The Imaginarium Studios

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
The Imaginarium Studios
Production company
Industry Performance capture
Founded 2011
Headquarters Ealing, London, United Kingdom
Area served
Key people
Andy Serkis
Services Film production
Website Official website

The Imaginarium Studios is a performance capture studio based in London, founded by actor-director Andy Serkis and producer Jonathan Cavendish in 2011. The studio specialises in applying motion capture technology in film, television and video games. Since 2011, it has provided performance capture for international films including Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015).[1]


Serkis first became interested in "cyber-thespianism" when he first worked with Peter Jackson at his Weta Workshop in New Zealand for The Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong (2005).[2] Serkis stated, "People come out of film schools not equipped with the skills for doing anything other than shooting kitchen sink dramas. We need to change our mindset, cross-fertilise our talent and encourage writers, directors and producers to think on a much larger scale."[2]

Serkis partnered with Cavendish in 2009, opening The Imaginarium officially in 2011 after securing a permanent place at Ealing Studios in London.[3] In January 2012 the studio signed an agreement with Vicon, the world's largest supplier of precision motion tracking systems.[4]

In May 2017 The Imaginarium Studios was subject to a management buyout having lost £4.2 million over the proceeding two years.[5] The restructure was cited as being due to the cancellation of a project, Animal Farm.[6]



Music Videos[edit]


Video Games[edit]