06 February 2020

The Importance of Props in Film

Film & Television
Da Vinci Code Cryptex

What are Props? You may consider the actors or the plot, the costumes or the music the most important elements of a production. However, imagine the experience without props. These are all of the other items, sometimes seemingly insignificant, that make the scene real and believable. On many occasions the props enhance scenes and may…

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17 November 2019

Helen Mirren arrives in our sedan chair for the premier of Catherine the Great

Film & Television
Photographer taking picture of Helen Mirren arriving at the premier of Catherine the Great

We were approached by Sky to design and build a period sedan chair to carry Helen Mirren onto the Red Carpet. The Premier was at the Curzon Street Cinema in Mayfair and they wanted her to arrive in style, carried by four Cossacks. Once the project outline was agreed we had just four weeks to…

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17 November 2019

Giant Gorilla for Burna Boy

Exhibitions & Events
Making the giant gorilla for Burna Boy

In our working life we get a huge number of unusual requests, however, this was our first moving giant Gorilla! We were approached by Burna Boy’s management company, as they were looking to create a truly spectacular entrance for the artist at the start of the UK leg of his African Giant Tour 2019. Their…

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24 June 2019

Stained “Glass” Window Prop

Film & Television Theatre

We were involved in an interesting project recently where we needed to manufacture an enormous stained glass window in the form of a giant map which, for health and safety reasons and due to weight restrictions, wasn’t glass. The completed piece was 2.4 metres wide and 6 metres high. The lead detail on the map…

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15 June 2019

Pirbright Institute – Cheltenham Science Festival

Exhibitions & Events

The Pirbright Institute were running an event for which they needed multiple stations for timed, team events. Each area needed to be an independent task, a scientific problem which needed to be solved. As this was a family event provision needed to be made for children as well as adults. We needed to create games…

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15 May 2019

Giant Flower Props for RHS

Exhibitions & Events

This was our first project with The Royal Horticultural Society and we were very pleased to work with Detail Design Consultants, who were the main contractors. The brief was to create over-sized floral shapes that were highly reflective. These were to be used to decorate the inside of one of the marquee structures which had…

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07 March 2019

A day in the life of a refugee – Davos 2019

Exhibitions & Events
Day in the life of a refugee - Davos 2019

For the eighth year running, we had the honour to be involved in showcasing the plight of displaced people through building an interactive refugee experience. This project was on behalf of the Hong Kong based NGO, Crossroads Foundation. Their intention for this campaign is to bring the plight of refugees around the world to the…

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03 December 2018

Building temporary refugee shelters

Exhibitions & Events
Building temporary refugee shelters

Despite the eviction of the Calais ‘Jungle’ in October 2016 and the Dunkirk/Grande Synthe camp burning down in April 2017, there are still thousands of refugees sleeping rough in the forests in northern France. This desperate situation finds these displaced people living in appalling conditions, some of whom are unaccompanied minors as young as 9…

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20 November 2018

Case study: Fantasy Battlefield Replica

Marketing & Promotion
Fantasy Battlefield Replica

In the computer gaming world, the next instalment of a game is always eagerly anticipated. The project for Sublime Sublime Promotions, a division of Lime Communications, is a leading brand partnerships and promotions agency, orchestrated the big reveal for the latest version of one of the most popular fantasy under-world battlefield video games. Matthew Loader,…

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07 November 2018

One Family UK Charity

Marketing & Promotion
One Family UK

We were delighted to be involved with the charity One Family UK’s campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking. We built and dressed five different scenarios, each of which was a 3-metre square pop-up structure placed in key locations around the City of London. Each display showcased the plight of human trafficking in the modern world, which…

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