On May 15th 2019, NFTS is teaming up with Aardman to host the premiere of Carrot Productions live orchestral interactive experience, Wallace & Gromit’s Music Marvels as well as a Q&A with creator and NFTS alumnus Nick Park and fellow alumnus and composer, Julian Nott. The premiere is celebrating 30 years since Nick Park created his Academy Award® nominated graduation film Wallace & Gromit: A Grand Day Out at the School.

Also on the programme are Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers and, exclusively for this premiere and to celebrate its 30th anniversary, A Grand Day Out, all with live orchestral accompaniment.  This is a unique opportunity for Aardman lovers to experience the films in an entirely new way, and tickets for the event are strictly limited. Musical Marvels, The Wrong Trousers and the orchestra will then tour the UK in venues from London to Edinburgh from May 16th until June 9th.

Speaking about the premiere and tour, Carrot Productions’ Managing Director, Rachel Whibley, said: “We are delighted that Aardman have granted us exclusive rights to launch this exciting new tour in the UK, and especially honoured to be staging the premiere at NFTS, including a Q and A session with the incomparable Nick Park and the wonderful composer, Julian Nott. As the world’s leading performers of big screen showings of The Snowman with live orchestra, it will be a pleasure to present such a high-quality show in partnership with the inspirational team at Aardman, providing huge fun for audiences of all ages”.

Wallace & Gromit's Musical Marvels features Wallace preparing to perform his musical masterpiece My Concerto in Ee Lad with help from his faithful companion Gromit. This interactive experience features specially created animations as well as live orchestral accompaniment and escapades from the Picture House Orchestra and presenter Matthew Sharp.

Sean Clarke, Head of Rights and Brand Development, Aardman added: “It is wonderful to see Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels going on tour in 2019, the 30th anniversary year of Wallace & Gromit! Carrot Productions have produced a fantastic show, and we look forward to audiences across the UK having the opportunity to enjoy this unique musical experience.”

NFTS Director, Jon Wardle said: “We are thrilled to be hosting this very special anniversary event and welcoming Wallace & Gromit fans to join us in celebrating one of the School’s proudest moments. Nick Park and Wallace & Gromit are very much part of the fabric of the NFTS so it’s incredibly fitting that we are celebrating their creation here where it all began.”

Booking for the Premiere event at NFTS is open now. Click here to buy tickets.

For interviews, reviews and further information contact:

Carrot Productions press contact: Siobhan Parker - siobhan@carrotproductions.com NFTS press contact: Vicky Hewlett – vhewlett@nfts.co.uk

 

 

 

 

This year’s NFTS Graduation Showcase, sponsored by Netflix, is shaping up to be very exciting indeed.

There is a month of events including three days of screenings and presentations at Picturehouse Central from February 25th to the 27th as well are dedicated showcases for Writing and Producing Comedy, Television Entertainment, Screenwriting and Production Design. Screenings and presentations taking place at Picturehouse Central include Fiction; Documentary; Animation; Science and Natural History; Television Entertainment; Marketing, Distribution, Sales and Exhibition; Film Studies, Programming and Curation; Sports Production; Games Design and Development; Commercials and Creative Producing for Digital Platforms.

Here’s a glimpse into the animations we have on show this year:

A Bird With No Legs: James cannot process the loss of his wife and is lost in an isolated, oppressive, and dissonant world. His son, Theo, plays the songs he needs hear to overcome his emotional and musical block, and put their world back in harmony.

The Team: Director Nicolas Cinelli, Producer Ludovico Zanette, Screenwriter Karim Khan, Cinematographer Michael Filocamo, Production Designer Miryam Jacomini, Production Manager Carla Tarnawski, Editor Sighvatur Kristinsson, Sound Designer/Dubbing Mixer Ben Goodall, Composer Thomas Ross Fitzsimons, Marketing and PR Dina Elkordy, Model Makers Ellen Carnegie, Angus Choy, Alastair Fleming, Emma Hodgson, Thanos Kantzavelos, Harry Saxon, Melissa Tague, Becky Weston, CG Lead Jan Karnowski, CG Artists Ashleigh Ramirez-Cintron,  Liam Wedge, Lead Compositor Cécile Ceppi, Compositor Ysabel King, Colourist And Online Editor Liz Glennard

Almost There: On an everyday train journey quite unlike any other, a not-so-casual observer goes to extreme lengths to avoid other passengers, a giant baby runs away from his parents, a romantic woman starts an ill-fated relationship with a cuckoo, and a naïve boy discovers that some problems can’t be fixed by pictures of unicorns.

The Team: Director Nelly Michenaud, Producers Kate Phibbs, Nathanael Baring, Screenwriter Tim Dees, Cinematographer Alana Mejia Gonzalez, Production Designer Theo Boswell, Production Manager Julia Jendrysik, Editor Celina Øier, Sound Designer/Dubbing Mixer Ioannis Spanos, Composer Adam Price, Lead Animator Richard Farris, Model Makers Angus Choy, Alastair Fleming, Thanos Kantzavelos, Lisa Ott, Harry Saxon, Melissa Tague, Becky Weston, CG Lead Ysabel King, Colourist and Online Editor Liz Glennard

Heatwave: In the midst of a searing heatwave, two little children find a way to cool everyone down.

The Team: Director/Writer Fokion Xenos, Producer Priya K. Dosanjh, Cinematographer Brendan Freedman, Production Designer Antonio Niculae, Production Manager Joseph Phillips, Editor Stella Heath Keir, Sound Designer/Dubbing Mixer Kevin Langhamer, Composer Andreas Gutuen Aaser, Marketing and PR Alexandre Ermakov, Model Makers Thanos Kantzavelos, Harry Saxon, Colourist And Online Editor Liz Glennard

Listen to me Sing: A miserable hotel performer learns to express herself when she falls in love with a walrus.

The Team: Director/Lead Animator Isabel Garrett, Producer Emily Everdee, Screenwriters Rosamund Attwood & Lydia Rynne, Cinematographer Daniel Morgan, Production Designer Tessa Flanagan, Production Manager Megan Randle, Editor Chloe Hardwick, Sound Designer/Dubbing Mixer, Adam Shuttleworth, Composer Stephanie Taylor, Model Makers Oliver Arnell Argles, Ellen Carnegie, Alastair Fleming, Emma Hodgson, Lisa Ott, Harry Saxon, Melissa Tague

Mother's Ruin: Set in gin-soaked Georgian London, 'Mother's Ruin' is a hand-drawn, 2D animated anti-musical that tells the story of how a 12-year-old Bill Sykes turned from an innocent child, into the infamous monster first seen in Charles Dicken's 'Oliver Twist'.

The Team: Director/Lead Animator Frank Burgess, Producer Tom Dexter, Screenwriters Dan Braham, Mark Wale, Cinematography Advisor Sara Pantoli, Production Designer, James Reading, Production Manager Hannah Cole, Editor Jamie King, Sound Designer/Dubbing Mixer, Adam Douglas Jones, Composer Roshan Gunga, CG Lead Paul Robinson, CG Artists Leonardo Bonomi Tarani, Cheng Zeng Lead Compositor Mark Graham, Colourist And Online Editor Andrea Lo Priore

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One Liner: Ian Plinth, best known as the unfunny half of a comedy double act form the 1970s, attempts to make his solo comeback on board a cruise liner.

The Team: Director/Writer/Animator Matthew Lee, Producer Teodora Shaleva, Cinematographer Molly Manning-Walker, Production Designer Lauren Taylor, Production Manager Palma Derzsi, Editor Mirjam Jegorov, Sound Designer/Dubbing Mixer Edward A. Guy, Composer Rachael Philip, Marketing and PR Alex Chronopoulos, Model Makers Oliver Arnell Argles, Ellen Carnegie, Angus Choy, Alastair Fleming, Thanos Kantzavelos, Lisa Ott, Harry Saxon, Melissa Tague, Becky Weston, Lead Compositor Mark Graham, Colourist and Online Editor Michael Pearce

Solar Plexus: Noah has not accepted the death of his mother, an astronaut. In order to move on, he must break the umbilical cord that still connects them.

The Team: Director/Lead Animator David McShane, Producer Paida Mutonono, Screenwriter Jessica Sinyard Cinematographer Lily Grimes, Production Designer Qingling Zhang, Production Manager Lisa Killeen, Editor Francesco Cibati, Sound Designer/Dubbing Mixer Inês Adriana, Composer Will Turner, Marketing and PR Diyana Zaykova, Model Makers Oliver Arnell Argles, Ellen Carnegie, Angus Choy, Alastair Fleming, Emma Hodgson, Thanos Kantzavelos, Lisa Ott, Harry Saxon, Melissa Tague, Becky Weston, Colourist and Online Editor Michael Pearce 

The Fire Next Time: As the rioting spreads and looters push police lines back, the shadows in the housing estate and high street grow longer and the oppressive environment takes on a life of its own. A young mum stresses out about her benefits, a struggling father has a barney with security guards at the Job Centre and teenagers grow angry with the police who dog their every move. 

The Team: Director/Lead Animator Renaldho Pelle, Producer Yanling Wang, Screenwriter Kerry Kolbe, Cinematographer  Fabio Mota, Production Designer  Nicola Sadori, Production Manager Stephanie Faucher,Editor Robin Whalley, Sound Designer/Dubbing Mixer, Jose Pablo Ramirez, Composer Marisa Cornford, Lead CG Liam Wedge, Model Makers Oliver Arnell Argles, Ellen Carnegie, Angus Choy, Alastair Fleming, Emma Hodgson, Thanos Kantzavelos, Harry Saxon, Lead Compositor Ysabel King, Compositors Miya Shen, Lesley Cai Colourist and Online Editor Michael Pearce

More information on the NFTS 2019 graduation showcase can be found at www.nfts.co.uk/gradshow

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Huge congratulations to NFTS Directing Animation MA alumni, David Fine and Alison Snowden who are nominated for a 2019 Academy Award in the Best Animated Short category for their film, Animal Behaviour.

This is not the first Oscar nomination for Alison and David as Alison’s NFTS graduation film, Second Class Mail was nominated for an Oscar in 1986 and Alison and David won an Oscar in 1995 for their animated short, Bob’s Birthday. In addition to this fantastic news, an incredible 95 NFTS alumni are credited across 13 films nominated in 8 categories. Here’s the full list:

Best Picture:

Black Panther: Animator, Thomas Phillips-Howard 

Bohemian Rhapsody: 2nd Unit DoP, Nanu Segal; Dialogue/ADR Editor, Jens Rosenlund Petersen; ADR Mixer, Linda Brenon; Assistant Sound Editor, Louise Burton; Animator for Double Negative, Thomas Phillips-Howard; Dailies Colourist, Doychin Margoevski; Location Marshall, Hannah Cole

The Favourite: Draughtsman, Agis Pyrlis; Assistant Colourist, Sara Buxton; Dailies Colourist, Doychin Margoevski

Vice: Boom Operator, Ben Greaves

Best Animated Feature:

Isle of Dogs: Editor, Ralph Foster; Digital Compositor, Gillian Simpson; Animators, Frej Bengtsson, Quentin Haberham, Steve Warne, Adam M Watts & Laura Tofarides

Best Animated Short:

Animal Behaviour: Writers/Directors/Animators, Alison Snowden and David Fine

Best Foreign Language Film:

Cold War: 2nd Production Designer, Anna Woloszczuk-Banasiak

Never Look Away: VFX Artist, Florentin Ionita

Best Sound Editing:

Bohemian Rhapsody: 2nd Unit DoP, Nanu Segal; Dialogue/ADR Editor, Jens Rosenlund Petersen; ADR Mixer, Linda Brenon; Assistant Sound Editor, Louise Burton; Animator for Double Negative, Thomas Phillips-Howard; Dailies Colourist, Doychin Margoevski; Location Marshall, Hannah Cole

Best Sound Mixing:

Bohemian Rhapsody: 2nd Unit DoP, Nanu Segal; Dialogue/ADR Editor, Jens Rosenlund Petersen; ADR Mixer, Linda Brenon; Assistant Sound Editor, Louise Burton; Animator for Double Negative, Thomas Phillips-Howard; Dailies Colourist, Doychin Margoevski; Location Marshall, Hannah Cole

Best Production Design:

The Favourite: Draughtsman, Agis Pyrlis; Assistant Colourist, Sara Buxton; Dailies Colourist, Doychin Margoevski

Mary Poppins Returns: Concept Artist, Eva Kuntz; Junior Draughtsman, Jamie Burrows; ADR Mixer, Linda Brenon; Graphic Designer [Reshoots], Louise Begbie; Digital Compositors, David Sheldon and Ruochen Wang; Production Secretary, Caroline Houghton

Best Visual Effects:

Avengers: Infinity War: VFX Supervisor, Dan Snape; Environments TD, Zach du Toit; Visual Effects Artist, Cat Harris; FX TD, Matt Moyes; Lighting TD, Carlo Alberto Bagliolid; Paint & Rotoscopy Artist, Kamaljit Bains; VFX Artist, Cat Harris; VFX Production Assistant, Beatriz de la Osa Arcos; Layout Artists Shivani Shah & Jake Ferris; Digital Compositors Manuel Perez, Graham Dorey, Adam Arnot, David Sheldon & Felipe Olid Guerrero; Draughtspersons Isona Rigau & Alexandra Toomey; Junior Draughtsperson Jamie Burrows

Christopher Robin: Art Director, Dominic Hyman; Junior Draughtsman, Lizzie Osborne; Visual Effects Artist, Cat Harris; Digital Compositors, Victor Almela, Luke Hardisty, Felipe Olid Guerrero, David Sheldon and Graham Dorey; Location Marshall, Hannah Cole

Ready Player One: Visual Effects Producer, Ben Lock; VFX Artist, Shivani Shah; Compositor, Adam Arnot; Lighting TDs, Carlo Alberto Bagliolid and Boyan Baynov; 1st Assistant Sound: Mo-Cap Unit, Alex Bryce

Solo: A Star Wars Story: Production Sound Mixer, Stuart Wilson; 2nd Unit Boom Operator, Michael Lee Taylor; Second Assistant Sound: Dailies, Joanna Andrews; Art Directors, Oliver Carroll, Stephen Swain and Tom Weaving; Assistant Art Director, Patrick Harris; Draughtspersons, Olivia Muggleton, Andrew Tilhoo and Paul Savulescu; Art Department Assistant, Joelle Aoun; Art Department Assistant [Dailies], Paula Gimenez; Lighting TD, Boyan Baynov; Layout Artist, Jake Ferris; Visual Effects Artist, James AJ Miller

 

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Recent Directing Animation MA graduates, Ed Smith and Ed Bulmer, who graduated earlier this year received grants under an initiative from BBC Four and the BFI, and had their resulting work shown on BBC TV.

Stills from Hair and Frank's Joke

Work from 17 animators including Hair directed and animated by Ed Smith and Frank’s Joke, directed and animated by Ed Bulmer was premiered on BBC Four on the 2nd December in a programme presented by British animator, Osbert Parker, and is now available to watch on BBC iPlayer. The films take a variety of approaches, using styles and techniques ranging from hand-drawn images to live-action puppetry, stop motion, CG, 2D and 3D, covering a diversity of genres from science-fiction to documentary. Though richly varied in tone and content, they have been curated into four groups on the themes of animals, other worlds, obsession and love.  

Frank’s Joke by Ed Bulmer is a comic look at the fickle nature of memory.

Hair by Ed Smith features Mary and Archie who are obsessive shavers, but when Mary rediscovers her love for hair, their relationship begins to unravel.

You can watch both Hair and Frank’s Joke on BBC iPlayer until the end of December 2018.
 

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NFTS graduation animation, Facing It, directed by Sam Gainsborough and produced by Jimmy Campbell-Smith, has been nominated for a prestigious Annie Award for Best Student Film.

The Annie Awards, which recognises the best in animation, is a highly prestigious competition, hosted by The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA in Hollywood. This is the third year in succession that the NFTS has had a nomination and our sixth nomination in six years. NFTS students have won the Best Student Film award twice including last year when the trophy went to Poles Apart directed by Paloma Baeza and produced by Ser En Low.

Facing It Synopsis: As Sean anxiously awaits a meeting in the local pub, he is forced to explore his own unhappy memories and relationships in an evening that will leave him changed forever.

The team:

Sam Gainsborough; Director/Animator/Co-Screenwriter; Jimmy Campbell-Smith, Producer; Louisa Wood, Co-Screenwriter; Bruno Grilo, Cinematographer; Demian Lovett, Lilla Vindics, Assistant Directors; Fiona Guest, Production Designer; Garry David Frost, Production Manager; Jenny Martin, Production Co-Ordinator; Mdhamiri A Nkemi, Editor; Adam Woodhams, Sound Designer & Dubbing Mixer; Jack Newton, Composer; Oliver Buus, Lead Compositor, digital Effects; Daniel Quirke, Compositor; Laura Jane Dart, Colourist & Online Editor

Director Sam Gainsborough at work

The 46th Annual Annie Awards will take place on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at UCLA's Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California. Congratulations and good luck to the whole team!

 

 

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NFTS students and staff today unveiled a sculpture of much loved stop motion animation character Gromit at the School. The sculpture was specially commissioned to mark the upcoming 30th anniversary of Wallace & Gromit being created by NFTS Directing Animation MA alumnus Nick Park at the School for his Oscar® nominated graduation film, A Grand Day Out, which premiered in 1989.

NFTS Director Jon Wardle with Head of Model Making John Lee, Head of Animation, Robert Bradbrook and Model Making and Animation students

NFTS Director, Jon Wardle said: “We are thrilled to unveil our very own Gromit so students, staff and visitors to the School can enjoy and celebrate one of the School’s proudest moments. Nick Park and Wallace & Gromit are very much part of the fabric of the NFTS so it’s incredibly fitting that we now have a lasting tribute to two of the UK’s most loved characters being created right here at the School.”

Bethany Smith, Brand Manager at Aardman said: “It’s fantastic that the NFTS now has a permanent Gromit sculpture. We are very proud of our and Nick’s connection with the School and enjoy working closely with the students on a regular basis to help inspire the next generation of animators.”

Model Making student, Sophie Monks with the sign she made

A bespoke sign to accompany Gromit, explaining the heritage has been made by students on the new Model Making for Animation Diploma course. The sign will encourage students and visitors to take selfies with Gromit using the #WallaceandGromitNFTS hashtag.

NFTS Head of Model Making John Lee taking a selfie!

John Lee, Head of Model Making explained: “We wanted to design and make something that would really bring Wallace and Gromit’s story to life. The main part of the sign is modelled to look like Wallace’s favourite food, cheese and features rocket motifs from Nick Park’s NFTS graduation film, A Grand Day Out. This specially made sign sculpted by NFTS Model Making for Animation student Sophie Monks and the incredible achievements of our animation department are testament to the fact that our students are following in Nick’s footsteps and ensuring that stop motion animation and model making continues to be a hugely important part of the School’s output. I can also reveal that the model making department will be working on something very special to mark the 30th anniversary next year. Watch this space for more information!”

More information on plans to celebrate Wallace & Gromit’s 30th anniversary in 2019 will be announced soon!

‘Facing It’ directed, animated and co-written by recent NFTS Directing Animation MA graduate, Sam Gainsborough has won both the Grand Prix and the Audience Award at this year’s Animage Animation Festival in Brazil, which focusses on films that are independent, authorial, experimental, daring, expressive, politically driven, innovative and original. 

Sam said: "I’m absolutely delighted to win the Animage Grand Prix! There were some other really amazing films in competition so I was completely shocked when I found out we had won the award. And on top of that, to find out Facing It also won the festival audience award, that completely blew me away! I really wanted to make a film that would resonate with different people all over the world, and it's amazing that audiences in different countries, on different continents, are connecting with the film. It’s really exciting! "

Facing It has already won a number of awards including:

  • Animafest Zagreb - Best Student Film
  • Ottawa International Animation Festival - Audience Award
  • KLIK International Animation Festival, Amsterdam - Audience Award
  • Viborg International Animation Festival - Ginger Award for Best Student Film
  • KROK International Animation Festival, Russia - Jury Deploma Award
Sam working on 'Facing It' at NFTS

The Facing It Team:

Sam Gainsborough, Director/Animator/Co-Screenwriter; Jimmy Campbell-Smith, Producer; Louisa Wood, Co-Screenwriter; Bruno Grilo, Cinematographer; Demian Lovett, Lilla Vindics, Assistant Directors; Fiona Guest, Production Designer; Garry David Frost, Production Manager; Jenny Martin, Production Co-Ordinator; Mdhamiri A Nkemi, Editor; Adam Woodhams, Sound Designer & Dubbing Mixer; Jack Newton, Composer; Oliver Buus, Lead Compositor; Daniel Quirke, Compositor; Laura Jane Dart, Colourist & Online Editor

For more information on the NFTS Directing Animation MA, please visit www.nfts.co.uk/animation and for more information on Facing It, please click here.

 

 

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BAFTA winning actor, writer and comedian, Paul Whitehouse (The Fast Show; The Death of Stalin) dropped into Beaconsfield to record a voice over for graduation animation, Mother’s Ruin, directed by NFTS Directing Animation MA student, Frank Burgess.

NFTS Directing Animation MA student, Frank Burgess with Paul Whitehouse

Paul will be playing the villain of the story with a cockney accent and sings a song specially composed for the film by NFTS Composing MA student, Roshan Gunga.

Sound Designer, Adam Douglas Jones, Producer, Tom Dexter, Animation director, Frank Burgess, Paul Whitehouse & Composer, Roshan Gunga 

More exciting cast members to be announced soon. Watch this space!

Frank at work on his graduation animation film

For more information about the NFTS Directing Animation MA, please visit www.nfts.co.uk/animation

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NFTS graduation animation, Hedgehog, directed and animated by Edward Bulmer and produced by Jona Thompson has been recognised with the Student Film Special Jury’s Award at this year’s Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival.

The team said of their win: “Many thanks to SICAF for the award and for welcoming us to the beautiful city of Seoul. Winning would not have been possible without the support of the NFTS."

Hedgehog synopsis:

Gareth suffers with debilitating self doubt... which follows him around in the form of a hedgehog.

The Team:

Edward Bulmer, Director/Animator; Jona Thompson, Producer; Mohsen Shah, Screenwriter; Angela Zoe Neil, Cinematographer; Alessandro Aglietti, Production Designer; Emma Clarke, Celia Moreno Madrigal, Production Managers; Will Winfield, Editor; Nigel Woodford, Sound Designer & Dubbing Mixer; Pablo Scopinaro, Composer; Samuel Hunt, Cg Lead; Baitong Monseu, Lead Compositor; Hugh Howlett, Colourist & Online Editor

For more information about the NFTS Directing Animation MA, please visit www.nfts.co.uk/animation

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The NFTS has triumphed once again affirming its place as one of the world’s leading film schools by winning the top prize in the Animation category of the CILECT Global Film School Awards. This is the fifth time that the NFTS has taken top prizes these prestigious awards having won prizes in two out of three categories in 2017, 2016, 2015 and in 2013, the school made history by becoming the first institution to win first prize in all three categories. This year, 126 film schools submitted entries globally.

NFTS students won first prize in the Animation category with Poles Apart directed by Paloma Baeza and produced by Ser En Low (full credits below).

Poles Apart synopsis:

Poles Apart which won the British Short Animation BAFTA in 2018, tells the story of an unlikely meeting between Nanuk, a tough female polar bear, and Aklak, an enthusiastic male grizzly bear, brought together by their changing habitats. The lack of food in a melting Arctic has left the solitary Nanuk desperately hungry. When the hopeful and eager Aklak crashes into Nanuk’s world, she has to decide if the naïve grizzly bear is her food or her friend.

Paloma Baeza animating Poles Apart

The team:

Director/ Writer/ Animator – Paloma Baeza; Producer, Ser En Low; Cinematographer, Jon Muschamp; Production Designer, Paula Giménez; Production Manager, Florencia Casas; Production Co-ordinator, Sophie Halton; Editor, Zsofia Tálas; Sound Designer & Re-recording Mixer, Morgan Muse; Compser, Hollie Buhagiar; VFX Supervisor, Gillian Simpson; CG Supervisors, Ollie Brummell, Shivani Shah; Colourist & Online Editor, Alex Davis.

 

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