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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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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

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TFCC featured in Broadcast Creative Review

TFCC featured in Broadcast Creative Review

The Flying Colour Company is featured in Broadcast again this week, this time as part of a Creative Review article covering the picture post, audio post and VFX work completed on Kudos’ Channel 4 drama Humans.

The story provides detail on what we were asked to do and how we achieved it.

Humans-creative-review

 

You can read the full piece here: http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/techfacils/humans/5089763.article

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Humans producer praises TFCC

Humans producer praises TFCC

Chris Fry, the series producer of C4/AMC’s Humans, has praised the work done by The Flying Colour Company (TFCC) on the 8×60-minute series.

Writing in Broadcast magazine, Fry described the thought processes that went into deciding how to treat the Synth eyes and then acknowledged TFCC, praising the company for helping him to achieve his vision for the show.

Fry wrote:

The next and equally important decision was the synth eyes. One of the synth rules is that a synth can never trick a human that they are human, so their eyes needed to be different from normality but still retain the realistic nature of the synth. Shimmering green denotes the synth is bonded to their primary user, but silver eyes mean the machine is un-bonded.

I looked into two options: contact lenses or doing it in VFX. My issue with contacts was that actors can only really wear them for eight hours at a time. We often had up to ten characters on set on any day, so there were clearly potential scheduling issues.

This led me to favor the VFX route. Doing it in post gave us much more freedom on the floor but also gave us creative control. It was important to retain the sense of realism: the eyes shouldn’t ever glow and the pupils had to contract and expand, the same as the actor’s human eyes. This would enable us to connect with the synth characters without having the barrier of a coloured contact lens.

The Flying Colour Company pitched to me and they were really in tune creatively with what we were trying to achieve. They gave us no restrictions; they simply said: “Shoot what you need to for the scene and the eyes are our problem”. This was exactly what we needed as I didn’t want another element to complicate the shooting days.

Dominic Thomson, creative director at TFCC, designed a specific kit for each of the synth eyes and tailored it to their look. An Autodesk Flame was used to create an image and texture-overlaying technique that would change eye colour while interacting with both the characters’ natural eye colour and the lighting of the scene.

Each character’s eyes would then be tracked throughout every scene and the overlay effect applied and refined in Flame. The team including Jaime Leonard completed up to 300 VFX shots per episode across all eight episodes.

To read the full article visit: http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/5089559.article?

Find out more about the work done by TFCC on Humans.

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TFCC moves to Carnaby Street

TFCC moves to Carnaby Street

The Flying Colour Company (TFCC) is to move from its base in Warner Bros De Lane Lea’s building to offices on Carnaby Street this week, reports Broadcast magazine.

The three-storey building will initially have four Autodesk Flame suites. This will grow to six by the end of the year.

To support the move, TFCC has purchased a SAN from XTFX, which is also installing the kit.

TFCC launched in October last year from space inside Warner Bros De Lane Lea on Dean Street. It is currently carrying out VFX work for Channel 4 drama Humans (pictured).