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Milk Brings Home Second BAFTA Craft Award For ‘Doctor Who’

Alongside BBC Wales VFX and special effects companies Millennium FX and Real SFX, Milk VFX wins the British Academy Television Craft Award for outstanding visual effects on the BBC’s ‘Doctor Who’ episode, “Deep Breath.”

London, UK -- Independent VFX house Milk announced that it has won a British Academy Television Craft Award for outstanding visual effects on the BBC’s Doctor Who episode “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: 50th anniversary 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 23rd August 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 Who and 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 3D on television; and feature films The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Ex-Machina, Brett Ratner’s Hercules, Dracula Untold, Les Miserables, Get Santa, Dredd 3D and 47 Ronin.

Milk has just completed work on the forthcoming BBC One drama Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (7 x 60’); Director Ben Wheatley’s feature film High-Rise (Recorded Picture Company) and Poltergeist (20th Century Fox, MGM). The Milk team is currently working on ITV’s Thunderbirds are Go, Hartswood/BBC’s Sherlock, ITV’s thirteen-part warrior drama Beowulf, Fox TV’s The Bastard Executioner and BBC’s Doctor Who series nine.

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

Source: Milk

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.