U.K.’s Cinesite Teams With ‘Shrek’ Producer John Williams to Make Animated Films

By Kevyn Cortez | 2 years ago
U.K.’s Cinesite Teams With ‘Shrek’ Producer John Williams to Make Animated Films

Cinesite, a digital visual effects company in Britain, is now heading to the CGI animation industry as they team up with “Shrek” producer John Williams for its first ever gig, “Charming.” For more details on this story read on.

“We believe Charming can be a big commercial success, and we hope this will be the beginning of a longtime feature animation association between 3QU and Cinesite’s super talented artists, technicians, and production team,” said Williams the Hollywood Reporter (THR) on Tuesday.


The “Shrek” producer teams up with the London based, Cinesite which has recently setup a feature animation division in Montreal to produce animated pics for 3QU Media. Its first ever “Charming” will be produced by Williams and to be directed by Ross Venokur. Charming” finds the iconic princesses Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty all engaged to the same Prince Charming.

Cinesite is a digital visual effects and post-production facility in London with an office in Hollywood and is considered one of the largest companies in Europe, best known for their photorealistic visual effects and environments. Established in 1991 (Hollywood) and 1994 (London), the company initially worked solely as a film visual effects facility, completing effects for films such as “Space Jam” and “Titanic”. Eventually the studio became involved in TV work creating effects for several HBO productions, including “Generation Kill”, “Band of Brothers “and Rome” as well as the BBC production “The State Within” among others. Recent works include “Into the Storm” and “The Prisoner”.

Cinesite’s feature film work continued to grow over the years, and by 2000, the company was awarded the work on Warner Bros.’ first Harry Potter film “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”. Cinesite has gone on to complete visual effects work on all eight films in the Harry Potter franchise. It has also done stereo visual effects for pics such as “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and “John Carter.”

Cinesite has been nominated and won, various awards for its visual effects. It won Emmy Awards for “Rome” in 2005 and “Generation Kill“ in 2009, as well as an Emmy Award nomination and a Royal Television Society award for “Band of Brothers” in 2001. Cinesite also contributed almost 500 visual effects shorts to “The Golden Compass”, which won a visual effects Oscar and a BAFTA award in 2007.That’s it for Cinesite Teaming up with ‘Shrek’ producer John Williams. For more updates on upcoming movies, stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG).Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/  Artur Andrzej