Monthly Archives: February 2014

Which UK TV shows may be global hits

This article is culled from the best industry reporting in UK, London and Great Britain. Black Hangar Studios is a fantastic new film and television studio in the UK located just 40 minutes from Central London (drive or train). Black Hangar Studios boasts one of the largest Stages in the UK at 35,000 sq ft, with a ceiling height of 45 ft. The Studios also benefits from the second largest outdoor water tank in Europe (5,000 sq ft) designed by the Oscar winning Production Designer of Titanic. With room to park more than 250 cars, a series of private roads for driving sequences (no need for road closures on a weekend, with overtime to pay) and a large workshop and ample office space (kitted out, including makeup, shower rooms, green room). Black Hangar Studios even has DVD authoring, DIT cart hire, Generator hire and both Avid (DS) and Final Cut (Studio Pro) suites. For more information call 02077888987 or email info@blackhangarstudios.com or visit our site www.blackhangarstudios.com

 

When it comes to making television programmes, British broadcasters have a huge potential global audience. Downton Abbey, for example, has become the UK’s most successful drama export, being sold to hundreds of countries from Iraq to the Bahamas.

It’s part of a British takeover of the international TV market, with shows like Doctor Who, Sherlock and the Great British Bake Off being picked up around the world. Programmes like these helped to generate over £1.7bn from foreign programme sales.

David Sillito has been to the annual BBC Worldwide showcase in Liverpool where executives from around the world are looking for the next big thing.

(Courtesy of bbc.co.uk)

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Tom Hardy living the dream

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Tom-Hardy-living-the-dream

Tom Hardy “never dreamt” of playing two characters in one film.

The British actor has taken on an array of different roles over the years, from troubled Yorkshireman Heathcliff in TV movie Wuthering Heights to the notorious Charles Bronson in biopic Bronson.

Next up he is set to take on criminal twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray in a film adaptation of their lives. It is thought the feature is to be called Legend and will follow their antics including robberies, murders and arson attacks in London during the ’60s.

Tom is confident he can portray both brothers and has revealed it’s only a matter of planning to get it right.

“All the plans are on the table… there’s a lot of crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s, and there’s a lot of shift and geography to work out,” he explained to MailOnline.

“It would be difficult. It’s quite technical and I’m a bit of an anorak. There’s a physical transfer; we’d have to shoot one bit, go away come back and shoot it all again with another part. I’ve never dreamt of playing two people on the screen!”

The last big villain Tom played was Bane opposite Christian Bale as Batman in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises.

Now the role of the DC Comics superhero has been passed on to Ben Affleck, who will appear in upcoming action flick Batman vs. Superman.

While some have criticised this choice, Tom can’t think of anyone better for the role.

“I think it’s awesome,” he quipped. “You got to understand, Ben Affleck is one of the finest directors we’ve got who can act and direct and be in films like The Town and Argo. It’s fantastic.”

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U.K.’s Raindance Film Festival Launches VOD Website

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The site, Raindance Releasing, will offer audiences year-round access to curated films from the indie festival.

The Raindance Film Festival, which aims to support independent filmmakers from the U.K. and around the world, launched a video-on-demand website Monday.

Named Raindance Releasing, the service aims to reach audiences with the festival’s indie content all year round.

The site will feature independent films from around the world, curated by the Raindance Film Festival’s U.K. team.

Movies scheduled for a debut British release on the startup platform include Mesocafe, My Destiny and Black Smoke Rising, along with documentaries Fall And Winter, Disrupted and Soka Afrika.

Raindance partnered with online distribution platform Distrify to launch the site.

Elliot Grove, who founded Raindance in 1993 and also started the British Independent Film Awards, said: “Raindance was the first film festival to launch online festival screenings way back in 2006, so it’s always been our ambition to bring our movies online to audiences year round. We want to use Raindance Releasing to discover, foster and promote filmmaking talent in the same way we have been doing for 21 years with our film festival and the British Independent Film Awards.”

Distrify CEO Peter Gerard added: “This new Distrify-powered initiative allows Raindance to curate and promote high quality independent films year-round to a passionate online audience of film lovers.”

The site aims to release up to three new films every month.

(Courtesy of hollywoodreporter.com)

The special effects firms transforming the film industry

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Creating Gravity’s special effects was a long and painstaking process

If you are looking for a sure thing at this year’s Oscars look no further than Gravity to win the best visual effects category. Despite containing the combined star power of Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, the real standout of the film has been the work of London-based special effects company Framestore.

Under the guidance of VFX supervisor Tim Webber, the company worked closely with director Alfonso Cuaron to bring the tale of two stranded astronauts to the screen. Originally conceived as a small, intimate film with practical effects, Webber believed that the difficulty of representing gravity in space, or the relative lack of it, could best be overcome through digital technology.

The end result is a film that is about 80% composed of digital shots. Each frame took around 50 hours to render fully and if the entire film had been rendered using a single CPU processor then it would have taken about 7,000 years.

Facial Capture

Actor Kezia Burrows explains how facial expressions can be captured

As performance capture has advanced over the past decade so has the quest to make a realistic human CGI face. Rather than doing away with the actor, the process actually works in conjunction with their performance, tracing and capturing the movements of their face. This information is then fed back into the software to give as realistic a digital performance as possible.

One of the most recent products in this field is the Vicon Cara. Its makers claim that the system is the world’s first, out-of-the-box, 3D facial motion capture system. The light-weight helmet is made up of four HD cameras which record their movement and which allow the performer to act without their view being obscured.

While the tech still has some way to go before it can create a truly believable human CGI performance, it has reached a stage where human performances can be altered by visual effects artists afterwards, albeit in subtle fashion.

Phil Elderfield of Vicon points out that: “You can start with the true performance of the day but you can also tweak it a little bit if you want to – you can embellish it or you can play it down, you can emphasis or de-emphasis certain things and by re-creating a [filmed] world inside a computer that flexibility exists.”

Performance Capture

Spencer Kelly finds out how Bepe the blue alien is created

In 2001 the film Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within was released. The movie may be unfamiliar to many these days but it marked the first widespread release of a film made entirely using motion capture technology.

The studios of AudioMotion are based just outside of Oxford and, while the name may not be immediately familiar, they have worked on some of the biggest films and computer games of the last few years.

The company specialise in motion or performance capture which involves actors wearing a special mo-cap or performance capture suit that is covered in highly reflective dots. The location of the dots is captured by cameras all around a set and visual effects engineers are able to digitally recreate the exact movements of the actor.

The process achieved widespread prominence with the release of the second Lord of the Rings film, The Two Towers, where the performance of actor Andy Serkis as Gollum earned critical acclaim.

The last decade has seen the technology develop further still with more detailed and complex movements able to be mapped while more realistic and human-like creations are now commonplace in films and computer games.

(Courtesy of bbc.co.uk)

This article is culled from the best industry reporting in UK, London and Great Britain. Black Hangar Studios is a fantastic new film and television studio in the UK located just 40 minutes from Central London (drive or train). Black Hangar Studios boasts one of the largest Stages in the UK at 35,000 sq ft, with a ceiling height of 45 ft. The Studios also benefits from the second largest outdoor water tank in Europe (5,000 sq ft) designed by the Oscar winning Production Designer of Titanic. With room to park more than 250 cars, a series of private roads for driving sequences (no need for road closures on a weekend, with overtime to pay) and a large workshop and ample office space (kitted out, including makeup, shower rooms, green room). Black Hangar Studios even has DVD authoring, DIT cart hire, Generator hire and both Avid (DS) and Final Cut (Studio Pro) suites. For more information call 02077888987 or email info@blackhangarstudios.com or visit our site www.blackhangarstudios.com

 

Veronica Mars Sets UK Release Locations

This article is culled from the best industry reporting in UK, London and Great Britain. Black Hangar Studios is a fantastic new film and television studio in the UK located just 40 minutes from Central London (drive or train). Black Hangar Studios boasts one of the largest Stages in the UK at 35,000 sq ft, with a ceiling height of 45 ft. The Studios also benefits from the second largest outdoor water tank in Europe (5,000 sq ft) designed by the Oscar winning Production Designer of Titanic. With room to park more than 250 cars, a series of private roads for driving sequences (no need for road closures on a weekend, with overtime to pay) and a large workshop and ample office space (kitted out, including makeup, shower rooms, green room). Black Hangar Studios even has DVD authoring, DIT cart hire, Generator hire and both Avid (DS) and Final Cut (Studio Pro) suites. For more information call 02077888987 or email info@blackhangarstudios.com or visit our site www.blackhangarstudios.com

Veronica-Mars-Sets-UK-Release-Date

Good news arrived yesterday for Veronica Mars fans in the UK and Ireland hoping to see the crowd sourced film version of the detective’s further adventures: Mars boss Rob Thomas emailed Kickstarter backers to announce that the movie will hit select cinemas in Blighty.

Thomas, who created the show and has co-written and directed the movie, didn’t specify the exact release date, but we figure it’ll either be on the same day as the US – March 14 (mark your calendars) – or shortly thereafter.

In the film, Veronica (Kristen Bell) has put her hometown of Neptune and her amateur sleuthing days behind her on the eve of graduating law school. While interviewing at high-end legal firms, she gets a call from her ex-boyfriend Logan (Jason Dohring) who has been accused of murder. Veronica heads back to Neptune just to help Logan find an attorney, but when things don’t seem right in how his case is perceived and handled, Veronica finds herself pulled back into a life she thought she had left behind…

So if you were excited about the idea of the film – or perhaps more importantly, had contributed money to its very creation – and were worried you might not get to see it, you may be resting a little easier now. Here’s the list…

Empire Cinemas
Leicester Square (London)
Birmingham
Newcastle

Showcase Cinemas
Dartford (London)
Bristol
Cardiff
Nottingham
Leicester
Manchester
Glasgow

Movies@Dundrum
Dublin

(Courtesy of empireonline.com)

This article is culled from the best industry reporting in UK, London and Great Britain. Black Hangar Studios is a fantastic new film and television studio in the UK located just 40 minutes from Central London (drive or train). Black Hangar Studios boasts one of the largest Stages in the UK at 35,000 sq ft, with a ceiling height of 45 ft. The Studios also benefits from the second largest outdoor water tank in Europe (5,000 sq ft) designed by the Oscar winning Production Designer of Titanic. With room to park more than 250 cars, a series of private roads for driving sequences (no need for road closures on a weekend, with overtime to pay) and a large workshop and ample office space (kitted out, including makeup, shower rooms, green room). Black Hangar Studios even has DVD authoring, DIT cart hire, Generator hire and both Avid (DS) and Final Cut (Studio Pro) suites. For more information call 02077888987 or email info@blackhangarstudios.com or visit our site www.blackhangarstudios.com

 

 

Gravity’s win for best British film at Baftas puzzles everyone

This article is culled from the best industry reporting in UK, London and Great Britain. Black Hangar Studios is a fantastic new film and television studio in the UK located just 40 minutes from Central London (drive or train). Black Hangar Studios boasts one of the largest Stages in the UK at 35,000 sq ft, with a ceiling height of 45 ft. The Studios also benefits from the second largest outdoor water tank in Europe (5,000 sq ft) designed by the Oscar winning Production Designer of Titanic. With room to park more than 250 cars, a series of private roads for driving sequences (no need for road closures on a weekend, with overtime to pay) and a large workshop and ample office space (kitted out, including makeup, shower rooms, green room). Black Hangar Studios even has DVD authoring, DIT cart hire, Generator hire and both Avid (DS) and Final Cut (Studio Pro) suites. For more information call 02077888987 or email info@blackhangarstudios.com or visit our site www.blackhangarstudios.com

Gravity's win for best British film at Baftas puzzles everyone
Sandra Bullock has been nominated for an Oscar for her role in Gravity (Picture: AP Photo/Warner Bros)

Gravity scooped outstanding British film at the Bafta awards but not everyone was happy.

The film’s win raised eyebrows with many critics and fans speculating on Twitter as to why it was considered a British film over Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, Philomena, Rush, Saving Mr Banks and The Selfish Giant.

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón, the sci-fi 3D epic stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts stranded in space.

MORE: Gravity sweeps the board at the Baftas

Gravity's win for best British film at Baftas puzzles everyone
Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron and producer David Heyman celebrate their Bafta win (Picture: Invision/AP)

It was judged as British according to Bafta and BFI guidelines.

Gravity was produced by Harry Potter’s David Heyman, shot at Shepperton Studios hiring British artists and technicians, and used British company Framestore for its visual effects.

But some critics were still puzzled by the win with Screen International’s Andreas Wiseman tweeting: ‘A film needs 16 points in the BFI’s ‘cultural test’ to qualify as #British | Does #Gravity pass? Not by my maths.’

The Observer’s Guy Lodge wrote: ‘I hear the reasons for Gravity qualifying as a British film. I understand them. But still… no.’

Gravity's win for best British film at Baftas puzzles everyone
Sandra Bullock has been nominated for an Oscar for her role in Gravity (Picture: AP Photo/Warner Bros)

Gravity scooped outstanding British film at the Bafta awards but not everyone was happy.

The film’s win raised eyebrows with many critics and fans speculating on Twitter as to why it was considered a British film over Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, Philomena, Rush, Saving Mr Banks and The Selfish Giant.

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón, the sci-fi 3D epic stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts stranded in space.

MORE: Gravity sweeps the board at the Baftas

Gravity's win for best British film at Baftas puzzles everyone
Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron and producer David Heyman celebrate their Bafta win (Picture: Invision/AP)

It was judged as British according to Bafta and BFI guidelines.

Gravity was produced by Harry Potter’s David Heyman, shot at Shepperton Studios hiring British artists and technicians, and used British company Framestore for its visual effects.

But some critics were still puzzled by the win with Screen International’s Andreas Wiseman tweeting: ‘A film needs 16 points in the BFI’s ‘cultural test’ to qualify as #British | Does #Gravity pass? Not by my maths.’

The Observer’s Guy Lodge wrote: ‘I hear the reasons for Gravity qualifying as a British film. I understand them. But still… no.’

Fearnet’s Scott Weinberg said: ‘Gravity is a British film? OK. In order to qualify for a BAFTA, a film must be partially shot in Great Britian, or have a British producer or open in British theaters.’

He added: ‘I think it’s kinda weak, to be honest. Great Britain produces tons of good films. They should focus on those films, not Hollywood’s.’

But others stuck up for the Oscar-nominated film, which took home six gongs last night from the ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House.

The Daily Telegraph’s Robbie Collin ‏said: ‘Gravity wins Outstanding British Film. Hugely satisfying.’

While Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican ‏joked: ‘This just in: It’s ok to accept GRAVITY as a British film & still make jokes about it. Just got this from the Queen herself, so…carry on.’

(Courtesy of metro.co.uk)

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Shepperton Studios film Gravity scoops six BAFTA awards

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Gravity was the big winner at the BAFTAs on Sunday, scooping six gongs including Best Director and Outstanding British Film

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Gravity’s Best Sound winners Glenn Freemantle, Skip Lievsay, Christopher Benstead, Niv Adiri and Chris Munro with presenters Olga Kurylenko and Richard E Grant at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2014

Blockbuster Gravity, filmed at Shepperton Studios, won six awards at the British Academy Film and Television Arts awards on Sunday night (February 16).

The winners, such as director, Alfonso Cuaron, and many of the production team, were based at the Shepperton branch of Pinewood studios throughout filming.

The awards included Outstanding British Film, Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron, Best Original Music by Stephen Price, Sound with Pinewood’s own Glenn Freemantle and also Special Visual Effects.

 

PA Wire/Press Association Images Alfonso Cuaron (left) and David Heyman (right) with the Best British Film Award for Gravity at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2014
Alfonso Cuaron (left) and David Heyman (right) with the Best British Film Award for Gravity at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2014

 

Andrew M Smith, Shepperton Studios director of strategy and communications, said: “Gravity truly deserved all 6 BAFTAs it took home last night, and we’re especially pleased for Pinewood-based winners Glenn Freemantle and his team at Sound 24, who are also nominated for the Best Sound Oscar next month.”

Gravity – which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney – was nominated in 11 categories at the BAFTAs, held at the Royal Opera House.

Speaking to Get Surrey in January, a spokesperson for the studios said: “We are incredibly proud about the nominations and the breadth of recognition in so many categories.

“We are especially proud to say this includes the sound nominations for Glenn Freemantle at Sound 24.”

After scooping the BAFTA, Glenn Freemantle can now look forward to the Oscars next month, where he is nominated for the same award.

Gravity has been nominated for 10 Oscars.

The film is classifed as British due to its filming location at Shepperton and also because director, Alfonso Cuaron, although originally Mexican, is a British citizen and has lived in the country for 13 years.

BAFTA winners:

  • Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director of Producer: Kieran Evans (Kelly + victor)
  • Director: Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
  • Original Screenplay: Eric Warren Singer and David O’ Russell (American Hustle)
  • Adapted Screenplay: Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope (Philomena)
  • Leading Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave)
  • Leading Actress: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
  • Supporting Actor: Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
  • Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
  • Original Music: Steven Price (Gravity)
  • Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity)
  • Editing: Dan Hanley and Mike Hill (Rush)
  • Production Design: Beverley Dunn and Catherine Martin (The Great Gatsby)
  • Costume Design: Catherine Martin (The Great Gatsby)
  • Make up and Hair: Evelyne Noraz and Lori McCoy-Bell (American Hustle)
  • Sound: Glenn Freemantle, Skip Lievsay, Christopher Benstead, Niv Adiri, Chris Munro (Gravity)
  • Special Visual Effects: Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould and Nikki Penny (Gravity)
  • The EE Rising Star Award: Will Poulter

(Courtesy of getsurrey.co.uk)

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Pinewood film company to set up studios in Cardiff

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Pinewood Studios Wales will be based at the former Energy Centre building in Wentloog, Cardiff

The famous film company Pinewood is to set up a new studio in Cardiff.

Pinewood Studios Wales will be based at the former Energy Centre building in Wentloog and will form part of the company’s global network.

The deal was announced on Monday by First Minister Carwyn Jones and Pinewood Shepperton chief executive Ivan Dunleavy.

The Welsh government hopes the 180,000 sq ft complex will generate an estimated £90m for the economy.

“Attracting such an iconic global brand as Pinewood is wonderful news for Wales,” Mr Jones said.

“This high-profile investment is of significant economic value to Wales while the partnership between the Welsh government and Pinewood offers a priceless opportunity to promote Wales as a world-class location for film and television production.”

‘Revitalised’

Pinewood and Shepperton Studios have created more than 1,500 films in more than 75 years, including the James Bond franchise and the Carry On series.

The announcement has been welcomed by Hollywood star Michael Sheen, from Port Talbot, who described the deal as great news.

Aerial view of Pinewood Studios
Pinewood Studios has been the home of James Bond and Carry On films

 

“This is a logical next step, building upon the huge success of the revitalised Welsh entertainment industry,” he said.

“It’s always a precarious business to attempt such a large undertaking, but it points to the confidence, the expertise and the creative spirit of the people of Wales and I hope it can help the country come closer to realising its hopes for the future.”

Brothers and Sisters star Matthew Rhys, from Whitchurch, Cardiff, said it was an opportunity for Welsh talent.

‘Much-needed attention’

“This is more good news for Wales, and recognition of our place on the world stage as a destination for film and television drama production,” he said.

“Pinewood is a massive name in film and it’s great that more of the many talented people in Wales will now have a chance to ply their trade at home. Having a studio like this on their doorstep will also inspire a new generation of actors and film-makers from Wales.”

The sentiment was echoed by award-winning production designer Ed Thomas, whose credits include Da Vinci’s Demons, Doctor Who and Torchwood.

“As someone who actively promotes and works in the industry here, I am continually surprised when I meet producers from around the world who still have no idea of our country’s contribution to film and television,” he said.

Matthew Rhys
Actor Matthew Rhys said Pinewood would create an opportunity for Welsh talent

 

“Pinewood will provide much-needed attention on promoting Wales at the highest level so I welcome the decision greatly.”

Pauline Burt, chief executive of the Film Agency for Wales, said: “A major player like Pinewood is a great neighbour to have, stimulating inward investment and creating jobs, and we are looking forward to developing opportunities together.”

The Welsh government will invest up to £30m into projects brought forward by Pinewood, Economy Minister Edwina Hart said.

Wales has already established a name for itself in television and drama production since the officially opening of BBC Cymru Wales’ Roath Lock studios in Cardiff Bay on 2012. Programmes such as Casualty, the Welsh-language drama Pobol y Cwm and children’s drama Wizards vs Aliens are made there.

Rhodri Talfan Davies, director of BBC Cymru Wales, said Pinewood Studios Wales was “terrific news” for television and movie production.

“Wales has demonstrated over recent years that we can deliver on the global stage, and this news opens up another exciting new chapter in a remarkable Welsh renaissance,” he added.

Pinewood will lease the Cardiff building for a minimum of five years from the Welsh government.

However, it is not the first attempt to create a movie studio complex in Wales.

In 2008, the multi-million pound Dragon International Studios in Rhondda Cynon Taf – nicknamed Valleywood – was partly mothballed after promising to put Wales at the heart of the UK film industry.

Only one film – Ironclad – was shot at the site.

(www.bbc.co.uk)

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Baftas 2014 predictions: who will win, and who deserves to win

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Will it be a clean sweep for 12 Years a Slave? Robbie Collin casts a critical eye over this year’s Bafta nominees

Bafta frontrunners include: 12 Years A Slave; Gravity; Leonardo DiCaprio; and The Selfish Giant

Bafta frontrunners include: 12 Years A Slave; Gravity; Leonardo DiCaprio; and The Selfish Giant

Best Film

Steve McQueen’s slavery drama is both brilliant and significantfor reasons that hardly need be rolled out again here, but voters will have been doubly encouraged by the fact that it is also now a box-office hit. With £15 million and counting in takings in the UK alone, the film has defied those who thought it too tough for a mainstream crowd, and nothing breeds success like success.

Will win: 12 Years a Slave

Should win: 12 Years a Slave

How do you choose between the grand technical prowess of Alfonso Cuarón’s space survival thriller and the lower-key, poetic beauty of Clio Barnard’s social-realist fable? The only solution, which won’t happen, is a dead heat: both sides of Britain’s film industry celebrated in a symbolic shared victory. In the absence of that miracle, Philomena, a smart crowd-pleaser and deserving winner in any other year, will probably take it.

Will win: Philomena

Should win: Gravity and The Selfish Giant (tie)

Best Director

The nominated films are all unmistakably the work of their respective directors, but only Alfonso Cuarón’s feels like a feat of direction, with every frame composed and every camera move guided by its creator’s seemingly all-powerful hand. Voters will also know that Gravity is unlikely to win in either of the Best Film categories: here is the ideal place to recognise it.

Will win: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity

Should win: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity

Best Actor

Matthew McConaughey, the Oscar favourite, is missing here, which makes things immediately interesting. Bafta will probably opt for Chiwetel Ejiofor, whose subtle, layered work in 12 Years a Slave gives McQueen’s tough historical drama its civilising heart. (As one of two nominated Brits, alongside Christian Bale, he also has the home-team advantage.) But an upset could come from Leonardo DiCaprio, a three-time nominee in this category, and on Cagney-channelling, career-topping form in The Wolf of Wall Street.

Will win: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave

Should win: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actress

The ongoing Woody Allen controversy hasn’t dampened affections for Cate Blanchett’s brittle, Blanche DuBois-riffing turn in Blue Jasmine, which has come up in almost every awards conversation since the film’s release last summer. Judi Dench, a long-standing Bafta favourite, could theoretically inch it, but it’s a pity the nominations overlooked three even worthier contenders: Greta Gerwig for Frances Ha, Julie Delpy for Before Midnight and Adèle Exarchopoulos for Blue is the Warmest Colour.

Will win: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Should win: Adèle Exarchopoulos, Blue is the Warmest Colour (not nominated)

Best Supporting Actor / Best Supporting Actress

The most deserving nominees in this year’s supporting categories are a newcomer and a veteran, and both make an indelible mark on the same picture. Michael Fassbender, as the plantation owner Epps in 12 Years a Slave, and Lupita Nyong’o, as his favoured field-girl Patsey, outclass their rivals in two uneven shortlists. (Even the Golden Globes didn’t nominate Oprah Winfrey.) But good sense, we can hope, will prevail on the night.

Will win: Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o, both for 12 Years a Slave

Should win: Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o, both for 12 Years a Slave

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Guardian’s ‘three little pigs’ is the UK’s ‘most awarded film’

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The Guardian’s “three little pigs” ad by Bartle Bogle Hegarty has been named the UK’s most awarded film work in the world in 2013, according to the latest Gunn Report.

The Guardian: 'three little pigs' by Bartle Bogle Hegarty
The Guardian: ‘three little pigs’ by Bartle Bogle Hegarty

Channel 4’s “meet the superhumans” by 4Creative and Dove’s “camera shy” by Ogilvy & Mather London took the second and third places in the film category of the report, which is published this week.

Expedia’s “luggage labels”, also by O&M London, was the UK’s most awarded print work in the world (and also winner of the global print ads category), followed by The Sunday Times’ “Rich List” by CHI & Partners in second position.

Google’s “jam with Chrome” campaign was the UK’s most awarded digital work, and Snickers “you’re not you when you’re hungry” by Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO secured the All Gunns Blazing category, which includes integrated, non-traditional media and Titanium awards.

Globally, McCann Melbourne’s “dumb ways to die” campaign for Metro was the most-awarded campaign in both the film and digital categories.

As in previous years, the US was the most awarded country. The UK, for the first time in 14 years, slipped to number three, behind Australia.

Bartle Bogle Hegarty was the most awarded UK agency in fifth overall. There was a tie for most awarded agency between McCann and Wieden & Kennedy.

See this week’s Campaign for the full results.

(Courtesy of mediaweek.co.uk)

This article is culled from the best industry reporting in UK, London and Great Britain. Black Hangar Studios is a fantastic new film and television studio in the UK located just 40 minutes from Central London (drive or train). Black Hangar Studios boasts one of the largest Stages in the UK at 35,000 sq ft, with a ceiling height of 45 ft. The Studios also benefits from the second largest outdoor water tank in Europe (5,000 sq ft) designed by the Oscar winning Production Designer of Titanic. With room to park more than 250 cars, a series of private roads for driving sequences (no need for road closures on a weekend, with overtime to pay) and a large workshop and ample office space (kitted out, including makeup, shower rooms, green room). Black Hangar Studios even has DVD authoring, DIT cart hire, Generator hire and both Avid (DS) and Final Cut (Studio Pro) suites. For more information call 02077888987 or email info@blackhangarstudios.com or visit our site www.blackhangarstudios.com