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Michael Harbour, DFX & Partner at Mammal Studios, spoke with VoyageLA about the company's origins, its presence in the LA VFX market, and what makes the company so unique.

Michael, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.

Mammal Studios began in 2013 as a response by several visual effects veterans to the rapid changes occurring to the VFX industry in California. Runaway production, due to several regional and foreign tax credits had made it untenable for the large vfx houses based here in California to stay, and several went bankrupt. Those that remained were forced to move their operations out of the country to stay economically viable.

The founders of Mammal Studios felt that California (and Los Angeles specifically) should, and could, still be a part of the larger vfx industry, and decided to do something about it...

In our first five-years of business, we have seen our local staff grow from a handful of employees to over 30, and have worked with world-class producers of entertainment such as Marvel Studios, Netflix, Sony Pictures, Warner Brothers, Fox and Paramount among others. We have been proud to be a part of a wide-variety of projects ranging from work on the feature-films, ‘Black Panther’, ‘Suicide Squad’, ‘Joy’ and ‘Fury’, episodic series, ‘Yellowstone’, ‘Start-up’ and ‘Mighty Med’, commercials for ‘Brewdog IPA’ and music videos for Eminem, Sza and others.

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