UNIT Studios has added Flame artist Ben McIlveen to its VFX team.

Previously from Technicolour, Prime Focus and McCann’s, he is UNIT’s latest artist hire alongside Adam Dewhirst previously at The Mill, MPC and DNEG who recently joined as Head of Creatures & Characters.

McIlveen originally trained as a colourist but moved from Baselight to doing DI’s on feature films, which lead him to become trained in Smoke and eventually Flame.

His VFX experience working with Technicolour and Prime Focus includes working on a number of feature films including: Man From Uncle, Jupiter Ascending, King Arthur Legend of the Sword, Heart of the Sea and independent films such as 45 years and Daphne.

He then moved across to commercials, working with McCann’s ad agency on brands including Vauxhall, Nestle, Adidas, Just Eat, Diet Coke and more.

Recent credits include Just Eat ‘Did Somebody Say Just Eat + Love Island Idents Summer 2019’. His notable car work includes such campaigns as Vauxhall ‘Keeps Calm Carries On’, Vauxhall ‘Griffin’ and ‘Combo’ and the recent Hey Car campaign.

Amanda Luckwell, UNIT Co-Founder said; ‘From the minute we met Ben we knew he had to join the team. He’s such a talented flame artist. His energy and excitement for the industry both short-form and long-form is infectious. He’s also a really popular character and  one we knew our clients would love and want to work with. Ben has come on board at such a key time for the business as we navigate remote working during Covid-19 and his independent self starter mentality is so suited to our new nimble at home setup. But we look forward to returning to Berners Mews and getting Ben involved in some more great car and wider campaigns’.

Staff Reporter