Artem Case Studies

Paddington 2 Marmalade Films

 “It was great to work with Artem to produce the SFX for Paddington 2. They built a series of the key models, our complex mechanical train rig and all the onset effects. It was a demanding production which Mike and his team performed with good humour and the results speak for themselves!" 

Tim Wellspring - Line Producer  "Paddington 2"

Artem was very excited to be asked to provide the Special Effects and Specialist Engineering for the upcoming Feature film “Paddington 2.”

Produced by David Heyman ( Harry Potter films , Gravity ) and directed by Paul King (Paddington, Bunny and the Bull) Paddington 2 is an actioned packed family film, loaded with slapstick comedy and a stellar cast of familiar faces such as Hugh Grant, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent and Hugh Bonneville.

This film was a great opportunity for Artem SFX Supervisor Mike Kelt and technicians to showcase the whole range of their skills and experience with production requirements ranging from a marmalade sandwich through to constructing mobile platforms for the train chase sequences that could be positioned within millimeters and had the carriages mounted on them. Artem also had a team of dedicated technicians working on the day to day requirements of the film such as smoke and atmospherics, and manipulating the objects that an imaginary Paddington interacted with during the filming process which included lightweight props, an extendable ladder and Paddington’s iconic marmalade sandwiches. Paddington was added to the scenes in post-production after the filming had been completed.

The majority of the items built at Artem’s West London workshops were required for the Prison, Fairground and the climactic chase sequence on the trains. They constructed oversize items such as industrial washing machines, laundry chutes and an enormous pile of washing which added to the grim surroundings of a Victorian prison. The escape sequence required a “hot air balloon” which was completely handmade from the basket to the patchwork balloon. This was suspended from a crane when used outside and from the studio roof for other shots. Artem also made items for the Midway and a replica steam powered pipe organ for the Fairground. With gilding, moving instruments, beautiful carved figures and over five hundred lights, it was truly magnificent.

The climax of the film is a frantic train chase which required the carriages to move forwards, backwards as well as move towards and apart from each other as actors and stunt performers run, jump , and , fight on and between them. Artem designed five mobile platforms with large electric motors and controlled by a bi-directional radio link. The platforms were fabricated and fully tested at Artem’s workshop and then transported to Leavesden Studios in London for filming.  For ease and flexibility of filming the construction department built each carriage differently on each side so they could be could be rotated around their axis, or their position changed to represent a different section of the train which meant that the Artem team needed to ensure that each platform could be rotated with the carriage mounted on it, or completely repositioned in the line of carriages as the filming process dictated. Each carriage and platform weighed approximately six tonnes and turning and repositioning them was accomplished quickly and safely by an ingenious removable pivot and the modular and flexible control system

Industry
  • Film
Discipline
  • Animatronics
  • Atmospherics
  • Electronic Design
  • Mechanical Rigs
  • Models & Miniatures
  • Props
  • Pyrotechnics & Fire
  • Sculpture
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