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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]

VFX filmographyEdit

Year Title
2019 The Witcher

Avengers: Endgame

2018 Avengers: Infinity War

The Commuter


Lost in Space

Robin Hood: Origins

Mary Poppins Returns

2017 American Gods

Black Sails

2016 Assassin's Creed

Gods of Egypt

Now You See Me 2

Independence Day: Resurgence

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

The Revenant

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

X-MEN: Apocalypse

2015 Kingsman: The Secret Service

The Last Witch Hunter


The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

San Andreas


2014 300: Rise of an Empire

Edge of Tomorrow


Into The Storm

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

The Monuments Men


X-Men: Days of Future Past

2013 Iron Man 3

World War Z

2012 John Carter


2011 Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

X-Men: First Class

2010 Battle: Los Angeles

Clash of the Titans

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Leap Year


Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

The Prisoner

Voyage of the Dawn Treader

2009 Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince

Into The Storm



X-Men Origins: Wolverine

2008 Arn – Tempelriddaren

Bedtime Stories

Beverly Hills Chihuahua

The Dark Knight

The Day The Earth Stood Still

Generation Kill

Hellboy 2: The Golden Army


2007 1408

Death at a Funeral

Fred Claus

The Golden Compass

Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix

Miss Potter



2006 Casino Royale



Little Man

The Omen

The State Within


V For Vendetta

X-Men: The Last Stand

2005 Rome

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

The Hitchhikers' Guide to The Galaxy


2004 Alfie

Alien vs. Predator

Around The World in 80 Days

Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban

King Arthur

The Phantom of The Opera


2003 Buffalo Soldiers

Ella Enchanted

Girl With a Pearl Earring

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life

What a Girl Wants

2002 Clockstoppers

Die Another Day


Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets

Shanghai Knights

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

Swept Away

2001 Band of Brothers

Hans Christian Andersen

Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone

The Monkey King (The Lost Empire)

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

2000 The Claim


In The Beginning

Mission: Impossible 2

The Sight

Wonder Boys

1999 Animal Farm



The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns


The World Is Not Enough

1998 The Avengers

Ever After: A Cinderella Story

Hideous Kinky

BBC The Human Body

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Lost in Space

The Sea Change

This Year's Love

1997 Event Horizon

The Man Who Knew Too Little

The Saint

Smilla's Sense of Snow



Tomorrow Never Dies

1996 The Adventures of Pinocchio

Carla's Song

Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Mission: Impossible

Muppet Treasure Island

Space Jam

Twelfth Night

1995 The Englishman Who Went up a Hill but Came down a Mountain

First Knight


Leaving Las Vegas


Animation FilmographyEdit

Year Film Title Notes
2017 The Star in collaboration with Sony Pictures Animation and The Jim Henson Company
2018 Gnome Alone in collaboration with Vanguard Animation
2019 The Addams Family in collaboration with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer[11]


  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.
  3. ^
  4. ^ Hurst, Adriene. "Cinesite's Antony Hunt Looks Back at Harry Potter – and Beyond | Features". 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. ^ "'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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