Wednesday, May 30, 2012
We have new talent joining us at The Mill London and he has
short legs, a tendency to bark and royal relatives. Introducing
Bill… the interactive corgi who has moved into our window to
celebrate the Queen's Jubilee!
You can follow Bill at twitter.com/themillcorgi. See what happens if
you ask him to #feed #party #play or #chill ? Plus you can feel
warm and fuzzy in the knowledge that a right royal 50p is donated
Dogs & Cats Home for every tweet-treat.
Come down and visit the Bill (40-41 Great Marlborough Street) and
watch him respond live as you tweet your command. Tweet, retweet
and put our 4-legged friend to work.
One is amused!
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Nike with W+K London has launched "My Time Is Now", its new
campaign for the 2012 European championship that aims to promote a
new generation of football players.
The three-minute film opens on a football match between France
and Holland, when the pitch is over run by hungry new and young
players from "The Chance," Nike's scouting mission to find 100
potential soccer champions from 50 countries.
With some really enjoyable cameo appearances by Neymar, Franck
Ribery, Wesley Sneijder, Mesut Ozil and Danny Welbeck, and even
LeBron James. The YouTube version of the film invites viewers to go
through hidden tunnels to get a deeper look at athletes and their
Stuart Harkness, Creative Director at W+K London, added: "Nike
has always stood for innovation. So it's a football spot about the
next wave of players trying to break through, but it also rewards
those hungry enough to find what it takes to make it, online, via
hidden content in the film itself."
Matt Williams The Mill's Producer explains "We got involved at
the very early stages with W+K London and Stink and this allowed us
to help plan the VFX side of the shoot and build the correct team
for the vast amount of post we had to complete over the 10 week
period. It was a fantastic project to work on and one we're all
incredibly proud of".
Tom Bussell Head of 3D at The Mill adds; "Nike produce some of
the best creative and commercial content out there and its always
exciting collaborating with them and W+K. All of us here thoroughly
enjoyed the challenges laid down by Adam Berg (W+K London) and the
opportunity to raise the bar yet again. We hope everyone enjoys the
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Hugo Guerra is our Head of Nuke, he also teaches
compositing at Escape Studios and most recently he went off to
Sweden where he regularly gives Nuke masterclasses. Have a read of
last week's trip below.
Last week I visited the Campus i12 VFX school (formally known as
IAA) in Sweden, I've been teaching compositing at the school since
2008, and I try to get over there once or twice a year.
For those of you not familiar with the school here's a small
introduction from Sofia Delis, Programming Director. "Campus
i12 belongs to the University of Jonkoping and the school is
located in Eksjo, an hour from Jonkoping in Sweden. We have 180
students studying in several areas; 3D, compositing, digital design
and visualization for architecture and design.
"The courses last two years, with 20 weeks of work experience
included. We believe that the courses should aim to be reflective
of actually working in the industry and this is why we have both
compositors and 3D artists working under the same roof. We
aim to find the very best people in post production come in and
teach our students and we were very proud to have The Mill and Hugo
Guerra supporting us. We hope to give the vfx industry some of the
best vfx artists in the world."
The objective of my three day masterclass was to teach the 1st
year students about the advanced 3D system of Nuke in the context
of matte painting, sky replacement, pan & tile and 3D tracking.
Then, at the end of the day the class's assignment was to make a
sequence using these techniques.
I also took the opportunity to show the VES keynote presentation
we did at The Mill about Audi's 'Hummingbird'. This presentation
was shown to the 2D and 3D students from the school. Take a look at
the making of Audi 'Hummingbird' here.
Overall I had a great time over there, and it was really good to
see all this wonderful talent growing in Sweden, I really hope I
can visit again and soon.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Last Saturday saw Broadcast's legendry Five-a-side 2012
Tournament and a Mill team go every year. This year we made
it through to the final 16 out of 52 teams. You can see our team in
action with some snaps from the day.
Ashley Ireland aka Ash - Team captain explains "We played four
games in our group, winning three and drawing one, scoring eight
goals altogether. We then won our next knock out game on
penalties before eventually losing in the last 16." Good game lads
and all for a very good cause!
All in aid of Vision Charity, http://www.visioncharity.co.uk/events_detail.php?id=31.
Bring on next year!
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The boys of summer are back! Mill NY hosted a Swings and Swigs
event to kick off the summer season. All four of the Field House
batting cages at Chelsea Piers were rented, one of which was even
set to "professional" to really test the mettle of the group.
Yankees gear, cold beers and good cheer abounded as Mill Producers,
2D, 3D and TK artists mingled with clients. Batter up!
This was the first time on the diamond for most including Sean
Costelloe, Head of Production, who threatened to break out his
cricket bat and really show how to swing!
Baseball isn't just for the boys. Girls just wanna have fun too,
even in heels.
But the real heavy hitters were Adam Isidore, EP of Brand, who
brought his own bats.....
And Jared Yeater, Deputy Head of Production and MVP, who knocked
it out of the park in the professional cage.
No matter the level of ability, a good time was had by all and a
new Mill tradition is born!
Friday, May 04, 2012
We are really looking forward to this year's FMX Stuttgart. It is
the 3rd year in a row for us now and the 2012 FMX conference on
Animation, Effects, Games and Transmedia is set to be a marvellous
week for looking at creativity in the digital industry.
If you are attending FMX this year why not drop in on us? We have
a stand in the recruitment area, Booth 4 and we'll be there all day
Wednesday 9th May. We are really keen to talk to any TDs or
Animators that are interested in an internship in our London, NY
and LA studios.
As well as looking forward to meeting and chatting to everyone,
we'd love you to come and listen to some of our Millers talk.
We have Claire Anderson our Talent Manager
and Alex Fitzgerald a VFX Producer talking
about all things recruitment on Wednesday 9th May at 10:00am.
Murray Barber, VFX Supervisor is primed and ready
to chat about film quality VFX on a TV budget on Wednesday 9th May
at 12:00pm. Jan Walter our principle R&D
engineer will be comparing global illumination (GI) renderers on
Thursday 10th May at 11:00am and finally, our commercial team's
Rob Holmes, Joint Deputy of 3D, will be dispelling
Fact vs. Fiction and the challenges our commercial artists face
every day on Friday 11th May at 4pm.
So, tickets done, bags packed, you know where to find us, please
do pop by and say hello, otherwise we will see you at the party on
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Around 18 months ago some of our artistic New Yorkers led by
Jeff Robins decided to start The Mill Photo Club - with all the
talent and creative eyes it seemed silly not to. And The Mill
Photo Club is now opened up to all the three of our offices.
It's a simple idea (as all the great ones are) every month a theme
is announced, any Mill person can upload one picture, any style,
any colour and images can be uploaded in any format right the way
through to iPhones.
As you can see from the images in the link below May's theme was
simply DOORS and there are some amazing personal visions and
photographic inspiration to feast your eyes upon.
This month's theme is FOUND OBJECTS, this can be anything you've
stumbled across or found, from a stray newspaper left on the train
you spot on your way in to the office, a lonely hat or glove poking
up from a railing as you walk by, or a lost toy or child's shoe
that's fallen out of a buggy.... whatever you like.
So getting snapping and every month we'll select some to highlight
on the blog.