Portland-based animation house Vinton Studios announced today that it has acquired Celluloid Studios, a Denver-based animation studio that specializes in cel animation. According to Vinton CEO Jeff Farnath, Celluloid's cel expertise complements Vinton's strengths in character and story development, CG and stop-motion animation. The two shops even collaborated recently on Master of the Sixth Speed, a four-minute anime short promoting the Nissan SE-R out of TBWA/Chiat/Day/Los Angeles.
Key Celluloid personnel will move into Vinton's Portland offices, Farnath says, although the shop will continue to operate under its own name. "We're contiuing to operate Celluloid as a second production company," he says. "We don't want to change the way clients interact with the company." James Wahlberg will remain as Celluloid's creative director and continue directing live action projects through his production company, Visitor, in Los Angeles.