London visual effects house Milk is working with ITV Studios as the creative and collaborative VFX production hub for the new TV series Thunderbirds are Go, set to premiere on CITV and internationally this Spring.
Working in close collaboration with ITV Studios, Milk will bring together Weta Workshop’s live-action miniatures and Pukeko Pictures’ post viz plates, and the CGI characters and vehicles.
In order to manage 400 shots per episode over an eighteen-month period, Milk has created a bespoke pipeline for every Thunderbirds are Go shot to composite each shot together and to create and apply the signature finished look with 2D effects. Live-action plates with no CG have also been given treatment by Milk to ensure continuity of style throughout.
Milk has also developed and created environments integral to the story including underwater, space and storm scenes and created the lighting for the CG Thunderbirds vehicles.
Milk is working closely with series director David Scott to achieve the iconic look of the new series in every shot, with the aim of bringing a filmic feel with heavy grain and shallow depth of field.
“The challenge of pulling together a vast amount of data on an international scale, within a tight schedule called for a unique workflow solution,” said Will Cohen, Milk’s CEO and executive producer. “In collaborating with everyone involved we have been able to make that happen. We are proud to have contributed to this iconic TV event by coming up with a filmic look and treatment for the series.”
Milk is currently working on TV projects including new drama Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, due to debut on BBC One in the UK in 2015 and the forthcoming Hartswood/BBC Sherlock Christmas special 2015 episode.