UK-based Cinesite and Canada's Image Engine will merge. Cinesite already also has a Montreal office, which was concentrating on developing a CG animated film, while also completing VFX work.

In a release, Cinesite said "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. It ensures that both companies are well positioned to deliver world-class visual effects and animation services to their mutual global customer base."

Cinesite has a rich history in visual effects, with ties to miniatures work, Kodak, Cineon. It originally had offices in both Hollywood and London in the early 90s, but recently went through a management buy-out. Image Engine was established in 1995, and has displayed its impressive wares in realistic characters and rendering especially in Neil Blomkamp films such as District 9 and most recently Chappie.

From the release, the company heads gave their views:

“Cinesite and Image Engine are totally complementary to each other,” states 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 adds, “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.”


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