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The BTAA Awards 2008: The Fellowship Award - The Mill

It's difficult, now, to remember what a post-production facility looked like before 1990. When The Mill opened, everyone's first comment was concerned with the size of its reception area; a two-storey feature that remains to this day.

Behind that, though, a company had begun which was to make a huge impact on post-production in the UK and around the world. Launched at the very beginning of digital technology, some of its first work tested that early equipment to its limits and in the case of films such as ICI "river" and "swimmer" for Levi's, delivered images which still excite. After a beginning like that, other visually complex films were post-produced in The Mill - Smirnoff, "message in a bottle" Dunlop "unexpected", Volvo "photographer", Nike, "good vs evil", BBC "Perfect Day", PlayStation "double life", Levi's "twist", and Honda "cog" - are examples of thousands of others.

The Mill has a history of working with the industry's finest directors and it is they who vote it the number one facility in the Televisual poll, proving it still has the creative edge on some competent competition in an very busy market.

Now based in Los Angeles and New York as well as London, it has also spawned "mini-Mills" within agencies, and the internationally acclaimed BEAMTV.

Along the way, it has also found a unique use for a London facility house reception area. The exhibition of the Oscar - it won for the Ridley Scott-directed movie Gladiator.

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