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 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.
One of the newest TFCC recruits, Ellen took a fairly untraditional route into the TV and Film industry. After completing a degree in Mathematics at Durham University, she decided to deviate from a potential career in numbers and undertook various production internships, beginning as a runner for Revolution Films, before freelancing as a researcher alongside Polar Media’s TV and branded content development teams. Finally, Ellen landed at TFCC, filling the role of production assistant. When she isn’t making hot beverages, she’s brainstorming creative ideas for TFCC social media accounts as well as discussing all the most exciting upcoming movies and TV shows to add to her extensive IMDB watch-list. .
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 after completing her A-Levels at Rosebery School in Epsom, Surrey. She has also 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.
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 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.
Trainee VFX artist
Recently graduating from Middlesex University, where he completed a BA Hons. in Visual Effects, William joined TFCC as part of the second generation of our Post Graduate scheme. His previous experience included a stint as an intern at Weave VFX where he worked on documentaries for various networks. William has always had a passion for visual effects and has a wide variety of skills across various software packages including Autodesk Maya, Flame, Houdini, Nuke and many more. He is constantly gaining new knowledge as he progresses through his training schedule here at TFCC. William is also a dab hand at the Rubix cube and is at home on the international racecar circuit.
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.
Junior Conform and Data Operator
TFCC’s latest recruit, Rhiannon swapped her sleepy seaside hometown of St. Ives in Cornwall for the bustling city of London so that she could dive headfirst into a creative career within the film and television industry. Before this, she studied Fine Art for three years, obtaining First-class honours in Fashion Photography at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), where she also experimented in the art of fashion film. She is a keen visual artist, a perfectionist with a fine eye for detail and a wide skill set. Rhiannon couldn’t be more delighted to be taking over the role of TFCC’s data manager, gaining a greater insight into the method behind the magic. In her spare time, she enjoys immersing herself in many other forms of creativity, and can probably be found roller-skating around Hyde Park in the summer months.