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22/01/16

It’s that time of year again… It’s January, it’s cold and it’s dark.

But there must be a silver lining at times like these!  I’ve been scouring my brain to think of some cheerful stories to share with you about what there is to look forward to.  And, surprisingly enough, a few lovely nuggets of news sprung to mind immediately.

First off, we have the fifth series of Call the Midwife to look forward to! The series kicked off with the Christmas special, for which our various effects included an exploding Christmas pudding. But we have the rest of the series still to enjoy. With projects like this, the purpose of our effects is to bring scenes to life and the challenge is to do so in a way that looks as realistic as possible. This means you might not actually notice our effects at all, but see if you can spot our fires in grates, and our weather and storm effects (mainly wind and a lot of rain!). Then there’s the stuff that most of us probably take for granted when watching a TV series – something as simple as having a bath, for example, involves SFX.

Call the Midwife 

In other TV news, we're looking forward to watching The Day Hitler Died this Sunday 24th January at 10.15pm on ITV, for which we provided pyrotechnics, smoke and fire effects.

The Day Hitler Died

What else do we have to look forward to? Well, for those of us who enjoy talent competitions, The Voice has recently returned to our screens with a brand new panel of judges. We enjoyed building bespoke judges’ chairs, each one reflecting one of the judge’s personalities.

The Voice Chairs

My favourite is probably Paloma Faith’s chair, with its flamboyant feathers and (because - why not?) its pink fluffy kittens! But, then again, I would happily replace my own, standard office-chair with any of these judges' chairs.

The Voice Chairs

But maybe TV isn’t so much your thing (at least, not since the glory days of the 90s – who remembers the Saturday night game show The Crystal Maze?). Maybe live experiential events are more your idea of fun? Well, we can look forward to exactly that with the new Crystal Maze immersive team challenge soon opening in central London, where competing teams can be tested on a variety of personal and team skills. We were approached to build the iconic Crystal Dome based on our previous experience of working for the original Crystal Maze television series, for which we conceived, designed and built the show’s games within the adventure zones.  

Crystal Dome 1 Crystal Dome 2 

Simon Tayler, one of Artem’s founders and a veteran of the original show, Supervisor on the project, said: ‘We’re thrilled to be involved with the Crystal Maze again after so many years. We have enjoyed the challenge of designing a fan system within the Dome that is more self-sustaining than the TV show original – a system that can run up to 32 times a day without any major resetting.’

And if all this still fails to cheer you up – well, why not console yourself with some of the fruits of last year’s labours? Take a trip to the cinema to see Sunset Song, if you haven’t already, or In the Heart of the Sea with our giant whale (...although, in truth, I’m not sure how cheerful these films are!)

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