Fylde digital effects studio called in on international TV series

A Fylde digital studio has been called in to produce special effects for a TV supernatural drama.

By Tim Gavell
Saturday, 24th October 2020, 7:00 am
Updated Monday, 26th October 2020, 8:24 am

The team from Realtime, which has its HQ at Westby but also has offices in Manchester, has been hired to work on the visual effects on the second season of Sky One drama A Discovery of Witches.

The second season is being produced by British television production company Bad Wolf.

Realtime has been briefed to create and design a variety of different magic techniques, using a mixture of FX and 2D techniques. They have also designed and animated a hero creature for the series.

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A still taken from A Discovery of Witches

The drama is a TV adaptation of the bestselling novel A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. It stars Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey) and Teresa Palmer (Hacksaw Ridge) and is shot in Wales and on location in Italy.

Jonathan Rawlinson, executive producer at Realtime, said: “We all watched and loved the first series of A Discovery of Witches. It’s great to be working with Bad Wolf on Season two of A Discovery of Witches. We’ve flexed our creature and FX designing skills to help design a truly unique character.

"Here’s hoping our skills stand us in good stead to help create another memorable digital on-screen experience for fans of the series.

“The project comes at an exciting time for Realtime. We are developing a reputation for projects where creativity and literary excellence combine to make compelling TV series. And it’s always a thrill to work alongside partners who share our passion for screen dramas that live long in the memory.”

Realtime is also currently working on The Watch for BBC America.

The Watch is a fantasy police procedural series inspired by characters from Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. Realtime is developing a number of creature and atmospheric assets for the show.

Last year, the firm worked on the BBC adaptation of the 2019 The War of the Worlds. Realtime was a key VFX partner for the production, creating visual effects for the first-ever British television adaptation of HG Wells’ iconic novel.

To meet demand, Realtime has begun a recruitment campaign. It will see the studio become one of the largest in the region, employing a mix of up to 100 full-time and freelance digital artists.

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