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Cinesite Names Caroline Garrett Head of VFX

VFX production veteran will handle operations at company’s London studio.

LONDON -- Cinesite has named Caroline Garrett as head of its London VFX studio, where she will take the helm of a new phase of studio leadership and oversee day-to-day operations at the independent VFX facility.

Commenting on her new appointment, Garrett said, “It’s been a privilege to be part of the evolution of Cinesite over the past ten years. I’m immensely proud of our talented team and the amazing work that they do. We’ve nurtured a culture of creativity and collaboration and as a result our work has never looked better. There are exciting times ahead for London!”

Reporting to Cinesite Group CEO Antony Hunt, Garrett will work with her global counterparts at Cinesite Montreal, Cinesite Vancouver and partner facilities Image Engine and TRIXTER to increase Cinesite’s global capacity for feature films, broadcast and streamers. With 20 years’ industry experience and her own background as an animator and CG artist, Garrett intimately understands the unique rigors that artists face while solving technical and creative challenges.

“Appointing Caroline to head of VFX in London marks a new chapter for Cinesite” Hunt said. “We’re eager to build on the legacy we’ve established and work with new creative partners. Under Caroline’s guidance we will capitalize upon London’s immense talent and capabilities and expand the scope of projects that the studio tackles, all the while closely collaborating with our many estimable clients.”

Since joining Cinesite in 2009, Garrett has strengthened her reputation as a grounded and technically astute senior production executive through her work on a wide variety of high caliber features, from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to Skyfall, World War Z, the multi-award-winning The Revenant, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and most recently, Avengers Infinity War. She has an extensive background in visual effects and brings two decades of experience and production knowhow to the role.

Garrett started her career back in 1998 as an artist at the Magic Camera Company in Shepperton Film Studios. In 2002, she co-founded the previsualization company, Fuzzygoat Ltd., working closely with directors at the start of the creative process. In 2009 she joined Cinesite, taking on the position of CG manager and overseeing management of the 3D department as well as serving as both producer and executive producer. Prior to Caroline’s most recent promotion, she was head of production, overseeing all aspects of production for the London studio.

Garrett is the second woman to be appointed to a head of studio role within the Cinesite group, following Tara Kemes’ appointment as general manager of Cinesite’s Vancouver animation studio earlier this year.

Source: Cinesite