Vine FX has received Bafta nomination

We are very pleased to announce that Vine FX has been nominated for a BAFTA Craft Award 2021, for our work on War of the Worlds, Urban Myth Films/FOX.
Congratulations to Michael IllingworthPedrom DadgostarOliver MilburnLaura Usaite and the team! We are over the moon #BAFTATV #baftaawards2021 #BAFTAS

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Vine FX talent celebrates International Women’s Day


In celebration of International Women’s Day, Vine FX is highlighting the eleven female professionals currently working for the studio. According to a survey conducted by UK Screen Alliance in 2017, women in the Visual Effects Industry were underrepresented – making up just 27% of the overall workforce. However, the same report revealed one department bucking the trends – with Production Departments composed of 60% women! Whilst Vine FX respect and celebrate all genders, today’s article shares a little more about the female employees working for Vine FX.


Vine FX delivers seamless VFX for BBC’s The Serpent

The Cambridge-based visual effects company announced their delivery of 500 shots for The Serpent, BBC One’s new eight-part mini series.

Vine FX has announced their delivery of 500 shots for The Serpent, BBC One’s new eight-part mini series. Filmed in Thailand and the UK, The Serpent takes inspiration from real-life events of infamous French fraudster and serial killer Charles Sobhraj (Tahar Rahim), and stars Jenna Coleman as accomplice Marie-Andree Leclerc.

In a BBC interview, Lead Director Tom Shankland recalls how camp-fire stories were shared of a Frenchman, rumored to be at the heart of multiple disappearances of fellow travelers. Meticulous research was conducted in order to remain truthful and respectful to the recent historical past. Writer Richard Warlow scripted the series with Toby Finlay and it was co-directed by Hans Herbots.


The Cambridge-based VFX facility has shared news of a double promotion with a new Head of 3D, and Head of 2D.

Cambridge based VFX studio, Vine FX announce the promotion of two of their supervisors as the company continues to strengthen its creative offering.

Pedrom Dadgostar is now Head of 3D and Ezequiel Villanueva Head of 2D, the pair are leading their respective departments as well as managing the balance of artists based at the facility and Vine’s remote working crew.

An experienced 3D Supervisor, Pedrom’s career began at Bandito VFX before a three-year stint at MPC Advertising where he worked on a selection of high-profile and award-winning commercials including Ridley Scott’s Hennessy: The Seven Worlds and Channel 4’s 2018 trailer for the Great British Bake Off.  Since joining Vine, Pedrom has been instrumental in the growth of the 3D department, producing outstanding work, most recently, on War of the Worlds, season 1.



The Cambridge based facility delivered 500 shots for the Fox episodic drama with their established pipeline of in-house and remote artists.

Cambridge based VFX studio, Vine FX announced today their involvement as sole VFX vendor on War Of The Worlds, the eight-part drama based on the H.G.Wells classic, for Fox and Canal+.

Set in present-day Europe, War Of The Worlds was written and created by the BAFTA award-winner Howard Overman, with Executive Producers, Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps. Vine FX have a long history of working with this trio, following on from their work on Merlin, Atlantis and Crazyhead.


Vine FX Expand Their Cambridge Studio

Vine FX is delighted to announce their expansion into a new 2,000 sq ft VFX studio, doubling their capacity to 30 artists.

The only VFX house in Cambridge working in TV and film, Vine FX has proven that there is a lot more to the UK VFX industry than the facilities in Soho – traditionally the home of high-end post-production.  

Vine FX was launched 12 years ago by VFX Supervisor Michael Illingworth, starting life in Soho before relocating to Michael’s home town of Cambridge in 2016.  The move being made possible with technological advances like faster broadband and improved remote viewing tools.


Vine FX helps to create the world of Patrick Melrose from their new home in Cambridge


Bafta-nominated visual effects company Vine FX has more reason than most to celebrate Patrick Melrose, the Sky Atlantic mini-series. Based on the novels by Edward St Aubyn, Benedict Cumberbatch takes the leading role in this skillfully adapted show, which has triumphed with 5-star reviews. Some of the shows most iconic scenes including the creation of New York famous skyline and a CG gecko feature amongst the work of Vine FX.


Vine FX features in The Evening Times

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Vine FX, who is based in Cambridge, created New York’s famous skyline in scenes featuring iconic Glasgow locations to add to the authenticity of the new series, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch.

Read More in The Evening Times

Vine FX continues its journey in Cambridge


“If we did our job well, no one knows anything about us,” explains Vine FX’s founder and visual effects supervisor Michael Illingworth, who’s offering a peek behind the veil, not just to the work he’s done on films but also on TV adaptations including Atlantis, Troy and – starting on May 12 – the Sky Atlantic mini-series Patrick Melrose, starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

Read more in Cambridge Independent

Experienced Compositor needed


We are looking for an experienced compositor to join our Cambridge team. Please send your applications to A minimum of 5 years experience is needed and you will be required to work in Cambridge.

Crazyhead – VFX Before & Afters reel

Crazyhead is a brand new comedy horror series created and written by Howard Overman airing on E4 and Netflix. Vine FX delivered over 750 VFX over six episodes including demons & CG Environments.

Check out some of our great work…

Vine FX Nominated for a BAFTA



We are delighted to announce that our work has been nominated for a British Academy Television Craft Awards in the Special, Visual & Graphic Effects category.


Before and after VFX breakdown reel

Atlantis Series 2 – Episodes 1 & 2 VFX from Vine FX on Vimeo.

Cyclops VFX breakdown

Atlantis Series 2 – The Cyclops from Vine FX on Vimeo.

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The Grey Sisters


Atlantis series 2, Ep6/13: Vine FX delivered 111 vfx shots for this episode including CG Stymphalian birds and movement to the Grey Sisters eye.


Merry Christmas

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Best wishes, Vine FX xx

Christmas Party 2014

This years Christmas party was held at The Carpenters Arms, Fitzrovia. The food was superb and there were plenty of Drinks.

The Day of the Dead


Atlantis series 2, Ep5/13: Vine FX delivered 106 vfx shots for this episode including a CG Necropolis, arrows, black “dead eyes” and magical healing effect.


Marriage of True Minds


Atlantis series 2, Ep4/13: Vine FX delivered 172 vfx shots for this episode including a CG Necropolis, palace courtyard, arrows and 3D flying sword.


RTS Craft & Design Awards 2014


The RTS Craft Awards 2014, spread over 25 categories, recognise the huge variety of skills and processes involved in programme production, from editing to lighting, and costume design to digital effects.

Vine FX’s work from Atlantis series 1 episode 1, was nominated for the Digital Effects award.



Atlantis series 2, Ep3/13: Vine FX delivered 94 vfx shots for this episode including a cg amphitheatre and crowd.


A New Dawn: Part Two


Atlantis series 2, Episode 2/13: Vine FX delivered 190 VFX shots for this episode featuring entirely CG battle scenes and a CG modelled and animated Cyclops.


A New Dawn: Part One


Atlantis series 2, Ep1/13: Vine FX delivered 158 VFX shots for this episode, featuring an entirely CG battle scene, a flying dragon-like Harpie, and a Cyclops. The first of a two-part episode sees Ariadne as queen at war with her old adversary, Pasiphae.


Vine FX’s work behind the scenes on Atlantis series 2

Breaking down the shot: digital matte painting for the background, moving water below, matchmoving the bridge, building a 3D rope bridge, and a dynamic simulation on the slats as they hit the opposite cliff and tumble down.

Atlantis series 2 Trailer

As Atlantis stands on the brink of collapse, the struggle for power is bloody and brutal. There is only one person Ariadne can turn to for help; Jason.

Vine FX is Finalist for Achievement in VFX for TVB Awards 2014


Vine FX was nominated for VFX award for the inaugural 2014 TVBAwards, which celebrates the excellence in Capture, Workflow and Delivery of live or recorded broadcast TV content.

Vine FX awarded all the VFX work on the second series of Atlantis


Vine FX has won the contract to provide exclusive VFX for the second series of BBC drama Atlantis.

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