Established in 1987, SPIN is a creative and technically dedicated visual effects studio producing captivating imagery for feature film and television. SPIN’s roots trace back to creative and technological innovations that are now standard in visual effects facilities around the globe.
SPIN Founder and CEO Nigel McGrath co-founded Alias Research in 1984, creator of Maya, later acquired by Autodesk; and in 1987 Side Effects Productions the production arm that supported the initial R&D of software giant, Side Effects Software, the creators of Houdini.
President and Partner, Neishaw Ali, a Queens MBA graduate has over 26 years in the film and television industry and over 75 features and 15 television series under her belt. In 1992, Neishaw was instrumental in rebranding Side Effects Productions as SPIN, successfully blending the science of business and creativity.
SPIN VFX has evolved into an internationally recognized Visual Effects studio, working with respected Directors, VFX Supervisors and Producers. With television credits that include the Emmy award-winning series Game of Thrones (HBO), Neil Jordan’s thrice Emmy nominated The Borgias (Showtime), and film credits such as the recently released Suicide Squad (Warner Bros./DC), Jaume Collet-Serra’s The Shallows (Columbia Pictures), J Blakeson’s The Fifth Wave (Columbia Pictures), and the Academy Award winning biopic Spotlight, SPIN VFX delivers on vision. SPIN is located in Toronto with sales and support in Los Angeles.
For over 27 years SPIN has been offering a range of creative services in the areas of:
- VFX Supervision
On-Set and in Studio
- On-Set Production Services
Location Capture &
3D Body Scanning
- Concept & Visualization
Pitch, Pre, Post
- 3D Animation
Creature and Character
- CG Effects
Massive /Crowd Duplication
- Matte Painting / Environments
2D and 3D