The winners have been announced for this year’s British Academy Television Craft Awards, which this year for the first time were presented in an online-only live stream ceremony, hosted by Stephen Mangan and featuring guest presenters Romesh Ranganathan, Rachel Parris, Jessica Knappett and Richard Ayoade.
It was a night on which Chernobyl (HBO/Sky), the drama mini-series based on the nuclear disaster in 1986, was successful in seven categories; His Dark Materials (BBC/HBO), the drama based on the series of novels by Philip Pullman, won two awards (VFX and Titles); and Nicky Sargent and Vikki Dunn, co-founders of The Farm, were honored with the BAFTA Special Award.
“We knew going into His Dark Materials that we’d have to take the level of care, craft and creativity audiences expect from TV to the next level, Lyra Belacqua’s world feels utterly alive and utterly immersive — that’s what [production company] Bad Wolf wanted, that’s what fans of Philip Pullman’s books wanted and that’s exactly what Framestore’s talented VFX artists and animators delivered,” commented Fiona Wakinshaw, Global Managing Director – Film for Framestore.
The VFX studio has previously scored BAFTA wins for Walking with Dinosaurs (1999), The Golden Compass (2008), Gravity (2014), SSGB (2018) and Blade Runner 2049 (2018).
“We wanted to make sure the characters we created and the world we built around them did justice to Philip Pullman’s original work — every detail had to be perfect, and it’s beyond heartening for our artists to have their hard work and craftsmanship recognised by the industry like this,” added Russell Dodgson, series VFX supervisor. “We’re currently deep in post for the show’s second season, and this is a tremendous boost for every single one of us.”
The BAFTA TV Craft Awards will be followed by the 2020 Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards, airing on BBC One (U.K.) on July 31 at 7 p.m. BST.
Select category winners and nominees below. A complete list of winners is available online.
Special, Visual & Graphic Effects
WINNER Framestore, Painting Practice, Real SFX; Russell Dodgson | His Dark Materials
Ben Turner, Chris Reynolds, Asa Shoul | The Crown
Lindsay McFarlane, Claudius Christian Rauch, Jean-Clement Soret; DNEG | Chernobyl
Milk Visual Effects, Real SFX; Gareth Spensley | Good Omens
Titles & Graphic Identity
WINNER Elastic, Painting Practice | His Dark Materials
Alex MacLean | The Durrells
Elastic | Catherine the Great
Light Creative | Ghosts
Director: Fiction sponsored by 3 Mills Studios
WINNER Johan Renck | Chernobyl
Harry Bradbeer | Fleabag
Shane Meadows | The Virtues
Toby Haynes | Brexit: The Uncivil War
Production Design sponsored by Microsoft
WINNER Luke Hull, Claire Levinson-Gendler | Chernobyl
Laurence Dorman, Linda Wilson | Killing Eve
Martin Childs, Alison Harvey | The Crown
Samantha Harley, Miri Katz | Sex Education