Cinesite has come a long way in the past twenty-plus years. Let’s explore the vaults and check out some of their greatest VFX work.

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In 1991, Kodak Eastman started offering services for their Cineon digital film system. The company they created to handle this endeavor was Cinesite, with offices located in Hollywood and London.

Cinesite - Hogwarts Miniature

Image:  Cinesite’s scale model of Hogwarts via Pinterest.

Throughout the 1990s, Cinesite moved away from digital film services and into VFX, working on big-budget films like GoldenEye, Twelve Monkeys, Mission: Impossible, and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels in addition to TV projects like Cleopatra and Band of Brothers.

Since becoming a full-time VFX house in 2003, Cinesite has worked on some of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters of all time, winning Oscars, BAFTAs, and Emmys along the way.

Cinesite - GoldenEye Miniatures

Image: Cinesite’s scaled miniature for GoldenEye via Shot on What

Sold to a private investor in 2012, Cinesite now has offices in London, Montreal, and Vancouver and recently completed a merger with Image Engine. Their most recent projects include Captain America: Civil War, X-Men: Apocalypse, and The Revenant, for which the company developed set extensions and scene splices to aid the one-shot look and feel.

Motion Picture VFX Work

Cinesite’s VFX work can be seen in every Harry Potter film, including the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. The company even created the miniature model of Hogwarts for the first six films, though they have since closed the model-making division to focus solely on 3D animated effects.

Let’s take a look at their most recent VFX work from The Revenant, Ant-Man, Spectre, San Andreas, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

The key factor in all of Cinesite’s work is their ability to create realistic character animation alongside enhanced environments. You can see both abilities put to amazing use in this VFX breakdown for Pride & Prejudice and Zombies.

Here’s a VFX breakdown from Ant-Man showcasing the team’s success in bringing both Ant-Man and Yellow Jacket to life with amazing detail.

Moving away from colorful superhero characters, Cinesite has proven to have an amazing grasp on environments too, as seen in this VFX breakdown from San Andreas. The artists created a full-blown cavernous environment using 3D elements and physics engines.

In this VFX breakdown of World War Zyou can see how Cinesite developed realistic character animations for zombies and humans alike.

What are your favorite examples of Cinesite’s VFX work? Let us know in the comments below.