We’re pleased to be able to share the news that The Lighthouse took home a BAFTA Cymru 2017 award, winning the Special And Visual Effects category. We were up against some stiff competition (BBC’s Sherlock and the film The Chamber) so having our hard-work recognised and rewarded by the members of BAFTA has been especially pleasing to everyone involved.
The Lighthouse was made as a part of the FFCW / BFI / BBC Films’ Cinematic Scheme with a production budget of just £300k. With around 400 VFX shots needed to complete the film, the team had to pull out all the stops to be able to deliver The Lighthouse on time and under budget. The team at Dogs Of Annwn decided early on that the most cost-effective means of working would be to do all this work in-house.
From the very get-go, planning how the film would be shot was of vital importance to our ability to create the VFX for the film. Utilising established Green Screen techniques alongside imaginative compositing and grading workflows the team crafted the highly stylised look of the film under the direct supervision of the film’s director Chris Crow.
The Lighthouse was nominated for five awards in total, and a number of people involved in the film attended the awards ceremony at St David’s Hall in Cardiff including the director Chris Crow (nominated Best Director), the producer David Lloyd, actors Mark Lewis Jones (nominated Best Actor) and Michael Jibson, editor John Gillanders (nominated Best Editor), Alan Morse (VFX team) and Director Of Photography Alex Metcalfe (nominated Best Photography and Lighting: Fiction).
The team would like to thank everyone involved in bringing the film to the screen, including Ffilm Cymru Wales, The BFI, BBC Films, S4C, Thunderbird Releasing, Edicis and all those that dedicated their time and skill to the film. This award is for all of you! We’d also like to thank BAFTA Cymru for an excellent night and their ongoing commitment to Welsh media talent – Cheers all!