When Jan Heinze, chief operating officer of Pixomondo, a global special effects company, first came to China in 2009, he expected to stay for just three months. Seven years later, the native of Germany says he’s still excited about working in the Chinese market and has no plans to leave anytime soon.

Heinze talked with China Film Insider about the effect vast amounts of new money is having on the Chinese film industry, the state of the domestic visual effects industry, and what the prospects for science fiction films are in the country.

Company: PIXOMONDO
Founded: 2001
CEO: Thilo Kuther
Ownership: 100% Founder-Owned
Headquarters: Decentralized Structure
Offices: Los Angeles, Beijing, Shanghai, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Toronto, Vancouver
Employees: ~ 500
Specialities: Visual Development and High-End VFX Production for Feature Films, TV, Themed Entertainment, Virtual Reality and Commercials
Film projects: Hugo, Star Trek Into Darkness, Gone With The Bullets (一步之遥), Wolf Totem (狼图腾), Bridge of Spies, Furious 7, Lost in Hong Kong (港囧), Impossible (不可思异), Oblivion, 2012
Web site: www.pixomondo.com

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China Film Insider is a trade publication that reports on the relationship between China’s film industry, Hollywood, and the rest of the world. It is a news website dedicated to bridging the gap of understanding...