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Milk to open new Cardiff vfx studio

Milk to open new Cardiff vfx studio
David Wood
26 March 2015

London vfx house Milk is opening a second studio in Cardiff and has appointed BBC Wales vfx supervisor Sue Land to run it.

Milk’s new office will be located at the GloWorks building in Cardiff Bay - the Welsh Government’s flagship centre for creative industries – and will take on a growing amount of TV and feature film work

Milk Cardiff will formally open at the end of April with 20 artist seats and will begin work immediately on projects including the forthcoming ninth series of the BBC’s Doctor Who and Hartswood/BBC’s Sherlock Christmas Special 2015 episode.

The new studio will share a pipeline and workflows with Milk’s London office via Sohonet.

Milk joins the emerging infrastructure for the creative industries in Cardiff supported by the Welsh Government.

Milk will begin production this month on ITV’s thirteen-part warrior drama Beowulf, Fox TV’s The Bastard Executioner and feature film Poltergeist (20th Century Fox, MGM).

The Milk team is currently working on ITV’s Thunderbirds are Go and feature film High-Rise (Recorded Picture Company) and has just completed work on forthcoming BBC drama Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell and feature film The Divergent Series: Insurgent (Summit Entertainment).

Land will report to Will Cohen, Milk’s ceo and executive producer.

Milk has already recruited a number of key crew locally and will work closely with the Welsh Government and Creative Skillset to maximise opportunities to hire and train local talent as the studio grows.

Milk has received the support of the Welsh government as part of its programme to foster the creative industries in Wales.

Milk ceo Will Cohen said: “A Cardiff hub for Milk is perfect to support our growing roster of work, build on our long-term relationship with BBC Wales and allow new clients to collaborate with Milk.

“The timing is right with connectivity now provided by Sohonet, the opening of Pinewood Wales and the new opportunities presented by the Welsh Government.”

Welsh Economy minister, Edwina Hart said: “I am delighted to welcome Milk VFX to GloWorks. Their arrival now means the building is fully let and their decision to open their second studio in Cardiff is testimony to Wales’ growing reputation as a great location for the film and television industry.”

“GloWorks is designed to support the sustainable growth of the Creative Industries sector by providing a collaborative environment for a thriving cluster of creative companies. It is therefore very pleasing to see the building full to capacity with firms that are employing local people and making an important contribution to the sector and the wider Welsh economy.”

Cardiff-based post house Gorilla Group has expanding at the GloWorks with the addition of a new facility with around 40 suites.

Gorilla motion graphics and vfx arm Bait Studio and animation division Cloth Cat have taken over 3,500 square foot of space at GloWorks.

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