12 Facts About Cinesite


Cinesite Studios is an independent, multinational business which provides services to the media and entertainment industries.

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Cinesite opened its doors in Los Angeles in 1991 to help with the digital restoration of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

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The restoration was released in 1993, and Cinesite moved to its current head office in London in 1994.

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In January 2014, with the support of Investissement Quebec, Cinesite announced its opening of 27, 000 sq ft studios in Montreal and a feature animation division at that location.

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

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In June 2018, Cinesite was placed in the annual Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table, which ranks the UK's highest performing private firms by international growth.

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Notable feature film productions Cinesite has created visual effects for include Avengers: Endgame, Mary Poppins Returns (2018), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), The Commuter (2018), Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), Independence Day: Resurgence (2016), Spectre (2015) and The Revenant (2015), for which it won a Visual Effects Society award in 2015.

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Cinesite has completed work on all eight films in the Harry Potter franchise in addition to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and seven films in the James Bond franchise.

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Cinesite has won Emmy awards for Generation Kill and Rome (2006) and nominations include American Gods: Season 1 and Band of Brothers (2002).

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Cinesite won a Visual Effects Society award in 2021 for its work on Universal Studios' stage-based stunt show The Bourne Stuntacular.

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On 8 February 2016, Cinesite announced the launch of a dedicated feature animation division at its Montreal Studios.

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Cinesite has announced that it is working with River Productions on an animated production of the Irish stage show, Riverdance, which will feature music by Grammy Award-winning production composer Bill Whelan.

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