6 July 2020
Cheat launch new Free ‘Look Creation’ Service
Independent colour + finishing studio, Cheat have announced their free service which offers creatives a chance to develop a look to use on set or during an offline.
2 July 2020
Gorilla Group Strengthen commitment to sustainability with BAFTA albert
Wales’ leading post-production company strengthens commitment to sustainability during the pandemic
Framestore creates unique sequences for Libresse & Bodyform ‘#WombStories’ campaign film
Framestore partnered with advertising agency AMV BBDO, a part of the female-led team behind providing animation and live action VFX for the latest boundary-smashing campaign for Libresse & Bodyform.
1 July 2020
BFI ANNOUNCE WINNERS OF SEE YOURSELF ON SCREEN CHALLENGE
Finalists received 1-to-1 virtual masterclasses from the likes of Konnie Huq, Reggie Yates, Jessica Hynes, Rob Delaney, BBC Children’s Cheryl Taylor, Harry Hill, Matthew Lewis, Amelia Dimoldenberg and Robert Popper.
26 June 2020
POST PRODUCTION INDUSTRY RESPONDS TO SOHO STREET RESTAURANTS PROPOSAL
UK Screen Alliance has issued a response to a plan for al-fresco dining in the streets of Soho, central London, which could result in disruption to the area’s prestigious VFX and post production facilities.
25 June 2020
Warner Bros. De Lane Lea Launches Alfred
Alfred is an innovative workflow platform giving clients complete control of their content anywhere, any time through a fully integrated, secure, cloud-based system.
24 June 2020
KELEBEK MEDIA ACQUIRES ALL RIGHTS TO ALEX T. SMITH’S HOW WINSTON DELIVERED CHRISTMAS
The independent production company has has optioned the rights to the much-loved book written and illustrated by award-winning Alex T. Smith, with Rob Minkoff attached as Director/Producer.
23 June 2020
AARDMAN REVEALS DETAILS ON CHICKEN RUN SEQUEL
Aardman reveal details on highly anticipated Chicken Run sequel – and This Time, They’re Breaking In!
ANIMATION UK AND BFI FLIES FLAG FOR UK ANIMATION INDUSTRY AT ANNECY
A delegation of over 30 studios, producers and distributors from Animation UK are attending the Annecy this year, with the UK presence supported by the BFI with National Lottery funding.
22 June 2020
Annecy Announces the 21 Official 2020 Award Winners
Among the winners were Turtle Journey by Aardman Animation (in collaboration with Greenpeace), and The Tiger Who Came to Tea produced by Lupus Films.
17 June 2020
Creative industries projected to be hit twice as hard as wider economy by drop in revenue due to pandemic
New research from Oxford Economics projects a combined revenue drop of £74 billion for the UK’s creative industries in 2020 (£1.4 billion a week), with a GVA drop of £29 billion, and 406,0001 (1 in 5) creative jobs expected to be lost.
16 June 2020
AARDMAN ANNOUNCES SENIOR APPOINTMENTS IN SALES TEAM
Aardman, the independent UK animation studio, has announced the promotions of Alison Taylor to Director of Distribution and Business Development and Rob Goodchild to Commercial Director.
11 June 2020
PROFESSOR LYNDSAY DUTHIE APPOINTED NEW CEO OF THE PRODUCTION GUILD
The Production Guild of Great Britain (PGGB) announce that Professor Lyndsay Duthie has been appointed as its new CEO.
5 June 2020
Award-winning Moonraker VFX welcomes new Art Director
Alex Dilworth is welcomed to the team as new Art Director.
SPOTLIGHT ON…Digital Orchard: Continuing to grow in community and capability
For this month’s Spotlight feature, Callum Just, Founder and Company Director of Digital Orchard, talks to UK Screen Alliance about how Digital Orchard began, their latest expansion, and what milestones they've had over the last nine years.
4 June 2020
Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards & British Academy Television Craft Awards nominations revealed
The nominations for the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards and the British Academy Television Craft Awards 2020 have been announced.
1 June 2020
Elstree Studios re-starts production recommending implementation of Industry guidelines
Elstree Studios is undertaking it's first production this week since the lock-down commenced almost three months ago, adhering to guidelines in place to protect the safety of staff and clients.
UK Screen Alliance launch Guidance for COVID-19 Safe Working in VFX and Post-Production
The guidance aims to provide a framework for companies as they transition back to on-premises working with client attendance, whilst ensuring the safety of their employees, contractors, and clients.
Government and Industry green-light the BFC Production Guidance for Film and High-End TV Drama
Guidance intended as advisory not mandatory, and scalable, with producers encouraged to apply the guidance according to each project’s specific needs, kick-starting UK screen sector’s recovery.
29 May 2020
BAFTA confirms new dates and hosts for Television Awards 2020
British Academy Television Craft Awards will be streamed online on Friday 17 July, hosted by Stephen Mangan, and the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards on Friday 31 July by Richard Ayoade.
27 May 2020
Jellyfish Pictures expands virtual studio to grow global talent pool
The move is the company’s next stage of development after opening a large virtual VFX and animation studio at the end of 2019.
22 May 2020
KELEBEK MEDIA DEVELOPS ISADORA MOON SERIES BASED ON GLOBAL HIT BOOKS
Option secured by the independent production house Kelebek Media to create a 2D animated series featuring Harriet Muncaster’s beloved characters.
18 May 2020
FILM AND TV CHARITY STEPS UP MENTAL HEALTH ACTION PLAN for the industry
The online community providing mental health support has been launched as the Film and TV Charity set about enhancing mental health plan for the industry amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Framestore is the VFX master builder for latest LEGO commercial
The LEGO Agency, director David Mellor and production company HighlyUnlikely partnered with Framestore to provide a host of full-throttle VFX for its latest commercial ‘Drive What You Love’.
15 May 2020
Clear Cut Group delivers remote voice over to picture solution
Clear Cut announce the delivery of Remote Voice Over to Picture services, offering clients the opportunity to record 'to picture' from the safety of their own home with an accredited microphone and creative oversight of the recording.
14 May 2020
Spotlight On…Locksmith Animation: 250 crew working from home to produce their first feature
This month our spotlight is on Locksmith Animation as we're talking to Sarah Smith, co-founder of the acclaimed Locksmith Animation studio, the UK’s premiere high-end CG feature animation studio who use their craft to tell unique, original stories, that delight and entertain.
Union Grow CG Cannabis for The Gentlemen
Union VFX provided invisible visual effects work in Guy Ritchie's action-filled crime comedy film, The Gentlemen starring Matthew McConaughey and Hugh Grant.
13 May 2020
Animation UK supports “See Yourself On Screen” campaign
BFI launches ‘See Yourself on Screen Challenge’, calling on 4-18 year olds to make their own mini-TV show whilst in lock-down.
Screen Industry begins work on recovery plan for Film and TV
Consultations on draft production and post-production protocols have commenced to ensure film and high-end TV production can restart as soon as it is safe to do so.
6 May 2020
Moonraker VFX x-rays the earth in 3D for new Nat Geo series
New seismic data used to create 3D imagery that ‘visualises the impossible’.
28 April 2020
Digital Orchard hire Charlie Noble in-house to lead post services
Digital Orchard bring experienced DIT and workflow supervisor Charlie Noble in-house to lead its post services
21 April 2020
Cinelab London Install Second DFT HDR Scanity
The new scanner answers growing demand from (major studio productions) and those requiring archive and restoration services.
20 April 2020
Elstree Studios used for Emergency Ward Installation Vehicles
The film studios is providing a secure holding area for emergency ward installation vehicles responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.
16 April 2020
Vine FX Sole VFX Vendor for War of the Worlds
The Cambridge based facility delivered 500 shots for the Fox episodic drama with their established pipeline of in-house and remote artists.
14 April 2020
Post-production apprenticeship launches despite Covid-19
Not even a global pandemic has stopped post-production employers from opening a much-needed apprenticeship scheme.
8 April 2020
Film and TV Charity Covid-19 fund applications open
The Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund, in partnership with BFI, is now live, providing one-off grants from £500 to £2,500 to people behind the scenes in UK film, TV and cinema who have been hardest hit by COVID-19.
7 April 2020
EDINBURGH TV FESTIVAL GOES DIGITAL FOR 2020
The Edinburgh TV Festival, set to be re-imagined online for 2020, announces a series of initiatives to support and connect the TV industry amidst the covid-19 pandemic.
3 April 2020
Freefolk’s Explosive VFX For ITV & Britain’s Got Talent
Freefolk, Soho based post production studio have brought razzle dazzle to ITV’s film to launch the return of their flagship show, Britain's Got Talent.
30 March 2020
Are Post-production, VFX and Animation Open for Business?
Neil Hatton, CEO of UK Screen Alliance, the trade body for post, VFX and animation, encourages producers and commissioners to keep the work flowing as companies innovate to be safely open for business during the Covid-19 outbreak.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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,
8 October 2018
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.