Cinesite, Image Engine Join Forces

Consolidation is one way to stave off VFX competition, as UK-based Cinesite (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Vancouver-based Image Engine (Chappie) announced a merger.

The alliance gives the two entities a combined staff of more than 525 artists worldwide, with capacity for 675 at their studios in London, Vancouver and Montréal.

“Cinesite and Image Engine are totally complementary to each other,” said Antony Hunt, Cinesite managing director. “We will continue operating in our various geographical locations and our focus will continue on our different core visual effects strengths. In addition, Cinesite is also leading the charge into feature animation. We’re working on very compelling projects, including original IP from our development company, Comic Animations Ltd., and on projects brought to us by the studios. This work can now be shared across all three locations.”

Greg Holmes, Image Engine CEO added, “In addition to widening our reach to achieve even greater heights in high-end visual effects, this alliance will present new career development opportunities for all our artists and crews and will deliver benefits and opportunities to all our stakeholders, be they staff, customers, suppliers, financial partners or shareholders.”

Cinesite, which launched in 1994 and recently contributed to Ant-Man, is working on Spectre, The Last Witch HunterGods of Egypt, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and The Revenant.

Image Engine, which launched in 1995 and received an Oscar nom for Neill Blomkamp’s District 9, recently contributed to Jurassic World and is working on Point Break and Straight Outta Compton.


Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Crafts, Oscar, previs, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production

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