The Mill, the leading London post-production house, has poached five
senior creatives in a dramatic defection of talent from the rival firm,
The five, who have all done ground-breaking work in graphics and digital
film effects, will set up an associate company to work alongside the
The defectors are Cel’s top three Henry editors, Rob Harvey, Tim Burke
and Karl Mooney, the head of 3D animation, Grahame Andrew, and a senior
motion control cameraman, Malcolm Wooldridge.
Together, the team has been responsible for work including the Guinness
‘chain’ commercial, and a highly acclaimed series of idents for both
BBC1 and BBC2.
Robin Shenfield, the managing director of the Mill, commented: ‘We are
intent on adding a whole new pool of talent to our business, by bringing
in a team of people who have effectively exploited the developments in
motion control and computer animation.’
Burke said: ‘At Cel, we have developed an effective way of working
together, and established a good client base, but it is time to move
on. We will be able to offer the same service at the Mill, but we will
have a better back-up.’
The Mill will keep the five intact as a team, and is in the process of
developing new premises next to its current offices in London, to
accommodate their arrival some time in May. The new division will have
its own name, yet to be decided.
Shenfield said: ‘We will be providing big company back-up to what is,
essentially, a small new company. The Mill will remain focused on
commercials, but movie effects and television graphics are exciting new
strands to our business.’
At Cel, the team had a strong existing client base, including the BBC
and the production company, Spots. The team hopes to continue these
relationships, as well as working with clients of the Mill.