Cinesite Europe has brokered deals with Warner Bros. and Paramount to create visual effects sequences for “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” “Sahara” and “What’s It All About, Alfie?”
London-based shop had previously landed Disney’s “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” for which it will create 300 shots, and Fox’s “Alien vs. Predator.” It is completing 500 shots for Disney’s “King Arthur,” which Jerry Bruckheimer is producing.
It’s unclear just how many f/x shots Cinesite will create for the new slate of pics, but tentpoles “Chocolate Factory” and “Goblet of Fire,” which are ramping up production, and “Sahara,” which is already filming, are considered large, effects-heavy productions, with each requiring hundreds of shots. The remake of “Alfie” is a much smaller project effects-wise.
Pics will require Cinesite to create 3-D sequences and models.
New gigs come as Cinesite has recently moved into a larger facility in London’s Soho and has doubled its workforce.
“This is the busiest and most successful year in our history,” said Cinesite CEO Colin Brown.
Cinesite recently completed extensive compositing and animation work for “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Troy.”
Company’s physical effects subsid Effects Associates, based at Pinewood Studios, recently worked on “Thunderbirds,” “Hellboy” and “Wimbledon.”