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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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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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Gigabit Ethernet/Infiniband switch added

Gigabit Ethernet/Infiniband switch added

The Flying Colour Company has installed a 40/56 Gigabit Ethernet/Infiniband switch system from Mellanox, which it will use to network all of the workstations in its Carnaby Street facility.

Managing director Simon Wilkinson said: “It enables us to process and transfer the highest resolution data from the latest cameras, therefore ensuring the highest quality data is preserved for clients throughout post production.”

The SX1012 switch was provided and installed by XTFX.

This story first appeared in Broadcast magazine: http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/techfacils/flying-colour-company-installs-mellanox-system/5096439.article