Method was originally founded in 1998 as a boutique L.A.-based facility mainly working in commercials, very soon establishing its name as a creative force in the area. After a number of mergers and acquisitions, the VFX studio now provides a wide offering of visual effects-related services in feature films, television, commercials, design and VR/AR.
A quick look at Method Studios’ most recent film projects reveals the extent to which the studio has become one of the top players in visual effects. These projects include Deadpool 2, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, A Wrinkle in Time, Thor: Ragnarok, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Okja.
Plus there’s been a wealth of VES Award nominations and wins, and several films nominated for the Best Visual Effects Oscar that Method has worked on, such as Mad Max: Fury Road, Deepwater Horizon, Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
The company reached a high level surprisingly quickly, acknowledges President and General Manager Ed Ulbrich, one of Digital Domain’s founding executives, who came on board Method Studios in 2016. He admits he was “blown away” by work he saw coming out of the studio, specifically in the 2015 disaster film San Andreas, during a stint at Warner Bros.
“I thought I was seeing the work of an ILM or another one of the majors,” Ulbrich recalls. “I watched this end sequence of the movie and was thinking, ‘Wow.’ It was just extraordinarily complicated work. Someone told me it was Method. I’m like, ‘Wait, Method?’ I’m very familiar with that type of work. There’s no easy way to do that.”
“I kept being confronted by work that Method was doing,” continues Ulbrich. “I knew of other people at other studios that had worked with them. I thought, ‘Method’s grown up. It’s this new shop.’ They’d really started to put out some exceptional-looking work.”