With visual effects house The Mill closing down its feature film division, Mill Film, to focus on TV commercial work, a number of former Mill workers are taking refuge at expanding Cinesite (Europe) Ltd.
Cinesite (Europe) has announced the appointments of Anthony Hunt as managing director and José Granell as visual effects supervisor/director of models. Also joining the crew from Mill Film are CG artists Simon Stanley-Clamp, Andy Kind, Ivor Middleton and Royston Wilcocks.
Former Mill Film managing director Hunt has nearly 125 feature films under his belt. Between 1988 and 1999, he served as managing director and co-owner of Magic Camera Company before it was sold to Mill Film. His credits include the two Harry Potter movies, Tomb Raider, Mission: Impossible 2, Pitch Black and Lost in Space.
Also an alumnus of Magic Camera Company, Granell served as director of miniature effects for Mill Film. With credits that include Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Braveheart, Golden Eye, Othello, A Knight’s Tale, K-19 and The Count of Monte Cristo, he is one of the U.K.’s leading miniature effects specialists. At Cinesite, he will work closely with Hunt and Janine Modder, general manager of Cinesites’ Effects Associates.
Another major addition to Cinesite is Mitch Mitchell, who joins the team as head of digital imaging. He will be in charge of Cinesite’s digital lab, film scanning and laser recording. In his new role, he will be working closely with Stuart Pearson, head of scanning and recording, and Claire McGrane, digital lab producer. Cinesite describes Mitchell as an early pioneer of digital effects with particular expertise in the research, development and application of new technologies.
London-based Cinesite (Europe) grew substantially in 2002 with work on high-profile films such as the latest James Bond and Harry Potter adventures and the upcoming Jacky Chan/Owen Wilson action comedy Shanghai Knights.