VI Welcomes New Hire Coordinator

01 August 2018

Visual Impact Bristol are very excited about our new Hire Coordinator, Vivienne Mackay-Hope, who will be joining the team 14th August as a Hire Coordinator - some of you may know her from the NHU, Icon and Hungry Gap.

After 20 years of working on the production side, she understands the pressures and details needed to put together a complicated and exciting shoot.

Born to be Wild … A brand new 10 part series by Maramedia for BBC Scotland.

30 July 2018

Maramedia has secured an exciting new 10 part series from BBC Scotland.

Life at the Scottish SPCA – the biggest and most advanced wildlife hospital in Britain where thousands of wild animals from otters and seals to robins, to Pine martens and eagles make the journey from hospital admission back to the wild and stunning landscapes of Scotland.

The Scottish SPCA National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Alloa, Fife is the biggest and most advanced wildlife hospital in the UK. Every year nearly 10,000 wild animals pass through its doors. But what happens when the patients are discharged?

BBC Commissioner Jamie Balment leaves corporation to set up shop in Cardiff and Bristol

06 July 2018

BBC documentaries and factual commissioning editor Jamie Balment is leaving the corporation to set up his own out-of-London indie.


Balment will depart next week and partner with Folk Films founder Steve Robinson to launch a company with offices in Cardiff and Bristol. The indie will open its doors in late 2018, focusing on docs, specialist factual and popular factual programming. 

Terra Mater Factual Studios - Wildscreen Nominees !

06 July 2018

Terra Mater Factual Studios are delighted to receive the news of three nominations at the 2018 Wildscreen Festival edition. The world’s leading international festival celebrating and advancing storytelling about the national world has honoured two TMFS productions with three nominations in the categories “Best Animal Behaviour”, “Best Series” and “Best Cinematography”.

Wildscreen Festival takes place biannually and receives hundreds of entries of the highest standards from all around the globe in 20 categories.

Martin Williams of Talesmith TV to speak at NHN event

06 July 2018

We are delighted to be welcoming Martin Williams CEO of Talesmtih TV as speaker at our forthcoming Members Networking Morning on July 19th. 


To quote Talesmith's website ...



06 July 2018

Flyride Films, the company set up by high-end factual production company Talesmith and world-class independent VFX company Moonraker today announced it has won an order from China’s Legend Cultural Development for five new 4D giant-screen FLYRIDE immersive films.

Shot in 8K, using custom VR camera, graphics and editing technology, each five-minute film blends stunning real life footage with striking visual effects and compelling storytelling to create a unique and breathtaking 4D exploration of China’s Five Sacred Mountains.


06 July 2018

 Cineflix Rights, the UK’s largest independent TV content distributor, has signed a first look partnership deal with Talesmith - the UK’s fastest growing factual indie producer.


Cineflix Rights is making a significant investment into Talesmith’s development activities and will help finance their projects for greenlight in both the UK and international markets. In return, the deal gives Cineflix the exclusive worldwide distribution rights to Talesmith’s projects.

NHN Members Scoop Nominee Lists for Wildscreen 2018!

06 July 2018

We are on track for a fantastic Wildscreen this year !  And we are delighted to see that our members dominate the list of nominations.

BBC Studio's NHU Blue Planet II leads the nominations list for Wildscreen 2018 , followed closely by James Reed's Rise of the Warrior Apes !

Also on the list of nominees are NHN Member's  Terra Mater Factual Studios, Ammonite, Offspring, TalesmithTV, Crossing the Line Productions, Humblebee, Passion Planet, Talesmith  Zest Productions 

Congratulations to all the teams involved ! 

The ocean epic, BLUE PLANET II, picked up seven nominations, in recognition of its stunning cinematography and jaw-dropping, never-before-seen animal behaviour.

Films@59 Provide Post for Offspring Big Beasts: Last of the Giants

02 July 2018

Following our recent articles with Alex Williamson of Offspring and Patrick Aryee, we also wanted to share the news that  Films at 59 provided Full Post Production for Offspring Films' Big Beasts: Last of the Giants which is currently TXing ! 


This 3 x 1hr production is presented by biologist Patrick Aryee, who is on a mission to discover the worlds biggest beasts. Follow his journey as he travels to Australia, Asia, The Americas and Africa to tell the story of gigantism in the natural world. Coming soon to Sky.

Esprit Films and Television @ NHN Networking Morning in June 2018

02 July 2018

You can get the coolest underwater images if you work with these guys ! 

We were so happy to see Dave Blackham and his team from the brilliant Esprit Film and Television at our NHN Networking Morning in June ! 


They arrived laden with camera cases and enormous zip up cases ...and inside these were a chocolate box of surprises for any underwater cameraman or top side enthusiast. One of Esprit's USP's is that they have a track record for innovation - and the mega dome is just one example of this ! ​

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