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TFCC projects recognised at RTS Craft Awards

TFCC projects recognised at RTS Craft Awards

Two TV dramas that The Flying Colour Company (TFCC) provided visual effects shots for were the recipients of RTS Craft and Design awards this week.

Mammoth Screen’s The City and The City for BBC2 (pictured) won two awards on the night with Marianne Agertoft victorious in the Costume Design – Drama category while Simon Rogers picked up the award for Best Production Design on a Drama.

At the same time, Stephen Frears was named as best drama director for A Very English Scandal, the Blueprint Television production for BBC and Amazon.

Composer Murray Gold was also rewarded for the same show, picking up the gong for best original score.

TFCC provided 120 VFX shots for The City and the City and 212 for A Very English Scandal.

The RTS (Royal Television Society) Craft & Design Awards recognise excellence in broadcast television in 29 categories from directing to make up design.

The prestigious awards were presented at a ceremony hosted by comedian and actor Tom Allen on 26 November at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

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TFCC welcomes first trainees for post grad apprenticeship scheme

TFCC welcomes first trainees for post grad apprenticeship scheme

The Flying Colour Company (TFCC) has welcomed the first members of staff to join the company as part of its postgraduate apprenticeship scheme.

Deanna Crisbacher and Leah Ayinde have been taken on as trainee VFX artists, roles they will perform while also benefitting from formal theory and practical in-house training.

The scheme will see the graduates work alongside TFCC VFX artists, learning from some of the finest practitioners in the business. Operations manager Jaime Leonard is leading the educational side of the scheme.

The candidates were chosen following an extensive interview process.

TFCC’s postgraduate apprenticeship scheme was launched in the summer of 2018.

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A Very English Scandal wins Rose d’Or Award

A Very English Scandal wins Rose d’Or Award

Blueprint Television’s A Very English Scandal, which The Flying Colour Company (TFCC) provided VFX shots for, has won this year’s Rose d’Or Award for Best Limited Series and TV Movie.

The BBC and Amazon three-part drama, based on real events and written by Russell T. Davies, tells the story of Jeremy Thorpe, a member of Parliament who, in 1979, was tried and later acquitted of conspiring to murder his ex-lover, Norman Scott.

TFCC completed all the VFX work for the series. This comprised a total of 212 shots across all the episodes. The shots included 2D composited badgers, scenery enhancement, the removal of modern elements and enhancement of scenery, beauty work, television inserts and environment and green-screen work.

Producer Dan Winch, in a celebratory email to the production team, described the award as “the first accolade in recognition of your brilliant and hard work” adding that it was “very much deserved.”

The 57th Rose d’Or Awards, organised by the European Broadcasting Union, took place in Berlin on 13 September 2018.

 

 

 

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The Flying Colour Company swoops for bigger home

The Flying Colour Company swoops for bigger home

The Flying Colour Company (TFCC) will move to a larger facility in 2018 after outgrowing its current Carnaby Street base.

The new HQ will be a stone’s throw away, on the corner of Ganton Street and Carnaby Street (pictured, above), and will cover more than 2,500 sq ft of space across three floors, more than doubling the firm’s footprint.

Due to open in January, it will include three Flame suites, an enlarged machine room, a high-speed fibre network and additional data storage. Further staff will also be added to the current headcount of 14 as the firm looks to tackle ongoing and additional projects.

TFCC managing director and co-founder Simon Wilkinson said: “In just over three years, we’ve quietly become a very busy little VFX house with a lot of upcoming work from a wide range of TV and feature film clients.”

“We will be sad to leave 26 Carnaby Street but we need more space to ensure we can continue to service productions properly, grow organically and attract more artists, producers and operational guys, as well as install more equipment.”

Wilkinson acknowledged that while Soho is still a costly location for a small business, he hasn’t considered moving anywhere else. “All our clients love working in Soho,” he said. “Yes, it is an expensive place to be, but we make it work by prioritising creative and operational space for our artists and clients.”

TFCC chief engineer Andy Howard will oversee the facility installation.

This article first appeared in Broadcast magazine.

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Boom! TFCC adds Flames

Boom! TFCC adds Flames

The Flying Colour Company (TFCC) has installed two new Autodesk Flame workstations to allow it to take on additional VFX work. The software is installed on HP z840 workstations and connected to a 50GigE network. TFCC recently completed VFX for Kudos’ GunPowder (pictured), a retelling of the gunpowder plot for BBC.

At the same time, the company has appointed former Framestore production co-ordinator Sophie Jackson to the role of VFX producer.

Jackson’s credits include Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Paddington 2. She also has a diploma from the National Film and Television School in script development.

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Former Munky duo join TFCC

Former Munky duo join TFCC

Senior flame artist Venancio David and VFX producer Gillian Mackie have joined The Flying Colour Company (TFCC).

Born in Portugal, and working under the professional moniker of Vinny, David’s credits include Marvellous, The Enfield Haunting, Stonemouth and The Royals. His most recent project is the Amazon Prime and Sky co-pro Britannia (pictured), a drama series set in Rome in AD43.

David spent four years at Munky as a flame artist. He moved to Technicolor in October 2016 when it acquired Munky. David has also worked at Escape Studios.

TFCC managing director Simon Wilkinson said: “Vinny prides himself on being a problem solver and being able to complete highly complex shots. He is always looking for the best solution that gets the shot that production requires, both practically and creatively.”

At the same time, another former Munky employee, Gillian Mackie, is joining TFCC as a VFX producer.

Currently freelance, Mackie is the VFX production manager on Britannia. Her other credits include Testament of Youth, Indian Summers, And Then There Were None and The Enfield Haunting.

This article originally appeared in Broadcast magazine: http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/techfacils/former-munky-duo-join-tfcc/5119434.article

 

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Humans campaign recognised with Broadcast award

Humans campaign recognised with Broadcast award

Channel 4’s Humans picked up the 2017 ‘Best Social Media Digital Marketing Campaign’ award at this week’s Broadcast Digital Awards.

Presented to 4Creative and OMD, the gong was given to the project that the awards judges deemed to have shown the best use of social media and wider digital marketing to promote a programme, strand, genre or channel.

One judge called it an “outstanding campaign with real innovation”, while another said it was “simply the most engaging, innovative use of new social and digital tools I’ve seen in years”.

For further information on the campaign visit http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/5119630.article

Other nominations in this category included #SherlockLive (Hartswood Films for BBC One) Hollyoaks #MyJadeIs (Lime Pictures for Channel 4).

The Flying Colour Company (TFCC) assisted with the entire Humans campaign providing visual effects and eye treatment throughout for the digital online, digital and analogue billboards, busses and TV commercials.

TFCC managing director Simon Wilkinson said, “Humans was a great project to work on. They had such innovative ideas. I am not at all surprised that they have been rewarded with a Broadcast Digital Award. I would like to congratulate everyone that worked on Humans. This recognition is very well deserved.”

The 2017 Broadcast Digital Awards took place at London’s The Brewery on Wednesday 5 July.

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Flame and The Missing: TFCC in Broadcast

Flame and The Missing: TFCC in Broadcast

The Flying Colour Company featured twice in this week’s Broadcast magazine (dated 14 October 2016), for both its new Flame suite and its work on The Missing 2 (pictured, above).

Both articles appeared in the Technology and Facilities section.


Visual effects firm The Flying Colour Company (TFCC) has installed an additional Autodesk Flame suite in its Carnaby Street facility.

Running on an HP Z840 workstation, the system was bought from XTFX and will be used initially by freelance artists. The company is currently recruiting for a permanent operator. TFCC has also installed a data storage server, purchased from ERA, that increases its in-house storage by 360 terabytes.

This story can be read in its entirety here:
http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/techfacils/flying-colour-company-adds-flame-suite/5110273.article


The Missing 2

Complete visual effects and post-production on the new series of the missing persons drama

VFX/post The Flying Colour Company/Halo

Client New Pictures

Brief Complete visual effects and post-production on a new 8×60-minute missing persons investigation drama.

How it was done The Flying Colour Company provided on-set supervision for key VFX shots and followed the work through in post-production.

The circa 300 shots comprised both invisible fixes – such as levelling out falling and fallen snow – and more complex VFX sequences including the creation of a gatehouse entrance to a military base and various stunt scenes.

This story can be read in its entirety here:
http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/techfacils/the-missing/5110268.article

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TFCC extends VFX capabilities

TFCC extends VFX capabilities

The Flying Colour Company has added another Autodesk Flame to its VFX arsenal and installed a 216TB Storage Area Network (SAN).

The compositing system is installed in a suite at the firm’s Carnaby Street facility, running on an HP Z840 workstation. The VFX firm has also leased dark fibre cables from BT so it can create its own private fibre network.

Managing director Simon Wilkinson said: “These investments are necessary in preparation for this year’s production workload.”

Upcoming jobs include Humans 2 for Kudos, Channel 4 and AMC .

This article first appeared in Broadcast magazine: http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/techfacils/flying-colour-company-extends-vfx-capabilities/5101697.article

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Maddison joins TFCC

Maddison joins TFCC

Former Technicolor flame artist Andy Maddison has joined The Flying Colour Company (TFCC).

Maddison’s CV includes the feature films Woman in Gold, Secrets In Their Eyes and 45 Years and various TV dramas including Veep, Vera, Black Mirror, The Eichmann Show (pictured), Strike Back, Lewis, Grantchester, Midsomer Murders and Poldark.

TFCC managing director Simon Wilkinson said: “We are confident Andy will be a great asset for our team.”