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.