As a young man Colin Brown was a soldier, now he’s a visual effects supremo, heads up the UK Film Council’s VFX board and runs Cinesite Europe, giving Hollywood a run for its money.

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Colin Brown has something of a golden touch when it comes to successful film companies. But had it not been for Sean Connery’s performance as James Bond in Dr No he may never have got involved. “To watch someone else from Edinburgh get all the money and all the girls, and have a really good time, gave me ideas,” he says. 
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Now, Brown is CEO of Cinesite Worldwide, and managing director of Cinesite Europe. Based in London’s Soho, Cinesite Europe is the European arm of a Los Angeles-based visual effects and post-production house. 
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Brown has taken Cinesite Europe from strength to strength, landing massive projects such as King Arthur, and the entirely greenscreen-based The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
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Despite his enthusiasm for film, Brown got into the industry late. He never even considered a career in film when he was growing up: “I thought it was an impossible dream, or that you had to have family connections. I certainly didn’t have enough money to approach it as a hobbyist.”
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So, he left school and became an Army officer in the infantry for 10 years. “I left the Army in 1979 ... messed around for a while ... I had been in the infantry, I had a history degree - I wasn’t really fit for much.”
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He eventually got into the industry through film equipment. He worked for several high-end camera and film companies - networking with Hollywood names all the while - before being headhunted by Molinaire, a Soho-based post-production house. 
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