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Vancouver animators set for TIFF spotlight

08/01/2012 05:17 EDT | Updated 10/01/2012 05:12 EDT
The acceptance of Hotel Transylvania into the Toronto International Film Festival is pushing the work of Sony Pictures Imageworks' animation studio in Vancouver into the spotlight.

Director Genndy Tartakovsky worked with 73 Vancouver animators to create the movie, which will have its premiere at TIFF.

Hotel Transylvania is an animated comedy about a special resort frequented by Dracula, Frankenstein and other classic monsters, with voices by Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg and Kevin James.

Animator Kevin Webb gave CBC News an inside look at the work done on Hotel Transylvania at the Vancouver studio.

Earlier this year the studio doubled its size to 120 employees and further expansion is in the cards, according to general manager Rick Mischel.

B.C. goverment tax incentives designed to attract the CGI and visual effects industry have led to a boom in the industry in Vancouver, including the arrival of Imageworks in 2010.

Another draw for the industry in Vancouver is the large pool of Canadian talent, including the graduates of several local animation schools, Mischel told CBC News.

Imageworks has three more projects lined up – special effects for Disney’s Oz: The Great and Powerful and Sony Pictures animated films Smurfs 2 and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.

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