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Union Creates VFX for BBC's 'Dancing'

Union VFX supplies the visual effects for the new BBC miniseries “Dancing on the Edge.”

London, UK -- Union Visual Effects supplied over 200 shots as the sole visual effects vendor for the new five-part BBC drama series, produced by Ruby Film & Television and written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff. Dancing on the Edge will be broadcast for the first time on BBC Two at 9pm on February 4.

Tim Caplan, Visual Effects Executive Producer said: “Visual effects play an important role in high-end TV productions such as these, where it is essential that all the period details are top-notch. For Dancing on the Edge, Union was brought on board to take advantage of the company’s feature film pipeline.”

“The substantial shot count for the series was handled within a tight schedule, alongside our ongoing feature film projects,” added Union’s Visual Effects Producer, Noga Alon Stein. “This was thanks to the scalable resources and efficient workflow practices in place at Union.”

Union had previously worked with Poliakoff on his 2009 feature film, Glorious 39. Union’s Visual Effects Supervisor Adam Gascoyne (127 Hours, Isles of Wonder: London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, Hyde Park on Hudson) supervised for the production.

The visual effects work comprised of compositing and FX. “All of the shots were either about removing modern features or adding period features like smoke and steam,” said Gascoyne. “Every detail had to be seamlessly integrated to enhance the 1930’s feel. The crew at Union has worked on numerous period feature films, and brought that experience to their work on Dancing on the Edge.”

Dancing on the Edge is an explosive new drama series for BBC Two set in the early 1930’s following a black jazz band in London during times of extraordinary change. Written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Stephen Poliakoff (The Lost Prince, Shooting The Past), the five-part series follows the Louis Lester Band as they find fame amongst the parties and performances of upper class society in the capital.

Source: Union VFX