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nineteentwenty Creates Christmas Movie Magic for Sky Cinema

Sky Cinema enlists visual effects specialists nineteentwenty to deliver their Christmas movie premieres in one seamless winter wonderland

nineteentwenty Creates Christmas Movie Magic for Sky Cinema

Sky Cinema’s new Christmas campaign sees their December movie premieres revealed through the windows of a magical advent calendar. The enchanted campaign is led by a 40” spot, which will air on 5th November during Saturday’s X Factor show.

Taking the viewer on a journey from door to door, each revealing a blockbuster title, the new spot is promoting Sky Cinema’s Christmas schedule, which boasts a new premiere every night in December.

Visual effects specialists nineteentwenty were tasked with creating a magical snowy wonderland and the unique advent calendar, with each door designed to match the movie it reveals. Integrating clips from The Jungle Book, The Revenant, Deadpool and Zootropolis, nineteentwenty created a seamless camera move between the movies and their new Christmassy surroundings.

Ludo Fealy, Co-founder and VFX supervisor at nineteentwenty, explains: “This was a great project to be a part of, but like all good briefs – this one presented some unique challenges! One long camera move is tricky in any form, but one that must seamlessly link between cameras and lenses from different movies bought a much bigger challenge. The fact that it all takes place in a fully CG environment is great, as it provides much more freedom.”

Producer Joshua Smith at BlinkInk comments: “We had two amazing teams working all hours in London and Bristol to create this magical world from scratch, and seeing it all come together over the last month has been incredible. We are blown away by the finished result and we could not have achieved this without nineteentwenty’s dedication to the project.”

Chris King, Head of 3D at nineteentwenty, explains the technical aspects of the project: “We were also tasked with designing and building the 24 full CG doors, within a snowy world. It took a huge effort from planning, through previs, concept, design, build, look development, light render and finally to composite. 

“We were rendering trees with over 200 million curves, plus a village of houses lit by around 1000 lights, and all it was possible to get rendered before the tight deadline. The Houdini volume rendering and our ever growing VDB cloud library meant dressing the floating doors with magical misty clouds was possible without overrunning our schedule or render farm.”


Senior Manager Marketing: Sara Thomas

Marketing Manager: Abbey McGhee

Marketing Director: Carli Farmer

Head of Marketing: Rachael Halliday

Advertiser: Sky Cinema

Creative Agency

Planner: Angharad Thomas

Executive Creative Director: Leon Jaume

Creatives: Tom Dixon, Jo Griffin

Creative Director: Simon Robinson

Agency Production: Bradley Woodus/ Joseph Pawsey

Media Agency

Media Agency: Mediacom

Music and Sound

Sound Design: Tony Rapaccioli

Composer: Yellow Boat Music


Editor: Phil Currie

Edit Company: Stitch

Post Production / VFX

VFX Supervisor: Ludo Fealy

Producer: Sally Pritchett

Post Production House: nineteentwenty

Production Company

Production Company: Blinkink

Producer: Joshua Smith

Director: Noah Harris

Category: Publications and media , Tv and radio

Genre: Scenic , Visual VFX