Friday, December 24, 2010
The blog will be taking a short break to eat too much turkey,
play Trivial Pursuit and of course, watch the Doctor Who Christmas
Special on Saturday night!
So from everyone here at The Mill, we would like to bid you
season's greetings, a very happy new year and we look forward to
many more great creative collaborations in 2011!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
At The Mill we have a longstanding Yule tide tradition at our
Christmas party. Each, well most departments create their very own
Christmas video, which we play at our Christmas party and vote for
This year saw a bumper crop with exceptional standards in film
making which you'd expect; but not surprisingly the winning video
was from our 2D team.The 2D Christmas video stars some familiar and
famous Mill faces, some more recognisable than others so have a
look and see who you can spot.
I classify this film as 15, not suitable for young children,
contains some strong language and adult themes!
So season's greetings and a very happy New Year from everyone at
Friday, December 10, 2010
The winner of CG Whiz 2010 was announced last night at a special
event at Escape Studios' HQ in London. Stu
Schwartz from the US was awarded top prize for his showreel, and
wins a 12-week visual effects (VFX) classroom course at Escape
Studios' brand new academy in Los Angeles, followed by a four-week
placement here at The Mill, and a one-year CG Society subscription.
Second place was awarded to Justyna Galka from Poland for her
innovative showreel and
third place was given to the UK's Natalie Rocks for her charming animated film. Both
win a selection of Escape Studios' mentored and online
Our very own Stephen Venning, 3D Executive Producer, who was one
of the panel of judges said, "We're delighted to have been involved
in CG Whiz for the second year running. It's a fantastic
opportunity for us to connect with some incredible CG talent. The
Mill is always looking to hire the very best people and CG Whiz
allows us the opportunity to find up-and-coming artists like Stu
and offer him the chance of joining our creative team."
Dominic Davenport, founder of Escape Studios added: "We were
hugely impressed with the standard of entries this year, and a lot
of people caught our eye. In the end, though, Stu's entry shone
through with its combination of raw talent and potential. We feel
that he's someone who'll benefit from working with us and at The
Mill, hopefully going on to build a career in the industry."
Sadly, Stu couldn't accept his prize in person, but sent a special
YouTube video. He said, "I'm so pleased to have won CG Whiz
2010 and I can't wait to start Escape Studios' classroom course and
learn from some of the best CG tutors in the industry. This is a
one of a kind competition, and I aim to make the most of the
chances I get with Escape and The Mill to help my career progress
in an industry renowned for being difficult to get into."
Huge congratulations to all of the winners and we look forward to
welcoming Stu to our LA studio soon!
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Hopefully by now you have all seen our animated film for MUBI? If not you should take a
look! Created by Director PK and our Design Studio folk (in fact
our entire After Effects department) the film is a two minute
animated journey explaining MUBI to the world, delivered in 7
We love MUBI and had an amazing time with all the people there,
simply the nicest bunch you could meet. There is something rather
nice about working on a project where everyone shares the same
understanding and vision for what needs to be done, and stranger
still, an alignment in deadlines... (sort of!)
Like all the best creative people, PK prefers the night-time,
but this is the time when people like me are asleep. So there
was a lot of working after dark when we would conduct our
brainstorming and presentations, suffice to say there was drinking
and lots of fun working on this project!
To top it all, there was the MUBI launch party organised by Sony
at Shoreditch House, where we realised the scale of what we
involved in as the MUBI founder and director Efe Cakarel stared in
awe at the large neon MUBI Sign above the bar. Followed by more
Visit www.mubi.com to get
Monday, December 06, 2010
'Dazed Digital' previewed artist/director Marco Brambilla's
latest crowd pleaser, Evolution. Like his
2008 installation at New York City's Standard Hotel,
Civilization, classic film clips are married in a
narrative of epic scope.
Says Brambilla to Dazed Digital, "I wanted to superimpose pop
culture onto a historic and deeply human theme. Evolution
deals with the history of mankind and the kind of purging and
re-purging of humanity throughout history. …"
Click here to check out the scene as
Basel's crowd gathered for the first-of-its-kind art installation's
premiere at The Standard in Miami.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
This year's British Arrows Craft Awards we saw Nike's - Write
the Future wipe the board, scooping six awards including the
Special Award for Best Crafted Commercial of 2010. We were also
delighted that out of these six, we were awarded 2 gold's for The
Foundry Award for Best VFX and Visual Composition.
The British Arrows Craft Awards (previously known as the British
Television Advertising Craft Awards) recognise those individuals
whose production crafts and skills make the UK a major centre of
Huge congratulations to all of our clients and everyone who won
We are pretty sure you've seen it but if you wanted to check it
out again just follow the link Nike - Write the Future.
Click here to see the full list of winners and finalists:
Also this year we worked with MPC to create a short film for the
BTAA's to mark the 2010 sponsors.
After brainstorming sessions across both studios, our Design
Director Carl Addy, came up the idea for Rat Race. Addy
created the concept based around the idea of a 'Rat Race'. Using
cleverly depicted images of 'rats' as yesteryear's Sporting Hero's,
following Addy's direction these were used to bring to life the
BTA's hall of fame.
Click here to see the full list of winners and finalists: http://www.btaa.co.uk/index.cfm/s/craft/fa/craft.intro
Friday, November 19, 2010
First up today we have a beautiful short film by our old pal Robin
Fenlon, ex PR boy wonder, photographer, film maker and currently
botherer of women tennis players for the WTA. Robin travelled 2
days by train and car to Yogjakarta in Indonesia to film the
eruption of the Merapi volcano. He'd planned a 4 day shoot but due
to the disruption of flights and airport closures, he was left with
one day to shoot from his hotel window. Shot on, as far as I'm
aware, his trusty Canon 5D II, lets hope he gets another chance to
record something equally awesome for longer next time.
Secondly and on a completely different plane of reality, heres
YouTube user Okreylos who has hacked the Microsoft Kinect already,
after it only being on the market for a matter of hours, to create
a "holographic" image by combining the color and depth from the
camera's sensors. Essentially he has managed to take what the
sensor records and put the image back together. Obviously, as he
says, the camera is only looking in one POV, so the shadowy dark
parts of the image are what the camera cannot pick up. This is just
the tip of the iceberg of something that is apparently just $56
dollars worth of parts & that is only a few geek steps away
from producing full holographic pictures and real Minority Report
moments. The opportunities are endless…
Could we being seeing a shift in the Canon dominated market of
tapeless filming, With the Arri Alexa doing the rounds with its HQ
Pro Res format (used recently for KFC at BBH) and a variety of
other systems coming on the market such as the Panasonic AG-AF100,
the worlds first micro 4/3's digital single lens camera. Next up is
the Sony NXCAM HD. This baby comes with a super 35mm equivalent
CMOS sensor behind an E-Mount interchangeable lens system.
Recording to AVCHD, in 1080p and all your favourite flavours of
frame rate including 23.98 and 59.94, all of which is progressive.
Planned to be released in mids 2011, but no price as been mentioned
Oh, and if you didn't already know, there's a new band available
on iTunes, called 'The Beatles' if anyones interested....
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Earlier this month, the winners of the London International Awards
were announced and The Mill's effects and animation work came out
on top. The Mill LA won a Gold in the Visual Effects category for
Old Spice 'The
Man Your Man Could Smell Like' out of Wieden + Kennedy,
directed by Tom Kuntz. The Mill NY took home two Silver
Awards for AT&T 'Birthday'
for Animation and Visual Effects. The spot was directed by
Peter Thwaites via BBDO.
Old Spice also won in the Cosmetics and Direction categories,
while AT&T hit big in the Music License category.
Congratulations to all the winners!
Click here to see a full list of
Friday, November 12, 2010
Ever dreamed of becoming a top CG Artist and seeing your work on
the big screen or during the ad break on X-Factor? If so, our very
own 3D Artist, Adam Droy, shares his top 5 tips for breaking into
the visual effects industry in this week's Guardian Careers
Click here to read the full
Friday, November 12, 2010
Some of the Digital industry's greatest minds came together at
LBi headquarters in London's Brick Lane yesterday, for Creative
Review's 6th annual CLICK London
The day was chaired by W+K's Andy Cameron, who did a fantastic job
refereeing the panellists as the ongoing debate about the role of
the traditional ad agency in the digital space continues. The
impressive line-up of speakers included inspiring presentations
from Brothers and Sisters, ustwo, Seeper, Happiness Brussels, Ogilvy Digital Labs and Dare, to name but a few.
From iPhone apps to projection mapping and holograms, to talking
trees, Twitter-driven inflatable space hoppers and a bespoke
car-created font, the day featured some of the most innovative and
exciting examples of digital thinking and interactive technology at
Even lunchtime brought a treat in the form of a Brick Lane
special - curry!
We also asked guests to participate in our very own data
visualisation project throughout the day. Their responses to
a series of statements about the future of digital in creativity
and innovation were data-visualised to form the basis of a design
for a scarf, which is being produced by our friends at Folk Clothing as we speak.
Well done to all those involved, and a special congratulations to
Creative Review on another fantastic event!
Come back here next week when we'll have an exclusive video
featuring highlights from the day. In the meantime, check out
the Twitter stream from the event to see what got everyone