London post house Envy has opened a new visual effects support department that will work in collaboration with its high-end effects suites.

Located in the company's Rathbone Place facility, the new 2D and 3D area features eight workstations with After Effects, Shake, Cinema 4D, Mocha, Final Cut Pro and XSI.

It has been designed to work in collaboration with the company's high-end effects suites and will specialise in branding, idents, promos, commercials and titles.

Marcus Dryden, who has been appointed as head of visual effects, said: “The VFX support team is integral to the VFX department. It will help clients to achieve their creative vision with the best tools suited to accomplish this and also add an extra creative dimension”.

£200,000 has been spent on the new department, a figure that also includes the cost of upgrading the company's Smokes.

The support department is staffed by five vfx assistants plus a head of vfx support.

The team has already started work on a number of projects including promos for Film4's "Sci-fi Season" (pictured) and Virgin Media's "Britain's Next Top Model".