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Cinesite Ramps Up Its Compositing Department With Nuke Investment

Cinesite (www.cinesite.com), one of the world's leading film visual effects houses, has heavily expanded its compositing department by investing in a site licence of The Foundry's Nuke compositing software.

Press Release from Cinesite

April 19, 2010 - Cinesite (www.cinesite.com), one of the world's leading film visual effects houses, has heavily expanded its compositing department by investing in a site licence of The Foundry's Nuke compositing software. This allows the facility to host a significant number of additional seats for its visual effects artists.

Cinesite recently used Nuke as its main compositing tool on the Warner Bros hit Clash of the Titans.

The investment is part of an overall strategy by the company to double in size over the next 18 months following the commission of many projects - including Warner Bros' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Disney/Pixar's John Carter of Mars, Fox/Walden's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and the Sony/Columbia picture Battle: Los Angeles.

"As a result of the high demand for our services we evaluated the number of licences for all the software tools we use," said Antony Hunt, managing director of Cinesite. "Nuke is a powerful compositing tool and we've been using it in our pipeline for over six years. By expanding our seats we're able to work faster and more efficiently turn around our clients' projects."

Bill Collis, CEO at The Foundry, commented: "We're delighted that Cinesite has invested in a site licence and has chosen Nuke as its primary compositing tool. The company works on extremely creative projects and their talented artists showcase to the fullest what our tools can do."

About Cinesite

With one of the largest and most comprehensive facilities in Europe, Cinesite's visual effects team has the capacity and creativity to produce all manner of effects, both digital and physical, for feature films and broadcast projects of all scales. Their award-winning team of highly talented visual effects artists take filmmakers' ideas and turn them into spectacular cinematic reality.

Cinesite is currently working on Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (Warner Bros.), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Disney), Marmaduke (Fox), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Fox/Walden), John Carter of Mars (Disney/Pixar) and Battle: Los Angeles (Sony/Columbia). For more information please visit www.cinesite.com <https://mail.rlyl.co.uk/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.cinesite.com/>

About The FoundryThe Foundry is a world-leading innovator of visual effects and image processing technologies that boost productivity in motion picture and video post-production. The Foundry has a well-established client base that includes leading visual effects facilities worldwide, such as Warner Bros, The Moving Picture Company, Weta Digital, Framestore, Sony Pictures Imageworks and Digital Domain. It is at the cutting edge of software development, marketing and sales for visual effects compositing.

In June 2009 The Foundry announced a management buyout for an undisclosed sum led by Advent Venture Partners. Advent backed The Foundry's management team, led by CEO Dr Bill Collis and the original founders. The Foundry is highly profitable and has more than doubled in size in the past two years.

The Foundry's products support a wide range of award-winning host platforms including After Effects, AutodeskR Media and Entertainment Systems, Avid DS, Nuke, Shake and Final Cut Pro. In 2007, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded a Sci-Tech AwardR to The Foundry's development team for the Furnace image processing suite - and the company now holds two products with AMPAS Sci-Tech AwardR winning technology including high-end compositing system Nuke.

The Foundry is headquartered in London, and has offices in Los Angeles. For more information please visit: www.thefoundry.co.uk

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