LONDON — Mill Film, the f/x house fronted by Ridley and Tony Scott, has acquired Magic Camera, the U.K. facility best known for its miniature modeling.
Acquiring the indie, which consists of two businesses — the Magic Camera Co. and The Magic Model Co. — boosts Mill Film’s internal capability to all aspects of film f/x with the exception of animatronics.
Ridley Scott said the reason for the move was “to develop Mill Film as the pre-eminent visual effects house in Europe, a company that, creatively, is an absolute match for the best companies in the U.S.A.”
Magic Camera is conveniently located at Shepperton Studios — which is also fronted by the Scotts — outside London. Its founding partners, Roger Lofting, Antony Hunt and Jose Granell, will continue to run the company. Past credits include “Lost in Space,” “The Avengers” and “Goldeneye.”
Despite a general slowdown in the U.K.’s f/x biz, Mill Film, which is co-owned by the Scott’s Shepperton Holdings and the TV post-production house the Mill, is currently working at capacity, producing shots for the “Babe” sequel, “Babe in the City,” and Tony Scott’s “Enemy of the State.”