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VFX houses Cinesite and Image Engine join forces

VFX houses Cinesite and Image Engine join forces
Jon Creamer
03 July 2015

Vfx specialists Cinesite and Image Engine have announced a merger of their two companies.

The alliance gives the two entities a combined staff of over 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, Managing Director Cinesite. “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 said, “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 opened its doors in London in 1994. It’s work includes visual effects on films including X-Men: Days of Future Past, Iron Man 3, the Harry Potter series of films and The Golden Compass. It is currently working on productions including Now You See Me: The Second Act, Ant-Man, Spectre, The Last Witch Hunter, Gods of Egypt, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and The Revenant.

Founded in Vancouver in 1995, Image Engine has worked on projects including District 9, Elysium, Chappie, Jurassic World, Game of Thrones and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Forthcoming releases include Point Break and Straight Outta Compton.

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