24 March 2020
BFI AND THE FILM AND TV CHARITY SET UP COVID-19 RELIEF FUND WITH £1M NETFLIX DONATION
The BFI and The Film and TV Charity have partnered to create a new industry-backed Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund to help support the creative community, which like many industries, has been devastated by the pandemic.
23 March 2020
Freefolk Announces Return of Futurefolk Internship Scheme
This will be the VFX studio's third annual talent seeking initiative.
Creative Industries Trade bodies call for Income fund for freelancers
UK Screen Alliance is one of the 34 key trade body signatories who have joined together in an open letter to the Chancellor, calling for help for the freelancer workforce.
20 March 2020
Wiggin LLP advice on COVID-19 for companies in Film & TV
The law firm focusing exclusively on media, technology and intellectual property, has advice to offer clients on the employment law implications of COVID-19, and points of notice for Film and TV businesses.
19 March 2020
Covid-19 support for business misses post-production & VFX
The recently-announced package of state-backed loans of at least £330bn for businesses does not include post-production and Visual Effects (VFX) companies.
Home Office orders yet another review of the Shortage Occupation List
In the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, the Home Office picks its moment to quietly announce its fourth consultation on immigration in less than 2 years
18 March 2020
VIACOMCBS AND SKY COMMISSION MAGIC LIGHT PRE-SCHOOL SERIES PIP AND POSY
The partnership marks the first joint co-production between ViacomCBS and Sky.
2020 WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY PROGRAMME AWARDS
The winners were revealed by writer and comedian Paul Merton and were streamed live to nominees and viewers at home, via the RTS website.
Timeline provides full post-production on two BBC Sport Relief documentaries
Timeline Television North in MediaCityUK provided BBC Sport with full post-production on both the Greg James’ Sport Relief Heroes and 2020: Gareth Thomas’s Tour de Trophy documentaries.
17 March 2020
UK Screen Alliance and Animation UK statement on the impact of Covid-19
Our sector will be seriously affected by the almost total sudden stop of global film and TV production. It will need Government support to get through the coming months and a jump-start once the difficulties are over. We were the fastest growing sector after the 2008 crash, so there's every reason we can do that again once the current crisis passes.
16 March 2020
Elstree Studios’ response to COVID-19/ novel coronavirus
Film and Television Studio Elstree Studios has released a statement on their status concerning their response to the Coronavirus outbreak.
13 March 2020
WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR 2020 BRITISH ANIMATION AWARDS
Lupus Films, Blue-Zoo, and Magic Light Pictures were among the prestigious winners of this year's awards, as well as Aardman Animations who took home four awards on the night.
11 March 2020
Rise to Support Women around the World with Global Expansion
The membership organisation for gender diversity in the broadcast technology sector is expanding to North American and APAC regions, with the appointment of new board members.
10 March 2020
Treasured Projects with Aardman’s Darren Dubicki
Director Darren Dubicki from Aardman Animations discusses some of his career highlights and recent successes with Little Black Book.
4 March 2020
Spotlight On… Mackinnon and Saunders: Master craftspeople pulling the strings behind high-profile productions
In this month's Spotlight feature, UK Screen Alliance talks to Ian Mackinnon, co-founder of the widely-acclaimed Mackinnon and Saunders, specialists in Character design, puppet build and animation production for television, features and commercials.
2 March 2020
Freefolk’s Seamless VFX For New Aldi Campaign
The visual effects team at Freefolk provided exquisite scenes for Aldi's new Ad Campaign, ‘You Might Like'.
ONE OF US CREATE ENCHANTING VFX FOR MATTEO GARRONE’S PINOCCHIO
Soho VFX studio One Of Us announce their involvement in Matteo Garrone's Pinocchio, ahead of its international premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.
Acamar Signs Redan Publishing for New Monthly Bing Magazine
Acamar Films has announced they have signed Redan Publishing for a new monthly Bing Magazine, to follow the Kennedy one-shot magazine.
28 February 2020
CHEAT enriches Netflix series ‘I Am Not Okay With This’ with authentic ‘90s colour
The all-American coming-of-age Netflix comedy series from the producers of 'The End of the F**king World' and 'Stranger Things' was released on the 26th of February.
26 February 2020
Jellyfish Pictures Expands Northern Presence with New Studio in Sheffield
New studio opens following the ongoing development of Northern team having outgrown previous location after nine months.
24 February 2020
ACAMAR MAKE A SPLASH IN PARTNERSHIPS WITH GULLIVER’S LAND AND CBEEBIES LAND ALTON TOWERS
Acamar films signs new partnership with Gulliver's Land and renews Cbeebies Land Alton Towers partnership.
19 February 2020
SHAUN THE SHEEP RETURNS WITH A NEW SERIES ON NETFLIX
Aardman has announced that Shaun and the Flock will return for a brand new series causing more mayhem in 20 x 7’ new episodes, Shaun the Sheep: Adventures from Mossy Bottom.
UK Screen Alliance responds to new Points-based Immigration System
This morning (19/02/2020) the UK Government has published a policy statement on its proposed Point’s Based Immigration system for skilled workers to be introduced by January 1st 2021.
BLUEBOLT bring the drama with VFX FOR SKY’S COBRA
The Soho-based VFX studio BlueBolt was sole visual effects vendor for the new Sky original production, COBRA.
18 February 2020
Film, TV and cinema industries take action as major study reveals ‘mental health crisis’ in the workforce
Almost 87% of people in working in the UK’s film, TV and cinema industries have experienced a mental health problem, according to a major study commissioned.
17 February 2020
CINESITE LISTED IN THE SUNDAY TIMES HSBC INTERNATIONAL TRACK 200
The VFX & feature animation studio has been recognised as one of the UK’s fastest growing companies in the annual Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table.
FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2020 BRITISH ANIMATION AWARDS
The Tiger Who Came to Tea, A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, Zog and The Snail and the Whale, vie for honours for Best Long Form.
13 February 2020
The Animated Women UK’s ‘Helen North Achieve Programme 2020’ Now Open for Entries
Following another successful programme in 2019, AWUK launches The Helen North Achieve Programme for a fourth year to continue to provide targeted career development to women across the VFX and animation industries.
12 February 2020
Creative industry tax reliefs in the UK boost Oscars® winners
One of the night’s biggest winners, 1917, benefitted from creative industry tax reliefs thanks to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
10 February 2020
Rise Launches 2020 Mentoring Programme
Now in its third year, the award-winning mentoring programme is seeking applications for mentees in a variety of broadcasting roles.
CAKE ANNOUNCES GLOBAL DEAL NEW SERIES ON WEB PHENOMENON LUCAS THE SPIDER
Kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE has secured a global deal on behalf of Fresh TV with Cartoon Network and Boomerang for the new long form CGI animated series Lucas the Spider.
MPC Film wins Visual Effects Oscar for work on Sam Mendes’ 1917
Technicolor’s MPC has won the Oscar® for Visual Effects on 1917 at the 92nd Academy Awards.
6 February 2020
AARDMAN ANNOUNCES NEW SHAUN THE SHEEP SEASONAL SPECIAL FOR 2021
Aardman has today announced a Shaun the Sheep seasonal special, which will premiere on BBC One in the UK, and Netflix in the US, Latin America, Spain, CIS, and Greece in late 2021.
Lupus Films to help bring Brambly Hedge tales to TV
Film and television series animation company Lupus Films is joining forces with Rockpool Licensing to bring Brambly Hedge series to a new audience.
5 February 2020
FRIENDS ELECTRIC ANNOUNCES SIGNING OF ARTIST AND DIRECTOR GREG BARTH
The full-service animation company (part of Electric Theatre Collective) welcomed the UK-based artist and director to the team.
Spotlight On…Union VFX: Boundless ambition and bold independence for over a decade
In our first Spotlight feature of 2020, Lucy Cooper, Managing Director of the London-based visual effects company Union VFX chats with UK Screen Alliance about the greatest successes of the company, and developing landscape of the industry as we move into a new decade.
4 February 2020
LUPUS FILMS GO BACK TO SCHOOL TO PRODUCE ANIMATED FEATURE: MOLESWORTH THE MOVIE
Lupus films are set to work alongside Melusine Productions & Uli Meyer Studios to produce the new animated feature film, featuring the voice of Matt Lucas in the title role.
MPC Launches New VFX Division for Streaming and Episodic Content
Technicolor’s MPC announces the official launch of its new episodic visual effects division.
3 February 2020
MPC wins BAFTA for Special Visual Effects on 1917
Technicolor’s MPC win BAFTA for Special Visual Effects for 1917 at the EE British Academy Film Awards.
31 January 2020
StoryFutures Academy Launches Skills for Immersive Experience Creation Report
First comprehensive report on immersive experience production reveals urgent need to develop UK’s talent pipeline.
MOVE summit is back to shake up the animation industry
Scotland’s premier animation festival returns to Edinburgh for a 4th year with stellar line up from Disney Animation, to Industrial Light and Magic.
29 January 2020
Freefolk Provide VFX & Grade for New Campaign For GoDaddy
The team created the visual effects and worked on colour-grading for this quirky spot for web hosting company GoDaddy.
KIRI AND LOU TO LAUNCH IN THE UK
CAKE has announced the UK premiere of award-winning stop motion preschool series Kiri and Lou.
28 January 2020
DNEG appoints Paul Riddle as VFX Supervisor of DNEG TV in London
Riddle is set to join the award-winning DNEG TV team after over 20 years working with the visual effects and animation company.
UK’s award-winning Visual Effects industry to be impacted by visa proposals
UK Screen Alliance CEO Neil Hatton weighs in on the Migration Advisory Committee's newly released report on a points-based immigration system and salary thresholds, and how the booming VFX industry may be affected.
27 January 2020
Numerous Projects at 2020 Sundance Used Blackmagic Design
More than 50 projects at this year's film festival used Blackmagic Design gear.
Kong Studio Pluses Up the Tote with animated Visual Motif
Kong Studio creates playful and fluid animated spot to reflect the company's new brand identity.
Annie Awards 2020 winners
The 47th Annie Awards announced their 2020 winners in California, Los Angeles, on the 25th of January.
24 January 2020
Clear Cut Group completes technical upgrade
Post production house Clear Cut Pictures has unveiled a glimpse at their completed Baselight studio in their West London facility.
23 January 2020
MPC Film submerges itself into Twentieth Century Fox’s new suspense thriller “Underwater”
Twentieth Century Fox’s Underwater follows the story of a small crew of deep-sea miners, trapped in a rapidly flooding structure following a devastating earthquake, who face more than the rough surrounding elements to fight for their survival.
Elstree Studios Expansion at Borehamwood and Sky Studios Elstree moves forward
Hertsmere Borough Council grant planning permission to Elstree Studios for two new superstages at the Elstree Studios Borehamwood site, and Sky reveal plans for new studio complex.
Salamandra CEO LISTED IN UK’S TOP 100 FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS
Animation studio Salamandra's CEO Christine Mackay is listed in the UK’s Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs
22 January 2020
Post-production industry apprenticeships ready for lift-off
A new apprenticeship standard for post production technical operators, which was championed by UK Screen Alliance, is set to launch on the 30th of January 2020.
BRITISH ANIMATION AWARDS ANNOUNCE NEW CATEGORY FOR RISING STARS
The British Animation Awards (BAA) has announced a brand new category for the 2020 awards to recognise rising stars working in the animation industry.
CINESITE London DELIVERS MONSTERS & MAGIC FOR THE WITCHER
Cinesite filled The Continent with dangerous monsters and powerful images for the much talked-about Netflix series The Witcher, based on writer Andrzej Sapkowski's fantasy books.
17 January 2020
MPC FILM HONOURED WITH MULTIPLE OSCAR NOMINATIONS FOR VFX
Technicolor’s MPC leads the 2019 visual effects competition with VFX Academy Award nominations for The Lion King and 1917.
16 January 2020
Digital Orchard to hold ‘New Talent Bar’ at BSC for new industry entrants
Partnered with Illuminatrix, Women Behind The Camera, IMAGO, The British Blacklist and BECTU, the Digital Orchard New Talent Bar will be collectively brought to the 2020 BSC Expo.
15 January 2020
AARDMAN CREATES FILM FOR GREENPEACE TO HIGHLIGHT GLOBAL OCEAN CRISIS
Aardman and Greenpeace have launched a powerful new animated film to highlight the plight of the world’s oceans.
14 January 2020
ACAMAR FILMS SET FOR ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR WITH BING AND STRENGTHENED SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM
The Camden-based independent production company reflects on a successful 2019; from a new series launch, to a number of new additions to the senior team.
13 January 2020
92ND OSCARS® NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED
The nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards have been announced, the ceremony for which will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood.
10 January 2020
Netflix’s The Witcher gets some VFX sorcery from Framestore
As part of its impressive slate of work for the best-known TV streaming services and media distributors, Framestore has delivered an extensive range of VFX for the hotly-anticipated Netflix series The Witcher.
9 January 2020
Audio department expansion at Clear Cut Pictures
Clear Cut Pictures have announced the appointment of new Dubbing Mixer, Cecile Janet, to their creative team.
Framestore earns eight nominations at the 2020 Visual Effects Society Awards
Eight nominations across a diverse range of recent work in film, television, advertising and immersive projects for Framestore.
Visual Effects Society Announces Nominees for 18th Annual VES Awards
ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL and THE LION KING Garner Most Feature Film Nominations.
7 January 2020
Nominations announced: EE British Academy Film Awards 2020
BAFTA has announced the nominations for the 2020 EE British Academy Film Awards.
2 January 2020
Union Re-paint The Sistine Chapel for The Two Popes
Fernando Meirelles' Golden Globe-nominated The Two Popes received visual effects work from Soho based studio, Union VFX.
17 December 2019
Framestore Provides Ethereal VFX for Amazon Studio’s The Aeronauts
Framestore worked on VFX environments for The Aeronauts, the historical action-adventure directed by Tom Harper (Wild Rose, Peaky Blinders, War & Peace).
92ND OSCARS SHORTLISTS ANNOUNCED
The 92nd Oscars® Shortlists in nine Awards have been announced, with categories 'Animated Short Film' and 'Visual Effects' among them.
16 December 2019
‘Return To Work’ Scheme for post & VFX returns for 3rd year in 2020
Participants will become part of the Equal Access Network and we will help facilitate further work opportunities and on-going support.
Cinesite announce new investment and financing of US$112m to enable the group to execute its five-year strategy
Cinesite announced today it has secured investment from Gryphion Capital Investments along with new banking facilities from Barclays and NatWest which amount to US$112m
FOCUS REPORTS RECORD GROWTH FOR FIFTH EDITION
Record attendance and exhibiting figures, an expanded conference programme, plus a range of international networking events all combined to make for a highly successful FOCUS 2019.
12 December 2019
Jellyfish Pictures Expands Becoming World’s Largest ‘Virtual’ VFX and Animation Studio
The new studio in Brixton bolsters Jellyfish Pictures’ capacity to 350 increasing staff numbers by 40%.
11 December 2019
Spotlight On… Axis Studios: Animated artistry cultivating creative careers
This month Axis Studios’ Director & Creative Head of Development Stephen Donnelly discusses his career journey, creative process and the company’s development of original IP.
10 December 2019
The Tiger Who Came To Tea premiering Christmas Eve on Channel 4
Channel 4 to air animated Christmas special of Judith Kerr’s children’s classic produced by Lupus Films on Christmas Eve.
8 December 2019
VFX industry fears Conservative’s skilled visa policy
Latest Conservative announcements on post-Brexit visas, fail to allay the worries of VFX industry
6 December 2019
BLUE ZOO ANIMATE FESTIVE MUSIC VIDEO FOR ‘LET’S NOT GO AWAY’, NEW SONG BY SCOUTING FOR GIRLS
The music video for Christmas single 'Let's Not Go Away' by Scouting For Girls, has first-time director Katie Gascoyne taking the reins in Blue Zoo’s innovative shorts programme.
3 December 2019
Timeline North provides post-production on BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019
Timeline North will provide post-production on BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2019, which will be broadcast from Aberdeen in Scotland.
Sky plan to build Major new Film & TV Studio at Elstree
Sky Studios Elstree is set to be a new leading European studio with 14 stages, providing over 2000 new jobs and £3bn production investment in UK creative sector expected in first five years alone
2 December 2019
LUPUS FILMS’ ‘THE CHRISTMAS LETTER’ TO AIR ON SKY ONE & SKY KIDS THIS CHRISTMAS
Kate Winslet Narrates This Must-See Festival Special, animated by Lupus Films, coming to screens this Christmas.
28 November 2019
Award Winning Co-founder and VFX Supervisor of Axis Studios Wins Second BIFA for Shaun The Sheep: Farmageddon
Howard Jones is among the prestigious recipients of The British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) craft award winners for 2019.
27 November 2019
Freefolk Strengthen Their Offering with a Hattrick
Soho-based award winning commercials and longform VFX Studio, Freefolk, announce a promotion and two new hires.
26 November 2019
AARDMAN’S FESTIVE SPECIAL, ROBIN ROBIN, TO COME TO NETFLIX IN 2020
Aardman has announced its new animated holiday special, Robin Robin, coming to Netflix in 2020.
ACAMAR FILMS PARTNERs WITH VUE AND SHOWCASE TO BRING BING TO THE BIG SCREEN FOR CHRISTMAS
Following the successful debut of Bing in cinemas last year, Acamar Films have developed a new feature-length cinema experience, “Bing’s Christmas”, which will run exclusively in 105 cinemas across the UK from Friday 29th November.
25 November 2019
BBC Studioworks extends Elstree Studios partnership
BBC Studioworks is continuing its successful partnership with Elstree Studios for another four years, until at least March 2024.
20 November 2019
‘The Adventures of Paddington’ animated by Blue-zoo to air March 2020 on Nick Jr.
Ben Whishaw returns in the title role of the series, set to air in March 2020 on Nick Jr., with a brand-new theme song “Paddington Bear” written and performed by Gary Barlow.
13 November 2019
Jellyfish Pictures Meets A-List Security Requirements with PixStor Storage For Blockbuster Projects
New PixStor secure multi-tenancy capabilities allow leading VFX and animation house to meet exacting security standards whilst delivering collaborative workflows.
12 November 2019
Screen industries help keep UK out of Recession
UK GDP monthly estimate reveals screen industry key in supporting the economy and preventing a recession.
11 November 2019
DAVID TOWNSEND JOINS AXIS AS HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Axis Studios announced the appointment of David Townsend as new Head of Business Development.
8 November 2019
IKEA’S FIRST CHRISTMAS AD ENCOURAGES THE NATION TO ‘Silence the Critics’ with VFX by ETC
New integrated campaign from IKEA aims to encourage customers to ‘Silence the Critics’ in the campaign by Mother London, with the help of post work by the Electric Theatre Collective.
7 November 2019
Spotlight On… Blackmagic Design: Bringing about ‘The End of the F***ing World’ with CHEAT
UK Screen Alliance talks with MD and Colourist Toby Tomkins about Blackmagic Design continuing its expansion of DaVinci Resolve Studio at CHEAT studios, and the integral part it played in putting the finishing touches to the romantically nihilistic ‘The End of the F***ing World’.
6 November 2019
Richard Curtis Teams With Locksmith Animation On “The Empty Stocking”
Sarah Smith and Julie Lockhart are joined by Bonnie Arnold to oversee film based on series of children’s books by writer / director known for ‘Love Actually,' ‘Yesterday’ and ‘Four Weddings and A Funeral’.
FUTURE OF FILM SUMMIT ANNOUNCES BRAND/CREATE PITCH
The Future of Film Summit 2019 one-day conference, hosted at BFI Southbank this year, has announced their Brand / Create Pitch.
5 November 2019
TECHNICOLOR’S MILL FILM TEAMS WITH JOACHIM RØNNING TO BRING DISNEY’S MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL TO SCREENS
Rønning once again collaborated with Technicolor's Mill Film to bring back Disney’s favourite fairy godmother in Maleficent Mistress of Evil.
Kong animates the FOMO for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker with IMAX
The animated spot is Kong Studio’s third Collaboration with IMAX for the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
The Mill Promotes trio as new Senior Producers
Together, Rebecca Perry, Nicole Duncan and Angela Toner are set to bring a new level of expertise to London branch of The Mill.
4 November 2019
Clear Cut Pictures welcomes new Online Editor
Catherine Preece joins the creative team as Online Editor at the London-based post house.
1 November 2019
LOCKSMITH ANIMATION SIGNS DEAL WITH WARNER BROS. PICTURES
Dedicated feature CG Animation Studio Locksmith Animation has signed a multi-picture deal with Warner Bros. Pictures.
30 October 2019
Elstree Studios strengthens support of Green Initiatives
Elstree Studios have announced a review of their policies and procedures concerning their carbon footprint, and endeavours to improve their “green” credentials.
Animation UK and CMC help Industry ‘Be Ready for Brexit’
The event, free for attendees and tailored for animation and kids’ content TV/digital production communities, distributors and media freelancers, was an opportunity for a range of industry experts to present invaluable information on how the sector can prepare for various Brexit outcomes.
29 October 2019
Clear Cut Pictures expands Post Producing team
Post Production house Clear Cut Pictures announces a new addition to their Post Producing team, as Abi South joins as a Senior Post Producer.
CREATIVE INDUSTRIES PUBLISH NEW MANIFESTO
A consortium of industry bodies representing key stakeholders and employers in the creative industries have issued a 10-point manifesto outlining statements of intent.
25 October 2019
Framestore Welcomes Manne Öhrström to role of Global Head of Film Software
Framestore is not unfamiliar to Manne, as from 2007-2008 he worked at the company on the animated feature, The Tale of Despereaux.
24 October 2019
Technicolor announce launch of new facility in Wales
The new facility is located at Wolf Studios in Cardiff, with a multi-purpose, state of the art suite, as well as space for VFX and front-end services including dailies.
18 October 2019
Framestore partner with Havas London to produce eye-opening CG visuals for Optrex
Directed by William Barlett, Framestore Pictures produced the latest, fully-CG commercial for eye care brand Optrex and advertising agency Havas London.
1st Broadcast Tech Innovation Awards winners named
Last night in London the inaugural Broadcast Tech Innovation Awards were held, revealing the talented winners from across TV production and broadcast in VFX, VR, Post Production and more.
Onsight deliver post production for ‘The Courier’
Olga Kurylenko stars in the thriller as the title role of 'The Courier', a fearless woman with a mysterious past and a deadly enemy in Ezekiel Mannings (Gary Oldman).
15 October 2019
Spotlight On… BlueBolt: Powering through 10 years of electrifying visual effects
For this month's Spotlight feature, Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor, founder & CEO, BlueBolt talks to UK Screen Alliance about BlueBolt's origins, growth, and views on the impact of the High-End TV boom on the VFX industry.
14 October 2019
shots Awards Europe 2019 shortlist announced
The shortlist for the 2019 Europe shots Awards has been announced, with a plethora of talented companies and individuals shortlisted for this year's Euro-centric award show.
10 October 2019
Framestore helps realise a wonderland for latest Celebrity Cruises commercial
Framestore partnered with production company Iconoclast and advertising agency Lucky Generals on the latest dream-like commercial for Celebrity Cruises.
MPC Film and Mr X spearhead VFX of depths of the unknown in Ad Astra
The paranoid space thriller follows Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) on a mission across the solar system to uncover the truth of his father's disappearance, features the stunning visual effects of MPC film and Mr X.
25 September 2019
Creative Industries Federation and Creative England join forces
Today a public statement has been released on the merging of the Creative Industries Federation and Creative England to become a part of the same UK-wide organisation.
24 September 2019
Young Audience Content Fund Exceeding Targets
Animation UK Executive Chair Kate O'Connor gives an update on the fund in relation to submissions from the animation sector.
20 September 2019
Clear Cut Pictures further expands audio department
London-based Post house Clear Cut has announced their new appointment of Rob Morgan as Dubbing Mixer.
19 September 2019
SEAN CLARKE APPOINTED AS MD OF AARDMAN
Aardman announced today the successor to David Sproxton, who is stepping back from the MD role after 43 years at the helm of the studio.
18 September 2019
Motion Picture Association Unifies Global Brand
The trade association representing producers and distributors of film, television, and streaming content is updating and unifying its brand.
16 September 2019
Framestore celebrates Emmy win for Free Solo 360 in Interactive Media category
Framestore announces that Free Solo 360, a VR experience created in partnership with National Geographic, was awarded a Creative Arts Emmy this weekend.
13 September 2019
Spotlight On… Vine FX: The VFX company elevating High-End TV and highlighting history
In this month's Spotlight issue we talk to Michael Illingworth, founder of Vine FX - the BAFTA-nominated visual effects company based in Cambridge who offer the full range of visual effects services.
11 September 2019
Why Delay Graduate visas? We need them now
UK Screen Alliance welcomes Government announcement to reinstate post-study work visas, but questions why it can't be introduced sooner for international students currently studying in the UK.
6 September 2019
Elstree Studios building two brand New Stages
The film studios are set to use former the Big Brother site for expansion, with two new stages to be made available to clients in 2020.
5 September 2019
UK Screen Alliance Releases Ground-breaking Industry Diversity & Inclusion Report
‘Inclusion and diversity’ study results published today reveal positive industry gains and highlight areas of future focus.
22 August 2019
Executive Producer Amy Wixson Joins Outpost VFX
Outpost VFX has announced that Amy Wixson (A Quiet Place, Ghost in the Shell, Rogue One) has joined the company as Executive Producer
20 August 2019
Axis Studios makes the 1000 companies to inspire Britain 2019 list
Axis Studios recognised in sixth edition of London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain report.
19 August 2019
Clear Cut Pictures appoints Colourist Damion Katwaroo
Clear Cut Pictures has announced that Colourist; Damion Katwaroo is to be the newest addition to their creative team.
15 August 2019
Creative Industries urge government to recognise the value of creative education
Over 150 key figures from across the creative industries and beyond have signed a letter urging government to recognise the value of creative education.
‘Get It Right’ campaign aims to highlight the true cost of content infringement
Caspar Lee & Snoochie Shy kick off new video series highlighting our shared love of creative content and the true cost of piracy Creative industries initiative encouraging fans to value the creative process and to access content legally
13 August 2019
Cinesite releases VFX Breakdown Reel for Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame
Cinesite delivered 264 shots, for Marvel Studios’ record-breaking box office smash film Avengers: Endgame, which were overseen by Cinesite VFX supervisor Simon Stanley-Clamp.
9 August 2019
50% of EU VFX, animation, and Post workers have yet to apply for Settled Status
According to our recent UK Screen Alliance survey data, more than 50% of European workers in UK Visual Effects, Animation and Post production have yet to apply to settled status.
7 August 2019
Tax reliefs provided £1.1 billion boost to creative sectors
HM Treasury has revealed new figures on how much Britain's Film, High-end TV, and Animation sectors have benefited from government tax reliefs.
Spotlight On…Karrot Animation: A healthy helping of multi-generational storytelling
For this month's Spotlight feature, we talk to Jamie Badminton, co-founder of Karrot Animation, the BAFTA & Emmy award-winning entertainment company specialising in the creation, development and production of children’s and family entertainment.
6 August 2019
The Lion King: A Case Study
Technicolor has published an extensive Case Study page on MPC Film's work on Disney's 'The Lion King', featuring interviews, stills, visual effects breakdowns and more.
New BFI Fund supports animation Creative Talent
Animation UK are delighted to report that the BFI has today announced their new Short Form Animation Fund, offering support for higher-budget animated work from teams based in the UK.
25 July 2019
Lola Post have a hand in creating out-of-this-world VFX shots for ‘The Planets’
Award-winning providers of VFX for film and television Lola Post completed more than two hours of VFX content for The Planets, the landmark BBC series, presented by Professor Brian Cox.
Vine FX provide Visual Effects for ITV’s Beecham House with a Flourish
Cambridge based VFX studio, Vine FX are delighted to announce they were the sole VFX vendor on Gurinder Chadha’s Beecham House, the new Sunday night drama for ITV.
17 July 2019
Broadcast Tech Innovation awards 2019 shortlist announced
The Broadcast Tech innovation awards released the shortlist of nominations for the 2019 awards ceremony, rewarding exceptional talent in creativity, innovation, and collaboration among the broadcast industry of the past year.
ELECTRIC THEATRE COLLECTIVE’S LONDON STUDIO welcomes back COLOURIST JASON WALLIS
Colourist Jason Wallis returns to VFX house Electric Theatre Collective's London studio after 2 years at Electric’s LA office.
BFI London Film Festival announce Opening Night gala
The 63rd BFI London Film Festival announces this year’s Opening Night gala will be Armando Iannucci's 'The Personal History of David Copperfield'.
WALES’ LEADING POST-HOUSE GORILLA ACQUIRES NEW FACILITY IN CARDIFF CITY CENTRE
Gorilla acquires Splice’s 6,300 sq ft facility with production space and edit suites on St Mary’s Street, Cardiff.
16 July 2019
BAFTA commence £25m redevelopment of their London base
The renovated 195 Piccadilly headquarters for BAFTA will open in summer 2021 with doubled capacity to support charitable work and emerging talent.
12 July 2019
ENTERTAINMENT ONE TO ACQUIRE DAISYBECK STUDIOS
The move comes as part of eOne's planned expansion of non-scripted business to bolster the company's position in the UK.
11 July 2019
UK Screen Alliance launches survey on Inclusion for VFX, Animation and Post-Production
There is very little data about ethnicity, disability, or social mobility in VFX, animation or post production. To understand the impact of any new initiatives we will need credible statistics so we have launched a new survey.
4 July 2019
DCMS to fund apprenticeship training agency pilot and CIC commits to diversity
Secretary of State for DCMS, Jeremy Wright has announced £100k of funding to launch a pilot scheme to boost the uptake of apprenticeships in the Creative Industries.
3 July 2019
Ofcom publishes updated response to PSBs Children’s Content plans
Regulatory body Ofcom has published their updated repsonse to the commerical PSBs' plans to iprove children's television content.
2 July 2019
ScreenSkills seek Animation Production Liason Executive alongside relaunch of the Animation Skills Fund
Plans for the Animation Skills Fund will be discussed at the Children's Media Conference in Sheffield on Thursday the 4th of July.
‘Media Company of the Year’ awarded to DNEG at the Evening Standard Business Awards 2019
Visual Effects company DNEG received the award at a ceremony celebrating companies making valuable advances in their fields.
28 June 2019
DNEG team gains Production VFX Supervisor of ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Logan’ in London
Visual effects, animation, and stereo conversion company Double Negative welcomes Senior VFX Supervisor Chas Jarrett.
27 June 2019
Warner Bros. De Lane Lea open new dailies facility at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden
Warner Bros. De Lane Lea have today announced that their new state-of-the-art dailies facility has opened its doors on-site at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden.
20 June 2019
Timeline TV North launches podcast offering at MediaCityUK
Awards-winning production facility Timeline TV North has recently expanded its MediaCityUK presence, becoming the fitst provider to offer high-end purpose designed podcast services.
18 June 2019
MPC London gains Yoomin Lee as Senior Colourist
Moving Picture Company (MPC) has bolstered their team with Yoomin Lee as their Senior Colourist, whose past work includes campaigns for Google, Valentino, FIFA and Samsung.
14 June 2019
Pitch 100 2019 list published
The Pitch 100 Superwomen List - an initiative launched to celebrate superwomen working behind the scenes in the creative industry - has been published this week.
13 June 2019
VFX Animation team at DNEG is bolstered with high-profile creative hires
DNEG has announced a series of strategic senior appaointmen to its VFX Animation team, in London and Montréal.
11 June 2019
UK’s Creative Industries set to grasp export opportunities as top 50 Createch ‘ones to watch’ list published
The first ever UK Creative Industries Trade and Investment Board (CITIB) strategy has been published today, pledging to boost creative industries goods and service exports by 50 per cent by 2023.
10 June 2019
New Managing director Appointed at Artem SFX
Mike Kelt, Chairman of Artem, the award-winning physical special effects company, has announced the appointment of Toby Stewart as Managing Director of the company.
3 June 2019
Spotlight On… The Finish Line: Champions of TV Post in it for the long run
This month we chat to Zeb Chadfield, CTO of The Finish Line, to find out more about their values and work processes, new kit, and his views on the changing landscape of post production in the UK.
Jellyfish Pictures Heads North With New Virtual Studio
BAFTA and multi-award winning VFX and animation studio, Jellyfish Pictures, has announced the opening of a new virtual animation facility in Sheffield.
30 May 2019
Vine FX Expand Their Cambridge Studio
Proving there's life beyond Soho, Vine FX announce their expansion into a new 2,000 sq ft VFX studio, doubling their capacity to 30 artists.
24 May 2019
Clear Cut Pictures strengthens Editing team with Online Editor Ben Salkeld
Clear Cut Pictures is welcoming a new addition to their team, Online Editor Salkeld, who has worked on multiple BAFTA nominated shows during his extensive career.
Aardman launches armature kit in partnership with global retailer Animation Toolkit
Aardman has partnered with global retailer Animation Toolkit, to create a bespoke 'Armature Kit' aimed at supporting stop-motion animation enthusiasts and students with the process of creating puppets for film, and the small screen.
23 May 2019
DNEG hires New Head of Character Animation Andrew Gordon
DNEG has announced their appointment of Andrew Gordon, creator of iconic characters for Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo, as Head of Character Animation for their Feature Animation team in London.
21 May 2019
Axis Studios appoints Head of Communications
Axis Studios, the leading animation and visual effects studio behind the recent Netflix series 'Happy' and 'Love, Death and Robots - Helping Hand', has announced the appointment of Tracey la Cour as Head of Communications.
14 May 2019
Engineering Success with ACCESS: VFX
Non-Executive Director of ACCESS: VFX Amy Smith sheds some light on the cross-company initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the VFX & animation industries.
VFX Apprenticeships Made Easy
An industry event was held with UK Screen Alliance, NextGen Skills Academy, ACCESS: VFX and Westminster Kingsway College, supported by ScreenSkills, for everything companies need to about how to start recruiting and training VFX apprentices.
7 May 2019
Spotlight On… The Imaginarium Studios: The world-leading conjurers of mixed-reality storytelling
The Performance & Motion capture studio based Ealing Studios founded by Andy Serkis is leading the way globally, as a shining example of magical multifaceted innovation in mixed reality.
BBC’s ‘Bodyguard’ puts Peerless & Artem centre-stage for BAFTA’s Must-See Moment Award
With six nominees for Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment, the shortlisted programmes for the award represent the most-talked about Television moments of 2018.
2 May 2019
Return to Work Scheme for Post & VFX gives 10 placements
Ten parents and carers have successfully completed paid placements within the Post Production and VFX sector as part of ScreenSkills Return To Work Scheme in association with Film London, concluded today with a networking lunch in partnership with UK Screen Alliance.
DNEG shortlisted for the Evening Standard Business Awards 2019
DNEG have been short listed for best Media Company of the Year in the 2019 Evening standard Business Awards.
1 May 2019
Freefolk’s Head of Colour, Paul Harrision returns to London
After a two year stint as an Englishman in New York, Freefolk’s multi award winning colourist, Paul Harrison is returning to their Soho studio.
29 April 2019
Peter Doyle joins Warner Bros. De Lane Lea’s new Picture Services Division
Warner Bros. De Lane Lea (WBDLL) today announced that world-class Supervising Colourist Peter Doyle is joining its new picture services division. Peter brings with him an extensive breadth of technical expertise acquired over an impressive 40- year career.
26 April 2019
Award-winning British shows to feature in the cutting edge of latest VR and AR tech
Wallace & Gromit and hit drama Peaky Blinders will be part of Ambitious new projects by industry leaders in immersive entertainment putting fans in the thick of the action to be part of modern Industrial Strategy in action to ensure home-grown talent remains world-leading for the next generation.
24 April 2019
Framestore Pictures and GEICO get ready for Avengers: Endgame
In the newest GEICO and Avengers crossover, the second to be directed by Tom Routson of Framestore Pictures, we find the Gecko walking down a busy street and past a cinema where he sees a poster for the new Avengers: Endgame.
15 April 2019
Framestore helps deliver Justin Chadwick’s vision for new Idris Elba-fronted Sky commercials
Hollywood director Justin Chadwick teamed up with Idris Elba for Sky as it rolls out a new family-driven ad campaign starring the British icon. Life But Better is a series of three vibrant and colourful films for Sky’s first campaign with Mother, for which the advertising agency called on Framestore to provide VFX and a very important colour grade.
12 April 2019
Post Production Technical Operator apprenticeship gets green light
A new apprenticeship standard for post production technical operators has been approved for delivery by the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA). The standard has been developed by a group of Trailblazer employers including Clear Cut Pictures, Technicolor, MPC, Fifty Fifty Post, Molinare, Company 3, Encore, Run VT, Edit Store, Platform and Pinewood.
9 April 2019
MPC Film takes Disney’s “DUMBO” to new heights
Overall VFX Supervisor Richard Stammers and MPC VFX Supervisor Patrick Ledda oversaw MPC’s teams, made up of more than 1200 artists and production crew, to deliver 1150 shots for “Dumbo”, over the course of two and a half years.
8 April 2019
Spotlight On… Brown Bag Films: Developing Studios, Skills, and 25 Years of Success
UK Screen Alliance talked to Director of UK operations at Brown Bag, Sarah McQuire, who gave an insight into the company's growth, some of her personal favourite achievements, and what’s on the horizon.
2 April 2019
UK Screen Alliance Encourages all European VFX, Post and Animation Workers in the UK to Apply for Settled Status
The UK Settlement Scheme for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens is now open for applications.
29 March 2019
Freefolk Receives BAFTA Nomination for The Alienist
Freefolk, Soho based VFX studio is thrilled to announce they’ve been nominated for a British Academy Television Craft Award for Special, Visual & Graphic Effects for their work on The Alienist (Paramount TV / TNT / Netflix).
28 March 2019
The Edit Store welcomes highly experienced Post Production Manager Ellie Stanway to the team
The Edit Store was recently acquired by Clear Cut Pictures and this key appointment is the first step in exciting plans for the business.
26 March 2019
Electric Theatre Collective utilises film scanning for latest VFX project with Somesuch
Award-winning VFX company Electric Theatre Collective teams up with Somesuch and Director, Duncan Loudon, for MorMor’s latest visual ‘Outside”
Futurefolk Internship Scheme returns for a second year
Freefolk, the Soho based VFX studio, is excited to announce the second annual Futurefolk competition - their initiative to nurture and inspire the next generation of VFX talent.
13 March 2019
New Creative Careers programme set to help over two million teens discover creative futures
Creative industries leaders have joined forces to launch a new Creative Careers Programme designed to help 2 million teenagers discover the breadth of jobs on offer in the UK’s fastest-growing sector.
11 March 2019
Spotlight On… Gorilla Group: Welsh Post House Equipped to Revolutionise Film & TV
Gorilla is a Cardiff based full service post production house specialising in broadcast media and film. Based in bustling Cardiff Bay, their facilities and friendly team of staff combine creative excellence and technical innovation – all served up with a warm Welsh welcome.
7 March 2019
National Apprenticeships Week: 2019 sees dynamic cohorts for VFX companies
For National Apprenticeships Week this week, UK Screen Alliance would like to shed some light on the successes of ours and our members’ implementation and value of apprenticeships in the visual effects sector.
Production Company Caviar collaborates with ETC on new Wiley ‘Boasty’ music video
Henry Scholfield of Caviar's directs grime artist Wiley's 'Boasty' music video featuring Idris Elba in collaboration with Electric Theatre Collective.
25 February 2019
Double Negative Wins the Best Visual Effects Oscar for Work on First Man
DNEG’s Academy Award-winning VFX Supervisor Paul Lambert and DNEG DFX Supervisor Tristan Myles accepted the award for ‘Best Visual Effects’ for their outstanding in-camera FX work on ‘First Man’, alongside Miniature Effects Supervisor Ian Hunter, and Special Effects Supervisor J.D. Schwalm.
19 February 2019
ETC Provide Dazzling Visual Effects in GTB’S TV Spot for the New Ford Focus Active
Electric Theatre Collective, the award-winning VFX company, provides stunning visual effects to the latest ad for for the Ford Focus Active.
13 February 2019
Spotlight On…Electric Theatre Collective: Chameleon Creatives with a Fresh Perspective
Giles Cheetham, VFX artist and one of the four co-founders of Electric Theatre Collective, talks to UK Screen Alliance about ETC's origins, expansion, and recent changes in the visual effects industry.
5 February 2019
Clear Cut acquires Edit Store and Sound Store
Clear Cut Pictures has acquired the post production companies The Edit Store and The Sound Store. All three companies will continue to trade in their own names, servicing their long standing clients at their respective sites and with the existing cohort of staff.
Specialist Insurance Brokers Integro Launch New Piracy Protection for Film & TV
Integro’s Entertainment division has announced an innovative product created to provide protection against piracy.
30 January 2019
‘Diversish’ Campaign Launched at Davos to Challenge Businesses Excluding Disability from Diversity Commitments
Electric Theatre Collective provides their post production talent to a new campaign that holds global business leaders accountable for disability inclusion in their businesses launched at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Summit in Davos.
Karsten Hecker Appointed Head Of Technology at Outpost
Outpost VFX announce Karsten Hecker joining the team as new Head of Technology
29 January 2019
Relief at No-Deal temporary measures for EU recruitment
UK government has recently announced more information on plans for EU citizens desiring to enter and work in the UK following a March 29th No-Deal Brexit.
17 January 2019
Spotlight On…Magic Light Pictures: Illuminating screens with Signature Style
Magic Light Pictures makes imaginative entertainment for audiences, families and children worldwide, Oscar nominated and responsible for creating content beloved worldwide, the BAFTA award winning company specialises in family entertainment and brands, managing production, distribution, licensing and marketing,
Creative Sector business leaders call for new Brexit referendum
Over 170+ UK business leaders respond to the defeat of the Brexit deal by calling on both main party leaders in Westminster to support the campaign for a People’s Vote.
15 January 2019
BlueBolt appoints Jonathan Barson as Chief Operating Officer
London based VFX specialist BlueBolt expands its management team with the addition of Jonathan Barson to a newly created role of Chief Operating Officer.
11 January 2019
Freefolk kick off 2019 with stylish CG idents for Confused.com
Following on from Freefolk’s work with Karmarama for their new campaign 'From Confusion to Clarity' last year, the team continues the collaboration for Confused.com providing post production on seven idents with director Luke White at Kream.
10 January 2019
Electric Theatre Collective Bolsters Production Team With Three New Hires
Electric Theatre Collective, the award-winning VFX company, kicks off 2019 by adding three new hires to its production team: Elle Lockhart, Polly Durrance and Antonia Vlasto.
8 January 2019
Technicolor London launches Front-End Services hub at Cinelab
Technicolor London is expanding their front-end operations to support film and digital productions by partnering with Cinelab’s facility just outside of London, less than 30 minutes from the Pinewood, Shepperton and Leavesden studios.
Clear Cut Pictures welcomes back experienced Post Producer Harriet Colson
Harriet Colson rejoins Clear Cut Pictures post-production team in newly-created Account Manager position.
19 December 2018
EU Visa Costs will Impact VFX and Animation Industries Competitiveness
The long-awaited Immigration Bill white paper has been published, which sets out the Government’s plans for the post-Brexit visa system, following the recommendations made by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) earlier this year.
Freefolk reflects on 15 years with celebration
Emmy Award-winning VFX company Freefolk have officially turned 15 years old earlier this month.
11 December 2018
Spotlight On…Ealing Studios: Setting an example for Sustainability in Studios
Ealing studio's Studio Manager Charlie Fremantle talks to UK Screen Alliance about studio energy sustainability and the Screen Industry going green with the help of BAFTA and Albert's Good Energy project.
10 December 2018
BlueBolt founders win WFTV Barclays Award for Business
Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor and Angela Barson have won the 2018 Barclays Business Award at this year’s Women in Film and TV awards at the London Hilton Park Lane. This prestigious award is given to visionary females whose business acumen and financial results impressed the judging panel.
7 December 2018
Multimillion pound boost for England’s creative industries aims to attract more talent
Multi-million boost for England's creative industries aims to help attract more talent. £20 million fund to boost creative industries throughout regions with additional support for games sector.
6 December 2018
Next Steps to Improving Diversity and Inclusion in the UK Screen Sector – Speech by CEO of UK Screen Alliance
UK Screen Alliance CEO Neil Hatton, spoke at the Westminster Media Forum this week on encouraging the growth of skills, and inclusion of different genders, abilities and backgrounds, behind the camera as well as in front of it, in the visual effects, animation, and post production sectors.
4 December 2018
Framestore projects solidify place in VFX Oscar Race long-list
While the Oscars might still be three months away, the race for the VFX Oscar is already heating up – with Framestore projects making up almost a third of the longlisted projects
3 December 2018
Clear Cut Pictures strengthens Editing team with new appointment
Clear Cut Pictures is delighted to be welcoming a new addition to their team.
Framestore’s VFX wizardry shines in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Framestore makes a welcome return to Hogwarts for J.K.Rowling’s sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald; having delivered 490 shots of VFX and animation across their sites in London and Montréal.
30 November 2018
Cinesite transforms Dubrovnik into stylised 16th century Nottingham for Robin Hood
For the latest Lionsgate remake of the classic Robin Hood tale, Cinesite’s London team completed just under 300 shots.
29 November 2018
Ian Bradley joins Framestore as Design Director
Framestore announces the hiring of Ian Bradley as Design Director, who will be based out of the company’s New York office.
28 November 2018
UK Screen Alliance launches £100,000 apprenticeship training fund
UK Screen Alliance is announcing today its Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Fund, to be known as the ALT Fund. This pot which will be at least £100,000 is to be made available for apprenticeship training in small and medium sized VFX, post and animation companies. Applications are welcome from member and non-member companies.
Britain’s creative industries contribute over £100 billion to UK economy says new DCMS figures
New figures reveal Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s sectors are now worth £268 billion, having contributed a record-breaking £101.5 billion to the economy in 2017, new figures show.
26 November 2018
MPC create enchanting world and characters for Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
London-based visual effects studio MPC Film give an insight into their visual effects in Disney's The Nutcracker And The Four Realms, with before and after stills of character and CG environments work.
16 November 2018
Spotlight On…Freefolk: VFX & post studio celebrating 15 winning years
Freefolk is an Emmy-award winning post & VFX company, with creative artists, technicians, producers based in London and New York, using post production as their 'toolbox'. They work closely with clients in the advertising, film, TV and music industries, and provide a full service post production and VFX offering high-end colour grading, 2D & 3D visual effects, shoot supervision, animation, design, direction and concept.
13 November 2018
New research investment aims to provide boost for UK’s Creative Industries
Nine Creative Industries clusters across eight UK cities to bring creative hubs together with researchers and businesses
Artem SFX marks more than three decades in business with appointment of new directors
Artem promotes three internal candidates to Board.
24 October 2018
Netflix recruiting Accounting trainees to join UK Production Department
Netflix is looking to recruit a select group of trainees with the right skills and experience, to work in the accounts department on their productions across the UK.
16 October 2018
Walter Campbell joining MPC to aid development of ‘end to end’ production house
Walter Campbell, the creative director behind the Guinness ‘Surfer’ ad (1999) has been announced to be joining MPC London as Creative Head of Business Development.
14 October 2018
Colourist Chris Rodgers joining Encore London
The grading artist will join the colour team at Encore London’s Wardour Street location.
10 October 2018
First content for Magic Leap 3D board game unveiled
Framestore proudly presents 'Air New Zealand Fact or Fantasy? The Fantastical Game of New Zealand', the studio’s first content for the Magic Leap One.
8 October 2018
Framestore appoints Suzanne Jandu Head of 2D
Framestore is pleased to welcome Suzanne Jandu as Head of 2D in London, working across its Advertising, Television and Immersive divisions.
Visual Effects creates value in excess of £1billion per year for the UK economy
According to the new Screen Business report released today, the UK’s Visual Effects (VFX) industry generates more than one billion pounds of added value for the UK economy. This shows VFX to be a vital component of the UK’s successful film, TV and advertising industries.
New BFI Screen Business Report shows UK Tax reliefs help fuel boom in UK Screen Industries
An independent new report published today demonstrates the huge value of the government tax reliefs across the UK’s screen industries, seeding unprecedented levels of production, creating thousands of jobs, growing businesses and infrastructure, generating record levels of inward investment, boosting exports of UK productions and services internationally and creating spillover benefits for other industries.
7 October 2018
Cinesite has named Caroline Garrett head of its London VFX studio
The accomplished production executive will handle day-to-day operations for the London VFX studio after nearly a decade with the company.
MPC Film’s Character Lab Team Creates Wolves and Ice Age Animals for Studio 8’s Alpha
Working closely with Production VFX Supervisor Jeffrey A. Okun, MPC Film’s visual effects team were given the challenge of creating 16 photoreal characters and five environments for the Ice Age world of Studio 8’s Alpha.
Framestore Conquers El Capitan in 360° for National Geographic Documentary Films’ ‘Free Solo’
Framestore and National Geographic Documentary Films are excited to announce the premiere of Free Solo 360° which debuted September 21 at the 2018 Los Angeles Film Festival.
1 October 2018
Gorilla does Online and Finishing for the New Season of Doctor Who
This autumn sees an exciting collaboration between BBC Studios and the Cardiff based post-production company for long running sci-fi drama.
Production Innovation for Immersive Content Competition
Andrew Chitty, Challenge Director for Audience of the Future, and Creative Economy Champion at AHRC, spoke to UK Screen Alliance on the potential of immersive media.
26 September 2018
Test driving the future: Framestore and Noitom achieve Hyper Reality for Volkswagen Group China Import
Framestore proudly presents the VW Touareg Hyper Reality Test Drive, unveiled September 26th in Zhuhai, China.
25 September 2018
Anthony Gibbs promoted to Creative Director at Framestore
Framestore is pleased to announce the promotion of Anthony Gibbs to Creative Director, from his previous position of Design Director.
24 September 2018
MPC Film Upgrade the VFX in The Predator
MPC Film’s team were led by VFX Supervisors Richard Little and Arundi Asregadoo, creating 500 shots for the latest Predator movie. The majority of the work required hero animation for the Upgraded Predator and additional work included the Predator Dogs, FX effects and a CG swamp environment.
17 September 2018
Spotlight on…Warner Bros. De Lane Lea: Facility Expansion Plans and the Future
The award-winning audio post production house Warner Bros. De Lane Lea has flourished for over 70 years in the post-production business. Their highly skilled technical team, operations, and support staff work closely with their creative talent to deliver specialised and collaborative creative expertise, dedicated to the craft of post-production for motion pictures, television, gaming and commercials.
UK Screen Alliance opposes MAC proposal to extend Immigration Skills Charge to EEA skilled workers
The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has today (18th Sept 2018) published its final report into EEA Migration in the UK and has made recommendations to government about the shape of the UK’s immigration policy following Brexit.
Freefolk VFX create and direct new trailer for 11th Doctor Who series
Freefolk created and directed CG for the trailer for the 11th series of Doctor Who. The new, and first female doctor, is revealed under a shattering glass ceiling, directed in-house by Freefolk’s Jason Watts for BBC Creative.
16 September 2018
NextGen Skills Academy: Inspiring the Next Generation of Creatives
NextGen Skills Academy (or NextGen for short) was set up by Government and the Games, Animation and VFX industries in 2014 in response to the NextGen Report, which highlighted skills shortages in the creative industries.
10 September 2018
Welsh Post-Production Team Gorilla expands to new central Cardiff Facility
Gorilla opens a second facility near its former base on Cathedral Road which includes 10 permanent edit suites, with reception and technical assistance to compliment their HQ in Cardiff Bay.
9 September 2018
Clear Cut Pictures strengthens their Audio team with new appointment
Clear Cut Pictures is delighted to announce that highly experienced Dubbing Mixer Nick Ashe is joining their award winning audio team.
Freefolk win Emmy for work on The Alienist
Freefolk, the Soho based VFX studio is thrilled to announce that they won a Creative Arts Emmy on Saturday night.
6 September 2018
Major Investment into Welsh Creative Industries Announced
Cardiff is one of nine creative clusters in the UK awarded research funding, as screen industries based in and around the Welsh capital are set to benefit from new research and development opportunities.
5 September 2018
Creative Skillset has announced new funding for UK film skills training
Creative Skillset will be investing £600,000 in training to tackle identified skills shortages in the industry. Training providers have been asked to deliver programmes in four key areas, from new entrants and early careers, to management and executives.
4 September 2018
Ross Urien of The Mill London promoted to Creative Director
The Mill London is excited to announce the promotion of Ross Urien to the role of Creative Director.
22 August 2018
NextGen Skills Academy Opportunities available
NextGen Skills Academy (or NextGen for short) is an organisation which brings industry and educators together, to develop the next generation of digital talent in the Games, Animation and VFX industries
The status of EU VFX workers in a No Deal Brexit
UK Screen Alliance has confirmed in an extensive new survey of the VFX workforce, that one in three people working in VFX comes from Europe.
Freefolk’s new Campaign with Confused.com
Freefolk’s slick VFX for a world of confusion in the new campaign for Confused.com by Karmarama and Somesuch director Aoife McArdle.
Colourist Sam Chynoweth Joins Technicolor London Team
Technicolor London has announced that Colourist Sam Chynoweth has joined their features team.
14 August 2018
WBDLL welcomes Asa Shoul to the team
Warner Bros. De Lane Lea (WBDLL) announced today that industry leading Colourist Asa Shoul is joining the company as key creative talent for the new picture Services department launching this September.
Creative Skillset preps for rebrand
Creative Skillset set for October re-naming and merging with Indie Training Fund
12 August 2018
Blackmagic Design Announces DaVinci Resolve 15 is Now Shipping
New upgrade fully integrates visual effects and motion graphics, adds even more audio tools plus hundreds of new features and improvements that editors and colorists have asked for.
8 August 2018
Trixter, Germany’s Leading VFX and Animation studio partners with Cinesite
The deal strengthens Cinesite’s leading position in visual effects and feature animation for the independent privately-owned studio.
5 August 2018
Maurizio Giglioli joins Outpost VFX as head of CG
Giglioli will lead the CG teams at the Bournemouth-based visual effects house.
Pinewood takes leading role on sustainability
The studios famous as the home of James Bond, Star Wars and the Marvel Universe takes green issues seriously and has set a target of cutting its carbon footprint by half by 2050.
31 July 2018
Union bolsters management team with Lucy Cooper as managing director and Simon Hughes creative director
Union is pleased to announce the appointment of Lucy Cooper as Managing Director, and Simon Hughes as Creative Director reporting directly to Founders Tim Caplan and Adam Gascoyne.
17 July 2018
Timeline bolsters Soho editing facilities in refurb
A new look for Timeline’s central London post-production house.
Freefolk strengthen longform offering with key hire and Emmy nomination
Freefolk, Soho based VFX studio are excited to announce that they are the recipients of a Special Visual Effects Emmy nomination for their work on The Alienist for Paramount TV.
11 July 2018
How ILM Blended Practical and Digital Effects for ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’
Industrial Light & Magic animation supervisor Jance Rubinchik describes the joys of playing with dinosaurs for ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.’
Cautious welcome for Brexit mobility framework
UK Screen CEO Neil Hatton, comments on the Brexit White Paper released today
10 July 2018
Fifty Fifty has new Commercial Director; employs producer pair
JP Dash, former MD of TC Soho, has joined post house Fifty Fifty as Commercial Director. The Soho post house also bolsters its production team.
18 June 2018
Vine FX helps to create the world of Patrick Melrose from their new home in Cambridge
Bafta-nominated visual effects company Vine FX has more reason than most to celebrate Patrick Melrose, the Sky Atlantic mini-series.
12 June 2018
Cinesite listed in The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200
Cinesite, the independent visual effects and feature animation studio, has been named among the UK’s leading growth companies as part of The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table for 2018.
10 June 2018
Oscar winning VFX studio MILK expands as it celebrates 5th birthday!
Milk completes production on new feature film Adrift and Kat Mann joins as Head of Production.
5 June 2018
Framestore announces partnership with technology pioneers Magic Leap
Framestore, the award-winning creative studio known for its pioneering techniques in visual effects spanning film and advertising, today announced a strategic partnership with Magic Leap – who are building the next spatial computing platform, powering mixed reality experiences that seamlessly blend the digital and physical world.
3 June 2018
UK Screen makes the case for access to global talent after Brexit
Last Thursday the BBC News Channel featured a day of stories about the Creative Industries and Brexit.
1 May 2018
3 Mills travel to the Isle of Dogs
3 Mills Studios excited to announce that Wes Anderson’s newest stop-motion animation Isle of Dogs was made at 3 Mills Studios!
26 April 2018
William Bartlett wins BAFTA Television Craft Award
Framestore is proudly celebrating the success of Executive Creative Director William Bartlett, for his BAFTA-winning titles for BBC One/Sid Gentle Films drama SS-GB.
23 April 2018
UK Screen Alliance & Animation UK elect new council representatives
The members of the UK Screen Alliance in partnership with Animation UK have elected new representative councils.
19 April 2018
Freefolk deliver exquisite VFX on new Netflix release, The Alienist
Freefolk, Soho based VFX studio delivered a substantial amount of work on The Alienist for Paramount TV / TNT.
17 April 2018
Award-Winning Visual Effects Studios Milk VFX and Electric Theatre Collective Join Sohonet’s Virtual Workstation Panel at FMX Conference 2018
The panel is being held on 25 April from 16:00–17:00 CEST.
Spotlight on…Clear Cut: a clear case of post excellence
Clear Cut Pictures is an award winning London post production facility, founded in 1993. Clear cut are one of the most popular post production facilities in the UK and here Managing Director, Rowan Bray, tells us more about the company:
12 April 2018
Framestore partners with Waymo and Google Creative Lab on the Waymo 360° Experience
Let’s go, Waymo. Framestore was proud to partner with Waymo (formerly the Google self-driving car project) and Google Creative Lab on the Waymo 360° Experience, a short film that picks up viewers for an interactive spin in Waymo’s highly anticipated self-driving vehicle.
8 April 2018
Creative England hosts film industry networking evening
Hertfordshire ProConnect Networking Evening: Navigating the Film Festival Circuit on 11th April
25 March 2018
Clear Cut Launches Shepherd’s Bush Studio
For anyone who has been to Clear Cut's Shepherd's Bush facility you'll be aware they have a rather large warehouse space available - however you may have not recognised it last week!
UK Screen Alliance Councils: Elections update
The nominations have closed for both the Animation UK Council and the UK Screen Facilities Council elections.
DNEG TV receives 2 BAFTA nominations
Congratulations to the DNEG TV team who have been nominated in the ‘Best Special, Visual and Graphic Effects’ category for the British Academy Television Craft Awards 2018.
22 March 2018
UK Screen’s ‘Giving Career Advice for VFX’ shows educators the path into industry
Last Wednesday UK Screen held an event at The Mill to further the Access:VFX remit of encouraging young people into the creative workplace, particularly in visual effects!
21 March 2018
Decoding the gender pay gap in VFX
The subject of women in the workplace has been very prominent in the news agenda in the last 12 months.
20 March 2018
Clear Cut Pictures strengthens their Business Development team
Today London-based Clear Cut Pictures welcome Lucy Allen to the team as their new Business Development Manager.
16 March 2018
Union Add Drama to Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Written and directed by playwright and filmmaker Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards out-side Ebbing, Missouri is a darkly comic drama about a grieving mother’s attack on the complacency of the local police force who have failed to find her daughter’s killer.
14 March 2018
Elstree Studios launches Elstree Film Festival for young people
Elstree Film Studios and Elstree UTC to support young people with resources and expertise
12 March 2018
Freefolk Launch ‘Futurefolk’
Freefolk, Soho based VFX studio is excited to announce the launch of Futurefolk, their new scheme to nurture and inspire the next generation of VFX talent.
9 March 2018
Spotlight on…West Digital: Expanding on the Western Frontier
West Digital is an independent post house based in West London which provides creative & innovative video & audio post production to broadcast, theatrical and corporate clients. Fifteen years ago, West Digital opened its doors at 65 Goldhawk Road W12. Fifteen years later, they now occupy three buildings and have worked on thousands of hours of content and programming.
7 March 2018
UK Screen Alliance Council Elections 2018
It's time to turn your attention to the most important vote you'll take part in this year...probably. That's right, it's time for the UK Screen & Animation UK elections!
6 March 2018
Freefolk Launch TV VFX Department with Substantial Award of Work on The Alienist for Paramount TV
Freefolk, London and New York based VFX studio, are delighted to announce the launch of their dedicated TV VFX department, following their work on the much anticipated TV series The Alienist (pictured below) for Paramount - to be released on TNT (US) and Netflix (UK).
5 March 2018
Framestore: Hollywood’s go-to visual effects company
The opening 17 minutes of the 2013 science fiction thriller film Gravity amazed cinemagoers.
1 March 2018
Ealing Studios Announces Expansion Plans
Ealing Studios has always maintained a tradition for innovation and they're adding to this by expanding their site.
27 February 2018
APPRENTICESHIP STANDARD – POST PRODUCTION TECHNICAL OPERATOR
The draft proposal for an apprenticeship standard covering the role 'Post Production Technical Operator' Our trailblazer group has now been green-lit to develop this standard as an official approved apprenticeship. Below is the current draft working document which is subject to change. If you would like to contribute ideas to the development of the standard please get in touch.
23 February 2018
UK Screen Alliance Board appoints two new Directors
Fiona Walkinshaw, Global Joint Managing Director of Film at Framestore, and Sean Costelloe, Managing Director at The Mill have joined the UK Screen Alliance board.
Clear Cut Pictures Partners with One World Media on Production Fund
Clear Cut Pictures are delighted to announce they are partnering with One World Media on their Production Fund.
21 February 2018
Creative Skillset announces Gareth Ellis-Unwin as new Head of Film
Gareth Ellis-Unwin is to become Creative Skillset's new Head of Film, as Louise Jury also joins the screen skills body as Director of Marketing and Communications.
14 February 2018
Screen Industries Unite Around New BFI Anti-Bullying and Harassment Principles
New Set of Principles and zero-tolerance Guidance developed with organisations across the film, television and games industries including BFI, BAFTA, BECTU, Directors UK, Equity, Pact, The Production Guild, Women in Film & TV, Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, UK Screen Alliance, UK Interactive Entertainment
BFI London Film Festival Announces 2018 Dates
The BFI London Film Festival in Partnership with American Express® today confirmed the dates for the Festival’s 62nd edition which will take place at venues across the UK capital from 10 – 21 October 2018.
12 February 2018
Framestore are moving!
Framestore is spreading its wings. As of February 2018, their London offices will unite under one new roof.
8 February 2018
Royal Television Society Launches Annual Undergraduate Bursary Programme for 2018
The Royal Television Society (RTS) - Britain’s leading forum for television and related media, and an educational charity whose purpose is to promote the art and science of television – has launched its Undergraduate Bursary schemes for 2018, once again investing over £75,000 to support UK students from lower income backgrounds.
7 February 2018
Industry Networking Evening: featuring a Practical Guide on Funding, Finance & Tax for Productions
Creative England are playing host to their next ever popular Hertfordshire ProConnect crew networking evening at Elstree Studios on Thursday, 22nd February from 06:30pm.
1 February 2018
RTS Futures’ TV Careers Fair Returns Bigger and Better Than Ever
The Royal Television Society’s hugely popular event, the RTS Futures TV Careers Fair, will return in 2018 and will this year be in partnership with Edinburgh International Television Festival Talent Schemes, National Film And Television School, and Sky One.
BFI Future Film Festival announces 2018 programme and new Headline partner LaCie
The UK’s most important film festival for young, emerging filmmakers is back with another jam-packed line up of events that span the breadth and depth of the film industry.
31 January 2018
Record-Breaking Year for International Film and TV Production in the UK
• £1.69 billion UK spend from inward investment feature films, including Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom, Aladdin and Outlaw King • £684 million inward investment spend from high-end TV, including Game Of Thrones, Outlander and The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
30 January 2018
Oscar and Bafta Nominations for Baby Driver
Molinare Sound Designer Jeremy Price’s work on the feature film Baby Driver has been nominated for an Academy Award. Jeremy served as Sound Effects Editor on the film which is up for three Oscars including Best Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing.
Cinesite Studios secure $70 million finance
Cinesite Studios have announced it has completed a long-term financial plan with Pemberton, which has agreed an initial funding of $40m to cover the group’s capital requirements including some acquisition finance.
26 January 2018
Framestore picks up double nomination in Visual Effects at the 90th Academy Awards
Creative studio contends Oscar with Blade Runner 2049 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Freefolk set to complete first TV VFX project in work on The Alienist
Visual effects specialist takes leap into VFX for TV.
24 January 2018
Clear Cut Pictures bolsters Post Producing team
Clear Cut Pictures is delighted to announce not one, but two, new additions to their Post Producing team, bringing on board Megan Rutty as a Post Production Producer and Laura Dodd Wild as a Junior Post Producer.
23 January 2018
VFX Supervisor Stephane Paris oversees a full CG train crash, extensive environments and digital doubles for The Commuter
Cinesite has completed more than 800 shots for StudioCanal and Lionsgate’s The Commuter, which is in theatres now.
22 January 2018
Spotlight on…Elstree Studios: Heritage with its eye on the future
In its 90 year history, Elstree has been the studio of choice for many legendary producers and directors from Alfred Hitchcock, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick to Danny Boyle, Tom Hooper, Guy Ritchie and Matthew Vaughn.
17 January 2018
Recreating history for Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour
Darkest Hour, directed by Joe Wright (Atonement, Pan), is set during the crucial early days of Winston Churchill’s first term as Prime Minister. The film depicts the simultaneous action in the halls of power on both sides of the Channel, as Britain’s armed forces looked destined for defeat in May 1940.
10 January 2018
Gorilla invests £1m in Cardiff Bay expansion
Welsh post house consolidates its facilities into a single building in £1m expansion.
4 January 2018
Tom Avison and Harriet Colson Join Molinare’s Sales Team
Molinare has expanded its sales team by hiring two new members.
14 June 2017
Why VFX shouldn’t be taxed for employing global talent
The proposal in the Conservative manifesto to double the Immigration Skills Charge to £2000 per year for non-EU workers raised deep concerns amongst the VFX community which employs a significant proportion of overseas talent.
31 March 2016
Will the Apprenticeship Levy work for the Film & TV Services Sector?
UK Screen's CEO, Neil Hatton looks at the opportunities and problems posed for our sector by the government's proposed Apprenticeship Levy.
22 April 2014
A Studio for Scotland – It’s got to be Gartcosh by Mike Kelt
As the EKOS report on the proposed new film and drama space reports ‘a clear and present opportunity’ Mike Kelt, CEO of Artem and UK Screen Director, sums up progress to date and asks if politics and commercial wrangling over location will further delay this essential development.