CafeFX Scales Back, Shuts Santa Monica Office

Visual effects studio CafeFX has closed its Santa Monica location, citing the weak economy and the lack of production incentives in California as factors in the decision.

Speaking to Variety, CafeFX chief Jeff Barnes says the company is ‘downsizing and retooling, not closing.’

CafeFX’s Santa Maria facility remains open and the company is working on a high-profile film.

The visual effects house recently did 3-D conversion work on Alice in Wonderland and while 2009 was strong the flow of work will be slower in 2010, Barnes told the trade.