Milk Brings Home Second Bafta Craft Award For Doctor Who


Last Updated: April 27, 2015 5:37 pm GMT
(London, UK--April 27, 2015) Independent VFX house Milk is delighted to announce that it has won a British Academy Television Craft Award foroutstandingvisual effects on the BBC’s Doctor Whoepisode“Deep Breath” in the Special, Visual & Graphic Effects category.

Milk won the award alongside BBC Wales VFX and special effects companies Millennium FX and Real SFX who created the practical effects for the episode.

Milk received the award at the 2015 British Academy Television Craft Awards ceremony held last night at The Brewery, East London; hosted by Stephen Mangan. Milk won the award last year for its VFX work on Doctor Who: 50thanniversary special episode: Day of the Doctor.

The focus of Milk’s work on “Deep Breath” was creating the sinister ‘Half-Face Man’ character. Milk replaced one entire side of actor Peter Ferdinando’s head in 87 of the 117 digital shots produced by Milk. Milk created a CG hollow cage-like structure for the missing half of character’s head, as well as the visible internal workings of his head which resemble the mechanics of a clock, with moving cogs, pistons and rotating mechanical parts.

Deep Breath”was Peter Capaldi’s debut episode as Doctor Who and was directed by Ben Wheatley (High Rise).The 80-minute episode was simulcast and screened in cinemas globally on 23rdAugust 2014.

Milk’s CEO Will Cohen said:“We are honoured to be recognised by the Academy for our work on Doctor Who for the second year in a row. For a company set to celebrate its second year in business at the beginning of June this is another fairytale ending to the year for Milk!

It is a privilege to work with Stephen Moffat and the BBC Wales team on Doctor Whoand provides us with an opportunity as VFX artists to help push the boundaries of what can be done visually on television.”

Milk opened for business almost two years ago and has already created visual effects for Doctor Who, Sherlock, Thunderbirds Are Go, 24: Live Another Day, David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3Don television; and feature films The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Ex-Machina, Brett Ratner’s Hercules, Dracula Untold, Les Miserables, Get Santa, Dredd 3Dand 47 Ronin.

Milk has just completed work on the forthcoming BBC One drama Jonathan Strange& Mr Norrell (7 x 60’); Director Ben Wheatley’sfeature filmHigh-Rise(Recorded Picture Company) and Poltergeist(20th Century Fox, MGM). The Milk team is currently workingonITV’sThunderbirds are Go,Hartswood/BBC’sSherlock, ITV’s thirteen-part warrior drama Beowulf,Fox TV’s The Bastard Executionerand BBC’s Doctor Whoseries nine.

Milk has just opened a second studio in Cardiff, Wales increasing its capacity to 120 artist seats.

The team at Milk (previously as The Mill’s TV department prior to Milk’s launch in June 2013) has been creating the visual effects for Doctor Who since its regeneration in 2005. During this time, Doctor Who has gone on to become one of television’s most popular series in the UK and beyond and the team have scooped a raft of awards including two BAFTA Awards, a VES (Visual Effects Society) Award and an RTS Award for their VFX work.

About Milk
Launched in June 2013, Milk is an independent, boutique visual effects company, focused on creating highly innovative and complex sequences for high end TV and feature films.

Milk has studios in London and Cardiff with the capacity for 120 artist seats.


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