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‘His Dark Materials’ Wins VFX, Titles Awards at TV Craft BAFTAs

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‘His Dark Materials’ Wins VFX, Titles Awards at TV Craft BAFTAs

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.

Stephen Mangan

Stephen Mangan

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.”

Read more about the VFX work achieved by Dodgson and his team in Trevor Hogg’s story for Animation Magazine here and check out Framestore’s His Dark Material reel here. 

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

His Dark Materials

His Dark Materials

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




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