The Flying Colour Company is a niche high-end VFX and post production provider based in Soho, London. We specialise in providing high-quality VFX services to high-end broadcast drama productions and independently produced or tent-pole studio feature films.
Based in the heart of Soho, at 26 Carnaby Street, we are independently owned and highly flexible, with years of experience working at the top level. We pride ourselves on providing solutions and the highest quality service within an efficient and flexible model.
What We Are
We provide a very personal and highly skilled on-set and remote supervision service that lays the groundwork for the VFX magic that follows and also helps to manage costs and expectations throughout the post-production process.
We use industry leading Autodesk Smoke and Flame workstations that are insanely powerful and offer the very best platform for our highly skilled and creative artists to create and deliver their, and your, work on.
We also provide conform, online and data hosting. Our high-speed data network has been designed to store and manage your rushes from shoot through post. This enables us to do our own data pulls and conforms for our VFX which saves Production time and money.
Who We Are
Managing director & founder
With 26 years experience of the film and television industries, Simon Wilkinson has worked across creative online, operations, sales and management, specialising in VFX and all aspects of digital workflows: from front-end through post-production to delivery. He has been directly involved in setting up and also expanding several facilities in the film and drama markets and spent 11 years as MD at Technicolor, co-founding the digital operations before going on to establish their DI, DC and broadcast drama departments as well as directing their relocation to Soho. Simon has a hands-on and creative approach and has worked with many studios and independent filmmakers as well as broadcast drama production companies.
Creative director & founder
With a background in operations Dominic Thomson rose quickly through the creative ranks to become a highly successful Henry artist before moving on to Flame and Smoke and working at several of London’s largest commercial and VFX facilities. He joined Technicolor in 2005 where he was a senior creative as well as head of editing and soon became known as one of London’s top Flame artists for TV and film. Using his 20+ years of experience, Dominic is capable of leading teams, providing on-set VFX supervision and masterminding workflows in multiple formats through conform, online and VFX under incredibly tight deadlines. He also brings a wealth of creativity as well technical prowess to the projects he works on.
Starting out in commercials and promos, Andrew Maddison established himself within the VFX department at Prime Focus where he worked his way up from assistant to Nuke compositor. As a freelancer, he then worked with Nice Biscuits, AMV BBDO and Smoke and Mirrors before joining Technicolor. Working with a number of leading directors, including Charlie Brooker, Tim Burton and Armando Lanucci, Andrew excelled to become the lead DI VFX artist. With experience in many forms of compositing software including Nuke and Flame he has become an extremely dependable, creative and highly regarded VFX artist. Andrew’s CV includes the feature films Woman In Gold, Secrets In Their Eyes and 45 Years, as well as TV dramas including Veep, Vera, Black Mirror, The Eichmann Show, Lewis, Grantchester, Midsomer Murders and Poldark.
Junior conform and data operator
Sarah Buisson joined The Flying Colour Company as a production assistant in spring 2016, having graduated from university with a BA in digital filmmaking. After a sterling first year, she was promoted to junior conform and data operator. Her role is key to the whole TFCC operation as she helps to ensure a unique and efficient editorial workflow for our VFX and post-production pipelines. Sarah also supports the creative and technical teams with data management and conforms both individual VFX shots and entire film and drama projects. Liaising with cutting rooms for EDLs is another key part of her role as is managing in-house VFX pulls all the way through to delivery. An enthusiastic tea drinker, Sarah has a keen interest in script writing and producing.
With more than 12 years experience in the media industry, Jaime Leonard is a highly skilled visual effects artist who is capable of creating breath-taking work using Autodesk Flame and Smoke, DaVinci Resolve, Baselight or Adobe After Effects. Comfortable operating in both fast-paced environments and alongside clients, his CV contains various feature films and high-end broadcast dramas including Amy, Lucky Man, Humans, The Missing, Tutankhamen, Street Cat Named Bob and Churchill’s Secrets. He has also worked on Pan, Nocturnal Animals, The Monuments Men and The Book Thief. Before joining The Flying Colour Company Jaime worked at The Moving Picture Company, Technicolor and Films at 59 in Bristol.
Venancio 'Vinny' David
VFX supervisor & Flame artist
Vinny started his career at Nova Imagem, one of the biggest facilities in Portugal, where he learnt a broad range of skills in all areas of production and post-production. Always looking to evolve, he then mastered Flame. This enabled him to work alongside production, providing creative solutions within tight deadlines. Having spent five years at Bikini in Lisbon he moved to London where he has been ever since, working as a senior flame artist and VFX supervisor. Whether using Flame or Smoke, he is constantly trying new techniques to ensure that he provides the best possible shots for clients. Vinny’s list of credits includes the TV shows Grantchester, Marvellous, The Enfield Haunting, The Royals and Britannia as well as the features films King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and Baby Driver. Before joining TFCC Vinny worked at Munky and Technicolor.
After studying Film Studies and English Literature at the University of Sussex, Sophie Jackson joined the world of independent film, working in various roles from pre-production through to post-production. In a short space of time, she moved through the ranks from production runner and production assistant, via producer’s assistant, all the way up to production manager. Before joining TFCC in October 2017, Sophie worked with the post-production team at Framestore as a production coordinator, gaining credits on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Paddington 2. Sophie also has a diploma from the National Film and Television School in script development.
Starting his career in the TV & Film industry in 2005, Savneet has gained a wide range of visual effects experience across TV commercials, music promos, broadcast and film. Having worked at Framestore and freelanced at many of London’s top post-production houses, he has worked alongside many established directors and agencies, creating high-end visual effects using Autodesk Flame. In addition to his vfx shoot supervision experience, he has worked on a number of feature films including Harry Brown, Four Lions, Submarine and Casino Royal. He has also completed shots for Killing Eve, A Very English Gentleman, Humans and Cleaning Up.
With more than 32 years experience in the media industry, Andy Howard is a highly skilled electronic and systems engineer. Starting his career at Sony Broadcast, he moved on to become chief engineer at Soho 601 and later took on the same role for the entire Soho Group, overseeing Soho Images as well as 601 and 601FX. After 10 years, Andy left to become chief engineer at Framestore where he masterminded all engineering, systems and digital architecture for the Oscar-winning firm. In his 15 years at Framestore he oversaw workflows for films like Gravity and a number of Harry Potter Films. At The Flying Colour Company, Andy is largely responsible for our digital architecture, keeping the Flames, storage and digital security at the cutting edge. He is also project managing our relocation to 14a Ganton Street.
Sarah Bolton has 13 years of experience in financial services, specifically Capital Markets, working in both London and New York. Starting as an assistant management accountant within an interdealer broker, she then moved to New York to join Cantor Fitzgerald. After spending almost three years there in her role as VP Management Accounting she was promoted and returned to the UK. In London, she established the FPA function for Cantor Fitzgerald Europe which she headed up for four years. She excelled in this position, taking on responsibility for the budgeting and reporting functions for CF in EMEA. After starting a family and taking a career break, Sarah brought her skills to the media industry, initially freelancing in film production. Sarah Joined The Flying Colour Company In January 2017.
Trainee VFX artist
After growing up in the state of New Jersey, USA, Deanna moved to the UK to continue her education. Although her roots are within fine art, she has a passion for VFX and filmmaking so decided to pursue a BA (Hons) Computer Animation Degree at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA). During her time there she learned how to use a variety of different software applications including Autodesk Maya and various Adobe products. She views CGI as a highly effective fine art medium, which was the catalyst for her experimental films “When” and “Dysmorphia”, both of which have been internationally recognised by a number of film festivals. Known as Dee, she now works as a trainee VFX artist at TFCC where she also assists with the company’s on-going development and its kit of services.
Trainee VFX artist
Graduating with a BA in Film, Television and Radio, Leah has always had a passion for visual effects. With a goal of becoming a VFX artist, Leah pursued this interest by starting as a post-production runner before joining TFCC as a trainee Flame artist in July 2018. Leah’s role involves assisting senior artists in various projects and ensuring that work is completed to TFCC’s high standards. At the same time, she is learning many techniques in Flame and gaining further knowledge of workflows. In her spare time, Leah spends most of her life at the cinema.