daily. Retrieved November 24, 2012. 
  26. ^ Desowitz, Bill (July 30, 2010). "O'Callaghan Talks Coyote Falls". Animation World Network. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  27. ^ a b "Looney Tunes "Daffy’s Rhapsody"". Reel FX. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  28. ^ Reel FX (July 2, 2012). "It’s Time For Minion Mayhem at Universal Orlando". Reel FX. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  29. ^ Hopewell, John (June 9, 2014). "Studios, France, Emerging Industries Energize Annecy". Variety. Retrieved June 24, 2014. Closing ceremony, featuring Official Selection award announcements and Warner Bros.’ 3D short “A Flash in the Pain” 
  30. ^ "Reel FX Live from Annecy!". Reel FX. June 11, 2014. Retrieved June 24, 2014. Peil wrapped up the presentation with the 6th installment in the series of Looney Tunes shorts “Flash in the Pain”. 

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