The new division, “Cinesite VIS,” will align with the company’s existing services to allow end-to-end visual effects solutions

Entertainment service studio Cinesite, known for its award-winning work in visual effects, animation and immersive projects, has launched VIS, offering a suite of visualisation services by a team of world-class experts.

This is the latest in a series of announcements by the studio, following last month’s immersive division launch and last year’s investment in world-renowned performance capture studio Imaginarium Studios. The new division will expand the company’s previs, virtual production, techvis and postvis services, and will align with Cinesite’s concept and pipeline departments.

Richard Clarke

The team behind Cinesite VIS is led by Head of Visualisation Richard Clarke, who joins from NVIZ where he was Head of Postvis. He brings his broad experience and creative flair to the newly created role thanks to his extensive history as a VFX Supervisor, CG Supervisor and CFX Supervisor across a diverse range of projects. Passionate about the role of visualisation, Richard says, “What we do allows clients to explore a variety of ideas, to bring the pages of a script to life, to inform every step of the film-making process. Together with Cinesite, we will strengthen and extend that creative partnership throughout the entire process, from script to delivery.”

Richard will report to Jocelin Capper, Cinesite London’s general manager, who says, “With an in-house visualisation (VIS) team, Cinesite will be able to offer end-to-end solutions for projects. Clients will have the option to place their previs, postvis and VFX under one roof rather than having to wrangle multiple companies over many months. This will provide greater flexibility, consistency and can reduce costs.”

Cinesite VIS is currently working on feature film projects as part of an integrated offering, but will also operate as a standalone visualisation vendor, with more projects slated over the coming months.

Eduardo Schmidek

Joining Cinesite VIS alongside Richard, also previously from NVIZ, is Eduardo Schmidek, a Visualisation and Real-Time supervisor with more than 20-years’ experience on high-profile shows including “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”, “The Midnight Sky” (Academy-award nominated for VFX) and “Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical”. Eduardo has been integral in putting together the workflow and pipeline currently used in Previs and Postvis shows, both in Unreal Engine and Maya, enabling filmmakers to quickly build their edits with shots that are considerably closer to the final image.

Cinesite’s recent work includes “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem,” the upcoming “Road House” & “The Fall Guy” movies, “True Detective: Night Country and “The Witcher S3.” Its newly launched immersive division was nominated for a Visual Effects Society award in January for its work with Frameless, the immersive art venue.

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Allan Torp Jensen
Author: Allan Torp Jensen

Allan has worked on visual effects for feature films and television for 20 years. He has experience of the full VFX pipeline but has focused on compositing for the past 15 years and has been a Lead Compositor and Compositing Supervisor on various shows. He has worked with the talented people at Cinesite, Bluebolt VFX, Automatik VFX in London, and Weta Digital in New Zealand. For the past five years, he has worked remotely at his own Torper Studio on various high-end TV and feature film projects.

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