Financial Pressures Shutter CafeFX After 17 years

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The holidays bring an unhappy gift to CafeFX, which is closing its doors after 17 years in business.

In that time, the company provided visual effects for such features as Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, The Aviator, Sin City, King Kong, Pan’s Labyrinth, Snakes on a Plane, Spider-Man 3, Iron Man, Speed Racer, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and Shutter Island.

The closure was attributed to financial difficulties.

The full announcement of the closure follows:

December 23, 2010

CafeFX Official Closing Announcement:

After 17 years in business, CafeFX/ComputerCafe has decided to officially close its doors. The current economic climate and global marketplace have made it unrealistic for us to continue to deliver the highest quality visual effects work, which has been our hallmark, at a competitive price and a sustaining profit.

With a resume of over eighty award-winning feature films and hundreds of commercials, music videos, game trailers, ride projects and broadcast opens, we are very proud of what we have achieved over the years. We end our company’s relationship with the industry we love with pride in our contributions and our heads held high.

We want to thank our many clients for their friendship, confidence, and support in the multitude of groundbreaking projects awarded us over the years. We would also like to thank our competitors, who always kept us on our toes by pushing the envelope. We have watched your work on the latest films with a mixture of awe and envy, as you continue to exceed industry expectations and thrill audiences around the world. You have our utmost respect.

We want to thank our families and advisors who have stood by us and have given their patience and understanding on how to stay sane and viable through these turbulent times in our industry, our state and our country.

But most importantly, we would like to thank our staff and all the incredibly talented people that have come through our doors. You are CafeFX. Your hard work, dedication and passion are what made us such a great studio. Because of you we were able to accomplish the impossible over and over again. Words cannot truly express how much we appreciate all that you have done to keep us successful for so many years. We will especially never forget our core staff, who helped to make CafeFX a unique and magical place, and who have now become life long friends and colleagues. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts, you are an exceptional group of people.

We will see you soon.

Jeff Barnes and David Ebner