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Cinesite Scoops Up New VFX/Model ContractsHas full slate of new visual effects projects. (May 28, 2004)
Cinesite (Europe) Ltd announced today that the facility has recently been awarded visual effects and model contracts for Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (Warner Bros.), Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire (Warner Bros.), Alfie (Paramount Pictures), and Sahara (Paramount Pictures). The facility previously announced that it is providing digital effects for Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Disney) and Alien vs. Predator (Fox), and it is currently completing some 500 visual effects shots for Jerry Bruckheimer's King Arthur. "We have already moved into pre-visualization and development of visual effects for some of the newly awarded films," says Antony Hunt, managing director of Cinesite. "Cinesite has essentially doubled its workforce since moving to substantially larger premises at Medius House in the Soho district last summer."
Earlier this year, the United Kingdom Film Council and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) reported that the postproduction industry has generated some 15,000 jobs. Steve Norris, British film commissioner and head of the UK Film Council's International Department says, "Today's announcement is good news for the British film industry and shows yet more evidence of the significant contribution it makes to the overall UK economy. The UK postproduction sector has a world renowned reputation and Cinesite's work on these fantastic productions shows that we are a force to be reckoned with."
The new slate of films will utilize multiple services offered by Cinesite, including model construction and 3-D visual effects. During the past year, the facility completed extensive compositing and animation work on Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban (Warner Bros.), and 165 digital effects shots for Troy (Warner Bros.) including all film scanning and recording required for both visual effects shots and digital intermediate applications for the production. Furthermore, Cinesite Models, a Cinesite division based at Shepperton Studios, completed work on the third Harry Potter film, as well as Phantom of The Opera. The company's physical effects subsidiary, Effects Associates, also based at Pinewood Studios, recently worked on Thunderbirds (working title), Wimbledon (working title) and Hellboy (Sony Pictures), and is currently completing projects for Sahara (Paramount) and Cave (Lakeshore).
"This is the busiest and most successful year in our history," says Cinesite CEO Colin Brown, who is also a board member of the UK Film Council. "The growing volume of our visual effects work is a tribute to the professionalism of our world-class, full-service facilities and their talented creative and technical staffs."
Cinesite (Europe) Ltd was founded in 1992 as a Kodak subsidiary and part of the company's Entertainment Imaging division. Effects Associates is a subsidiary of Cinesite (Europe) Ltd. For more information, visit the Cinesite website at www.cinesite.com.
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