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.
Senior VFX Artist and Supervisor
Fabio has worked in the industry since 2006, producing high-quality visual effects work for market leading production companies and agencies. With vast experience in every aspect of VFX, his work has been recognised internationally, winning an award for best VFX at the British Arrows Award as well as a Global Advertising Design Awards for Best Special Effects and a Silver for VFX at the 2015 Clio Awards. Fabio’s international experience includes completing projects in Shanghai, Amsterdam, Rome, Lisbon and London as well as flying to various worldwide locations to supervise shoots. Having worked at TFCC on-and-off for two years Fabio went full-time in 2019. The projects he has worked on include City and The City, Requiem, GunPowder and Tin Star.
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.
Olivia joined TFCC in September 2018 to pursue her career in Film and TV. Prior to this, she interned at Pinewood Studios and Hireworks, assisting with their respective production departments as well as exploring the world of Post-production through freelance running with Soho Runners. At TFCC, Olivia has been learning the ropes, progressing from Production Assistant to VFX Coordinator. Olivia continues to pursue her dream of working in film and TV by working her way up through the ranks of production.
Head of Production
After completing her Master’s Degree with Distinction in Producing and International Film Business at The London Film School, Leonie joined the world of independent film, working in various roles from pre-production through to post-production. While living in four different countries, she contributed to a variety of successful international projects alongside established directors, supervisors and producers. Being all about innovation, Leonie is constantly looking to improve workflows creatively when developing projects together with her teams. Before joining TFCC in August 2019, she worked with the post-production team at Framestore as a production coordinator/line producer, gaining credits on Paddington 2, Mowgli, Detective Pikachu and Spider-Man – Far From Home. Her film obsession doesn’t stop there, as she is a proud member of a monthly film club, dedicated to discussing all the latest releases as well as old favourites.
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.
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.
With a background in Literature, Culture and Psychology, Pearl has a love for film and TV and a passion for all things production. She has a keen interest in human behaviour and a creative eye. Before joining TFCC Pearl worked as a copywriter and freelance production runner on various music videos. As a production assistant at TFCC, Pearl makes a great cup of tea and is constantly creating fresh ideas for our social media output. Being from East London, you can often find Pearl at Columbia Road Flower Market on a Sunday or at the cinema catching the latest releases.
Junior 2D and 3D 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.
Junior 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.
Data and Editorial Operator
Before immigrating to England from South Africa, Niel completed a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television, which led to him working in a post house in Johannesburg as a junior compositor and editor. When he arrived in London, he worked towards finding a place in the post-production world where he knew he’d be able to explore his creativity in an industry he was passionate about. Having worked as an editor and compositor on various projects since moving over, Niel has been able to gain the experience he needed to choose the direction he wanted to move towards before joining TFCC. When he’s not playing around on new software, you can find Niel in the park playing with his pup.
Trainee VFX artist
Polly joined TFCC as part of the second generation of our Post Graduate Training Programme in October 2019 as a trainee VFX artist. A recent graduate from The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) with a First Class Honours degree in Computer Animation Arts, she has extensive training within Autodesk Maya, particularly maintaining skills within modelling and rigging. During her time at UCA, she was trained in all aspects of the creative pipeline using both Maya and a range of Adobe software to create her final film ‘’Arnold & Ella’’ which was selected for the New Designers Screening Prize 2019. Polly has always had a passion for digital art and film and is also now mastering Flame and continues to quickly progress through the training programme here at TFCC.