Posted on November 04, 2016
It was an proud, emotional and at time hilarious night for the Affixxius Films team at the Royal Television Society Midlands Awards last night at the National Motorcycle Museum near Birmingham. Ten of the team, along with four representatives from our client Leicestershire Police, travelled the short distance to the awards hoping that one of our three nominations would perhaps turn into an award. We did better than that.
We were delighted to have three pieces of work up for consideration. In the Best Promotional Programme category two films had been nominated - “Kayleigh’s Love Story” for Leicestershire Police and “Hear the Roar” for the Leicester Tigers. The importance of work in our local area has always been celebrated by the Royal Television Society and these nominations were a clear indication of that continuing. In the Best Production Craft category, which celebrates the technical and artistic ability of filmmakers, we were nominated for “Cricket Has Landed 3” for Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club; the final piece of the epic aliens-meets-cricketers story that started with “Cricket Has Landed”, which won the Best Promotional Programme award two years ago.
The Best Promotional Programme award was, thankfully, the first of the evening, meaning the palpable nerves didn’t have much time to settle in. It is customary at awards of this type that clips from the nominated work are played before the winner is announced. It was a notably high standard of entry to this highly-prized award, but the name in the envelope was ours and “Kayleigh’s Love Story”, for Leicestershire Police, collected the award for Best Promotional Programme.
Given the circumstances surrounding the production of the film, based around the tragic abduction and murder of 15-year-old Kayleigh Haywood from Leicestershire, we were humbly honoured that the importance of the message of Kayleigh's Love Story had been recognised so highly by an organisation as prestigious as the Royal Television Society. The hard work and sensitivity of the Affixxius Films team, alongside Leicestershire Police, makes us very proud and we sincerely hope that the award can be yet another springboard for the film and it's message of warning to young people across the UK and the rest of the world.
Suffice to say the wine flowed better with an award on the table! After the dinner break we sat down to listen to the outcome of our second nomination for Best Production Craft. Again the standard was exceptionally high, and a few nervous nods around our table showed we knew we were up against tough opposition. Nevertheless, to our delight, “Cricket Has Landed 3” picked up the award for Best Production Craft.
In particular this was a huge testament to the work of our VFX artist Chaz Wren, supported by the rest of the post-production team and guided by Creative Director Dave Whayman. The technical challenge of Cricket Has Landed 3 cannot be underestimated, including everything from building a digital Sherwood Forest to the motion-capture driven creation of an alien ‘super cricketer’ against whom the brave Outlaws would battle to regain the spirit of cricket. Mixing action, comic-book and sci-fi genre techniques, the film is a fantastic example of Affixxius Films ‘cut loose’ on a project.
We would like to sincerely thank the RTS for their acknowledgement of the work and what was a fantastic evening. I would also like to personally add my congratulations to the entire Affixxius Films team, who should be immensely proud of their achievements. Onward and upwards; see you next year, RTS…