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.
5 July 2019
PINEWOOD LIGHTS UP WITH PRIDE
Pinewood Studios lights up to celebrate Pride London, and the launch of the Studios' new diversity, equality, and inclusion strategy.
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.
UK PRODUCTION HUB FOR NETFLIX MADE AT SHEPPERTON STUDIOS
Streaming service Netflix has announced it is creating a dedicated production hub featuring 14 sound stages, workshops and office space at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, United Kingdom.
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.
Cinelab London provides on point support for Ralph Fiennes’ The White Crow
Fiennes’ latest feature film on 16mm tells the incredible story of Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev.
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
Sohonet Joins Media Innovation Cloud Alliance
New Alliance Presents Multi-Vendor Cloud Solution to M&E industry .
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.
Pinewood’s Shepperton Studios Planning Permission Approved by Spelthorne Borough Council
Spelthorne Borough Council's Planning Committee has resolved to grant outline planning permission for the improvement and expansion of the world-renowned Shepperton Studios site in Surrey, England.
11 February 2019
Pinewood Studios, Lord Puttnam and Bath Spa University Partner to Support and Inspire Young Filmmakers
Bath Spa University and Lord Puttnam’s company, Atticus Education, are set to host an innovative series of seminars, with the support of Pinewood Studios.
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
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
Multimillion 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 longlist
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.
Post Production in the Cloud: Sohonet’s CEO Chuck Parker talks to Post Perspective
Sohonet's CEO, Chuck Parker features in Post Perspective’s latest article discussing Post Production in the Cloud
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
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 is proud to present 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 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 is proud to present 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.
20 September 2018
Sargent-Disc Founders, John and Marija Sargent, Honoured at Production Guild of Great Britain Awards
John and Marija Sargent, the founders of Sargent-Disc, are being honoured at the 2018 Production Guild Awards, with the Contribution to the Industry Award, presented by Paul Steinke, Senior Vice President, Physical Production, Disney Studios.
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.
12 September 2018
Sohonet Introduces ClearView Flex Go
Sohonet, one of the media and entertainment industry’s leading providers of networking and connected cloud services, announced the latest release of the company’s real-time remote collaboration tool ClearView Flex Go will launch in October 2018.
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.
20 August 2018
Shepperton Studios submits plans for expansion
Shepperton Studios has submitted plans for the redevelopment and expansion of the world-renowned site in Surrey, England, which will deliver a world class studio with a certain future.
16 August 2018
Spotlight on…Cinelab London: The UK’s Newest Lab Leading the Field
Founded in 2013, Cinelab London is the UK’s newest lab and is proud to operate with an experienced and dedicated team of film specialists. They offer a comprehensive range of laboratory services from front-end neg processing to full film deliverables, digitisation and restoration services. Cinelab support film, commercial and television clients as well as content owners who wish to preserve and restore their film and media archives.
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. Shoul’s recent credits include: ‘Mission Impossible: Fallout’, ‘Baby Driver’, Amazon’s ‘Tin Star’ and recently received a Bafta craft award for his work on the multi award-winning Netflix series ‘The Crown’.
Creative Skillset preps for rebrand
Creative Skillset 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 Bounemouth-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 we welcome Lucy Allen to the Clear Cut team as our 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 com-placency 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
Louise Jury joins screen skills body as Director of Marketing and Communications.
16 February 2018
Sohonet Spotlight on Cinelab London’s John Mahtani
Cinelab London, aka Europe’s leading Film Lab, remains ‘the’ go to place for individuals in search of high-quality film and digital restoration services.
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.
Cinelab London installs DFT 4K HDR Scanity
Cinelab London has just completed the installation of a new DFT Scanity 4K HDR scanner, alongside a 300TB Pixit Media Pixstor SAN, which creates a high-tech, unmatched, capability in film scanning for new and archive film projects.
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.
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 Director Jaume Collet-Serra
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.
Deluxe Entertainment Strengthens Leadership Team with Strategic New Appointments
Ex-BBC Worldwide Industry heavyweight, Andrew Bell, appointed SVP, EMEA Operations and Technology; George Eyles promoted to SVP, Commercial and Business Development, Worldwide.
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.