March 3, 2009
Los Angeles-based award winning visual effects studio, Rhythm and Hues Studio, will set up a high-tech studio in Malaysia. With more than 100 feature films to its credit such as Babe, The Hulk, The Golden Compass, The Chronicles of Narnia and Night In The Museum, R & H is internationally recognised as one of Hollywood’s top visual effects and animation facilities. “Rhythm is not outsourcing or doing back office work in Malaysia. The work done here will be the same sort of thing being done in LA. The Malaysian studio will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rhythm in the US,” said R & H senior advisor Shahril Ibrahim. “For instance, while shooting a film, the lighting is done in Mumbai, the animation in Kuala Lumpur and the visual effects in LA. So it’s a very collaborated effort which is broken up into task groups.” The studio in Malaysia will be the third outside of the US. It also has studios in Mumbai and Hyderabad. Malaysia was chosen because of support from the country’s Multimedia Development Corp. R & H’s primary need is talent, and it is looking to hire 200 to 225 skilled workers. The studio is expected to be running by year-end, with 40 recruits for a start.