The two successful applicants beat off over 250 submissions to claim the placements, which will run for six weeks during the summer. Chris Mulcaster graduated from Portsmouth University last year after completing a BA in Computer Animation as well as a 12-week Visual Effects course at Escape Studios in London. He was chosen because of the high quality skills he demonstrated as a general artist, with Cinesite commenting on his exceptional modelling and texturing talent. Alex Betancourt is due to graduate from Bournemouth University in June with a BA in Computer Visualisation and Animation. He was chosen because of the confident lighting and shader writing work he conveyed throughout his showreel. Both winners will now go on to work on Cinesite’s upcoming projects including, Fox/Walden’s The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and Disney/Pixar’s John Carter of Mars.
Antony Hunt, managing director of Cinesite, said, “We were truly overwhelmed by the number of applications we received and the standard of showreels submitted. I’d like to welcome Chris and Alex to our team and hope that they enjoy their time with us and get some great experience out of this placement. We’ll be running the Inspire Programme again next year and hope to continue to grow this programme year-on-year as it’s a great way for us to find, grow and nurture new talent.”
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).