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European Co-Production for Germany’s Penny Market

By | Animation, Behind The Scenes, Branding, Broadcast, CGI, co-production, Compositing, Computer Modelling, International, Minature sets, Motion Control, Photo real, Post-production | No Comments

In September and October this year, we were commissioned by VFX house Glassworks, Amsterdam to shoot miniature sets for the Christmas campaign for German store, Penny Market. The models were designed and built by Andy Farago of Clockwork Frog Films in Manchester involving multiple interior and exterior sets. The shoot was facilitated in our Birmingham studio and was turned around in record time within two weeks, filming with Second Home’s very own Manta Motion Control system. Multiple passes were shot on each set involving key lighting references for Glassworks’ animators to then insert the CG characters of Emil and his mother. The film, which is part of a wider campaign to help tackle poverty in Germany, will soon be available to view globally. In the meantime, here are some teaser stills of some of the key scenes.

The street featuring the house where Emil and his mother live.

Mum making Emil’s Halloween costume.

Halloween.

The frozen lake scene.

Watching the ice-skaters.

Christmas Eve.

Emil and the tree.

What’s in the shed?

Entering the Arctic…

The film was directed by Rudiger Kaltenhauser and Darren Macpherson of Glassworks, Amsterdam and the Director of Photography was Sam Morris.

 

Third RTS Win for Production Craft Skills

By | Animation, Awards, Broadcast, RTS, sony, Visual Effects | No Comments

This November we picked up the Royal Television Society Award for ‘Best Production Craft Skills’. The award was given for Animation and Visual Effects for a clutch of projects produced for Sony Pictures Television earlier in 2017. The body of work included seasonal idents for the Moviemix channel, and a 6-day time lapse using motion control. We’re proud to say that it’s the third time the studio has won this category. It was a pleasure to receive the award from The Gadget Show’s own John Bentley. Thanks RTS!