6th November 2018

Milk Completes Production On YouTube Premium’s New Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Origin’

Press release



London, 6 November 2018: Milk – the Academy, Emmy and BAFTA Award winning visual effects studio, known for Adrift, Annihilation and Altered Carbon, has just completed production on YouTube Premium’s new sci-fi thriller Original series Origin.

Milk created all of the 926 VFX shots for Origin in 4K, encompassing a wide range of VFX work, in a four-month time frame. Milk executed rendering entirely in the cloud; allowing the team to scale its current roster of projects, which include Amazon’s Good Omens and feature film Four Kids And It.

BAFTA-nominated VFX Supervisor and Milk co-founder Nicolas Hernandez supervised the entire roster of VFX work on Origin. Milk also supervised the VFX shoot on location in South Africa.

The much-anticipated ten-part series is from Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures Television and Midnight Radio in association with China International Television Corporation (CiTVC). The series, created by Mika Watkins, stars Tom Felton (Harry Potter film franchise, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Natalia Tena (Harry Potter film franchise, Game Of Thrones) and will premiere on 14 November on YouTube Premium.

Milk’s CEO Will Cohen said: The intense challenge of delivering and supervising a show on the scale of Origin – 900 4k shots in 4 months – was not only helped by our recent expansion and the use of the cloud for rendering, but was largely due to the passion and expertise of the Milk Origin team in collaboration with Left Bank Pictures.”

The 10-episode series, from director Paul W.S. Anderson and the producers of The Crown and Lost, follows a group of outsiders who find themselves abandoned on a ship bound for a distant land. Now they must work together for survival, but quickly realize that one of them is far from who they claim to be.

Milk is currently in production as sole VFX vendor on Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s six-part TV adaptation of Good Omens for Amazon/BBC; Four Kids And It – Dan Films/Kindle Entertainment’s upcoming feature film – based on Jacqueline Wilson’s modern-day variation on the 1902 E Nesbit classic novel Five Children And It – for which the Milk team is creating the protagonist CG sand fairy character.

Milk’s recent projects include Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald; Adrift; Alex Garland’s Annihilation (DNA/Paramount); Altered Carbon (Netflix); Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams (Left Bank/Sony/Channel 4/Amazon); The Alienist (TNT/Paramount).


Notes to Editor:

About Milk

Founded by a small team of VFX supervisors and producers in June 2013, Milk has created an impressive range of visual effects work for television and film, winning multiple awards including three consecutive BAFTA Television Craft awards – for Doctor Who (2014 and 2015) and critically acclaimed BBC drama Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2016). Milk won an Emmy in 2016 for work on the BBC drama Sherlock, and in 2016 co-founder Sara Bennett won an Oscar for her work on the film Ex-Machina in the Best VFX Category.

 Milk’s recent projects include Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald; Adrift; Alex Garland’s Annihilation (DNA/Paramount); Altered Carbon (Netflix); Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams (Left Bank/Sony/Channel 4/Amazon); The Alienist (TNT/Paramount).

Other highlights include work on the film Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (2016) for Warner Bros’; Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Lionsgate); Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise and Free Fire; The Martian (20th Century Fox); The Divergent Series: Insurgent (Lionsgate/Summit); Poltergeist (Fox/MGM); Everest (Universal); Brett Ratner’s Hercules (Paramount MGM); Dracula Untold (Universal); Jason Bourne (Universal); 47 Ronin (Universal); Thunderbirds Are Go (ITV); and The Last Dragonslayer (Sky) for which Milk’s VFX work was nominated for a BAFTA Television Craft Award.

Milk recently expanded its premises in London growing its artist capacity to 250. The studio also upgraded its pipeline; with all its rendering requirements – along with additional storage and workstation capacity – now executed entirely in the cloud, allowing full scalability for its roster of film and TV projects.

Milk was named one of the top 100 fastest growing British tech companies in the Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 in September 2017.

In June 2017 Milk appointed Ivan Dunleavy as Chairman and received long-term investment from the Business Growth Fund to develop and expand the business.

Milk has studios in London and Cardiff.

For further information please contact:

Jenny Burbage, Milk

T: +44 (0) 203 6978448     M: +44 7785 996340

Email: jenny@milk-vfx.com

Twitter: @MilkVFX







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