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Cinesite (also known as Cinesite Studios and Cinesite VFX) is a visual effects and feature animation studio which opened for business in 1991, initially offering services in visual effects for film and television. It subsequently opened a studio in Montréal in 2014, for visual effects and feature animation.[1] The company's feature animation division is Cinesite Animation.

In August 2015, it was announced that Cinesite had merged with Vancouver-based visual effects company Image Engine.[2] In March 2017, it acquired Vancouver-based animation studio Nitrogen Studios.[3]



Cinesite in London, the foyer at Medius House, March 2015

Cinesite opened its doors in Hollywood in 1991 and London in 1994, originally as a service bureau for Kodak's Cineon digital film system. Both locations subsequently evolved to become full service visual effects facilities. In 2003, Kodak merged the Cinesite Hollywood office into LaserPacific.

Reception entrance at Cinesite Montreal, March 2014

Cinesite completed visual effects for all eight films in the Harry Potter franchise[4] in addition to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The company's former model-making division created the scale model of Hogwarts, as well as Wonkaville in Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and the grand finale parliament explosion sequence in V for Vendetta (2006).[5]

The company's Emmy nominations for television work include Cleopatra (1999), Band of Brothers (2002), and Into The Storm (2009) and more recently American Gods for Starz!, winning the Emmy Award for Rome in 2006 and Generation Kill in 2008 . It also won a Royal Television Society award for its work on Band of Brothers.[6]

In May 2012 Kodak sold Cinesite to a UK-based private investor. Current ownership is a combination of its existing management team supported by private investment.

Notable productions Cinesite has created visual effects for include Avengers: Infinity War (2018), The Commuter (2018), Independence Day: Resurgence (2016), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Ant-Man (2015), Spectre (2015) and The Revenant (2015), for which it won a Visual Effects Society award in 2015.

Growth in CanadaEdit

In January 2014, with the support of Investissement Québec, Cinesite announced its opening of 27,000 sq ft studios in Montréal.[7] Its initial employment target was reached 18 months early, in August 2015.[8] Since opening, it has contributed visual effects to productions including The Commuter (2018), Assassin's Creed (2016), Independence Day: Resurgence (2016), X-Men: Apocalypse, The Revenant (2016), The Last Witch Hunter (2015), The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) and San Andreas (2015).

In July 2015 Cinesite announced its merger with Vancouver-based visual effects facility Image Engine, known for its work on productions including Jurassic World (2015), Chappie (2015), Battleship (2012), Zero Dark Thirty (2012) and District 9 (2009), for which it received an Academy Award nomination.

Feature AnimationEdit

On 8 February 2016, Cinesite announced the launch of Cinesite Animation, a dedicated feature animation studio at its Montréal Studios,[9] which is developing nine animated features scheduled to be in production by 2020. This followed the announcement by Cinesite in September 2015 that it had secured a deal with production company 3QU Media to create a slate of family-targeted animated films.[10]

Recent VFX film and television workEdit

Past workEdit

Animation FilmographyEdit

Year Film Title Notes
2019 Riverdance in collaboration with River Productions[11]
Harold Lloyd in collaboration with Harold Lloyd Estate[12]
The Addams Family in collaboration with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer[13]
2018 Gnome Alone in collaboration with Vanguard Animation
2017 The Star in collaboration with Sony Pictures Animation and The Jim Henson Company


  1. ^ Kelly, Amanda. "Visual effects company Cinesite to open offices in Montreal". Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  2. ^ Barraclough, Leo. "Visual Effects Companies Cinesite, Image Engine Merge". Retrieved 7 October 2015.
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  4. ^ Hurst, Adriene. "Cinesite's Antony Hunt Looks Back at Harry Potter – and Beyond | Features". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Cinesite creates vfx for V for Vendetta". Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  6. ^ "RTS Craft and Design Winners 2001 – 2002 | Royal Television Society". Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  7. ^ Kelly, Amanda. "Visual effects company Cinesite to open offices in Montreal". Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Le Grand Montréal fait de l'effet à Cinesite". Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  9. ^ Barraclough, Leo. "Cinesite to Produce Nine Animated Movies in Montreal in Five Years". Variety. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  10. ^ "Cinesite joins forces with Shrek producer". Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Cinesite Studios Secures $70M Finance Package For VFX, Animation Growth". Deadline. 29 January 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  12. ^ "Cinesite To Make Animated Features Starring Comedy Icon Harold Lloyd". Cartoon Brew. 20 February 2017. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  13. ^ "'Sausage Party' Co-Director Conrad Vernon To Direct 'The Addams Family' CG Feature". Cartoon Brew. 14 October 2017. Retrieved 15 October 2017.

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