Del Toro Establishes New Los Angeles Studio

What would you do if you were given the keys to a 25,000 square foot facility and instantly crowned the king of said space? If you're Guillermo del Toro, you would construct a movie studio. Sadly, many of us won't have such an opportunity in our lives, but thankfully, del Toro did. He's created Mirada, a Los Angeles-based studio that the filmmaker describes to Deadline as "a home base and a way for him to embrace a transmedia future."

Del Toro has built Mirada alongside director Mathew Cullen, cinematographer Guillermo Navarro and executive producer Javier Jimenez in an effort to use the Marina Del Ray space for everything from pre-visualization to animatics, story boarding and visual effects work, Deadline reports. Although Mirada is new, the studio space itself has an old history with film, having been used for visual effects shooting on Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Blade Runner.

The Pan's Labyrinth filmmaker spoke with Deadline about the new studio, saying he got his inspiration for Mirada while working on The Hobbit at Peter Jackson's New Zealand studio, WETA Workshop.

"We didn't have the Wellington model in mind when we were talking, but one of the great things about it was how close every facility was to each other," del Toro said of his initial plans for Mirada. "Our intention here is to be nimble and guided by strong, traditionally rooted storytelling principles. We will have all these pieces under one roof, and built a strong creative community here that will nurture future storytellers. Some of the feature projects I have going in the near future will hopefully go through Mirada, which means 'point of view.' One of the ideas for me was to create a company that could become a home for me to be able to work."

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