13th September 2016


Jenny Burbage
Posted 13th September 2016

London, 12th September 2016: Academy and BAFTA Award winning independent VFX studio Milk has won an Emmy Award for Hartswood Films/BBC’s ‘Sherlock’ at the 68th Creative Arts Emmy® Awards ceremony held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday evening.

The Emmy marks Milk’s third major award of 2016 following studio co-founder Sara Bennett’s 2016 Oscar success for feature film ‘Ex-Machina’ and the team’s third consecutive British Academy Television Craft Award – this year for BBC TV series ‘Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell’.

Milk’s work on ‘Sherlock’ was recognised by the Television Academy for outstanding special and visual effects in a supporting role in ninety-minute Sherlock special episode ‘The Abominable Bride’ alongside special effects company Real SFX.

Milk created over 100 VFX shots for ‘Sherlock: the Abominable Bride’ working closely with Hartswood Films’ creative team: producer Sue Vertue, executive producer and writer Mark Gattis, writer, Steven Moffat and director Douglas McKinnon’s to support their vision for the special episode which is set in both Victorian London and the present day. Milk’s work included enhancing and perfecting Victorian London, Sherlock’s cliff top scene at the Reichenbach Falls and the ‘freeze frame’ sequence in which Sherlock enters his mind palace to dissect a shooting.

Milk’s CEO Will Cohen said: “We are honoured and humbled to have our television and film work recognised right across the 2016 awards season with an Oscar, a BAFTA and now an Emmy Award! It’s a truly amazing way to begin our fourth year in business and testament to the hard work and dedication of our talented team at Milk.

We are very lucky indeed to be involved in such a brilliant TV series and proud to be recognised as part of the incredible, talented Sherlock production team. The success of Sherlock is testament to the skill and artistry of Sue Vertue, Steven Moffat Mark Gattis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Arwel Wyn Jones and Douglas Mackinnon.”

‘Sherlock: “The Abominable Bride’ aired on television and cinemas worldwide on New Year’s Day 2016 including PBS Masterpiece in the USA and BBC One in the UK. Set in 1895 in Victorian London, Sherlock and Watson try to crack an unsolved case.

Milk’s work on Sherlock has also received a nomination for 2016 BAFTA CYMRU Awards. Milk co-founder Sara Bennett’s work was also recognised with an Oscar® for Best Visual Effects at this year’s 88th Academy Awards® when she became the second female ever to win an Academy Award for visual effects.

Milk is currently in production on Warner Bros’ Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, Hartswood’s Sherlock series 4, BBC 3’s Doctor Who spin-off Class, TV feature The Last Dragon Slayer (Sky), children’s series Worst Witch (CBBC/Netflix), Doctor Who series 10, and a second series of Thunderbirds (ITV) for television. Milk recently finished production on Ben Wheatley’s forthcoming feature Free Fire.

Milk opened for business just over three years ago and has in that time created an impressive range of multi-award winning visual effects for TV and films including Sherlock, Doctor Who, Thunderbirds Are Go, 24: Live Another Day, David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D; Ben Wheatley’s High Rise, Ex-Machina, The Martian, Everest, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Brett Ratner’s Hercules, Dracula Untold, and 47 Ronin. Milk has studios in London and Cardiff.


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Jenny Burbage

M: +44 7785 996340

T: +44 (0) 2036978448

Email: jenny@milk-vfx.com

Twitter: @MilkVFX


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