Cinesite Seeks to Develop the Next Generation of Visual Effects Talent

Published on website: January 15, 2010
Categories: Antony Hunt , Cinesite , Lab and Post Production , Visual Effects , The StoryBoard Blog

At Cinesite, we’re committed to developing the next generation of visual effects talent.  As such, we just launched our new Inspire Programme, an annual internship for graduates. We devised the Inspire Programme in response to a lack of formalised visual effects internship programmes for students.

Inspire offers a six-week paid placement at the company’s Soho facility and the opportunity to gain invaluable experience working alongside some of the industry’s most experienced visual effects professionals on blockbuster films.

After running a successful event in September for tutors of effects courses all over the UK, and establishing ties with colleges and universities who nurture the next generation of visual effects professionals, we’re confident that this will be a popular and important programme.

We’re also working with Imperial College London on a number of interesting projects and hope to launch something in parallel with ‘Inspire’ in the coming months.  It's of paramount importance that the UK has a good healthy pool of new talent to help fill the skills shortage in this growing sector of film making”

The Inspire Programme placement will run during the summer of 2010 and is open to graduates or undergraduates due to finish university before summer 2010. Cinesite will accept applications in the form of a three-minute showreel showcasing their best work, from people with interest in compositing, lighting, texturing, effects, modelling, animation and digital matte painting. The application process closes on 2 April 2010 and the winner will be announced on 10 May 2010.

Inspire is in addition to the successful internal training programme at Cinesite.  On average six graduates a year end up working on productions internally, they make a valuable contribution to our growing business and complete their training at the same time as working as a facility runner.

Entrants must hold a relevant graduate qualification. For more information about Cinesite’s Inspire Programme, please visit

On a personal note: I’m very proud to be leading the team here at Cinesite, and to be a part of the exciting world of postproduction.  It’s great to work for a company that has worked on such major narrative pieces as The Golden Compass (the special effects for which were recognized with a BAFTA and an Oscar) as well as the Harry Potter franchise. 

It’s exciting to work with such gifted and creative people, and I very much look forward to meeting the new generation of talent.   

Cinesite are currently working on some exciting visual effects projects and are currently hiring Technical Directors, for more information please visit:

To have a look at some of Cinesite's most recent work, check out these movie trailers: Clash of The Titans (Warner Bros.) trailer: and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Disney) trailer: