Press Release: Winners of First iAnimate at Cinesite Apprenticeship Announced

Cinesite and online training company iAnimate today announced two winners of their first, 2015 animation apprenticeship.  The joint iAnimate at Cinesite apprenticeship was launched in April, with the aim of fostering new talent entering the thriving Canadian visual effects and animation industry.

Tim Clark and Karine Lafranchise were selected from the many applications received.  Both will be starting contracts as trainee animators with Cinesite, whilst simultaneously completing training with iAnimate as part of their winning apprenticeships.  They will move straight in to production at Cinesite’s Montréal studios, with the company’s feature animation team on the forthcoming production, Charming.

Cinesite Director of Animation Eamonn Butler: “We are always on the lookout for talent. We are investing in young artists by providing world-class training coupled with hands-on experience to help them realise their potential. Cinesite’s partnership with iAnimate has created fantastic opportunities for budding animators to grow!”

The overall standard of applications received was very high.  Co-founder of iAnimate and Cinesite Animation Director for Charming Jason Ryan says of the winning two entries, “Both of the winners are exceptional.  When viewing Tim’s work, you can tell he is passionate about movies and animation; he creates challenging actions and compositions with moving cameras.  Karine’s showreel pushed every pose, action and acting choice beyond what we would expect and it had the spark of greatness we were looking for.  Both are very worthy winners.”

iAnimate at Cinesite winner Karine Lafranchise: “Winning this apprenticeship is a dream come true for me.  I can’t thank iAnimate and Cinesite enough for giving me this opportunity.”

Through a multi-picture deal with 3QU Studios, Cinesite is currently working on a slate of animated films.  Charming, set for release in 2016, follows the story of money-loving bandit Lenore (voiced by Demi Lovato), who realizes that Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty are all engaged to marry the same Prince Charming.