On Wednesday, 4th February 2009 it was announced that San-Francisco-based post-production house The Orphanage would not longer continue operation. The VFX giant, responsible for effects in some of the biggest fx-movies of our time, including Hombre de Acero, The Spirit, Pirates of the Carribean, Harry Potter, Superman, Sin City and many more, has been operating since 1999 and has more than 160 artists on staff.
Co-founder Stu Maschwitz annouced on his blog:
Today I had the heart-wrenching task of joining my co-founders Scott Stewart and Jonathan Rothbart in announcing that The Orphanage will be suspending operations indefinitely. We started the company ten years ago, tripled in size each year for our first three years, and worked on some of the biggest and best effects movies made. We produced shorts and even features, we spawned a commercial division and an animation company, and we hung out in the halls with Frank Miller, Ethan Hawke, and M.C. Hammer. We did DI before it was called DI, we gave birth to Magic Bullet, and we did really, really good work.
But that’s not what matters the most.
It’s no accident that our company’s name described a place for people, people who may be thrown together, but who ultimately create their own destinies. Scott once described his vision of an orphanage as “a hundred success stories waiting to happen,” and that is exactly what came to pass inside our offices. We have had the privilege of working with many “Orphans” over the years, and watching them grow and take on new responsibilities has been the single greatest part of coming to work every day.
A message to the visual effects industry: You will never find a better employee than a former Orphan.
And to the Orphans: It has been a privilege and an honor to work with you.