Glassworks London Director of 2D, Duncan Malcolm, has been announced as the winner of the Autodesk Flame Award 2019. Recently Duncan has used Flame for creative look development and compositing on a number of iconic Netflix Black Mirror episodes, including BAFTA nominated ‘Bandersnatch’ as well as ‘Black Museum’ and ‘Playtest'.
Duncan has been at the top of his game, spearheading the craft and artistry of compositing and creative look development, using Autodesk Flame for over two decades and is the first Brit - and also the first Scot - to win the coveted award. Duncan is a relative newbie in the industry with only 33 years experience under his belt. Since jumping in as a trainee at a production company in early 1986, Duncan has since immersed himself in a full range of production and post-production disciplines. Having previously worked as a camera assistant, sound designer, photographer as well as an offline and online editor, he’s now also started directing. For the lion's share of this time Duncan has established himself as a leading VFX supervisor and compositor and is currently director of 2D at VFX studio Glassworks London.
Keen to promote the insatiable appetite for creativity within the film and television industry, Duncan has recently launched mr-benn.com
as a charity focused platform to exhibit some of the “other art” that continues even after the shows are delivered.
Flame has been Duncans main tool of choice for the last 20 years and in the early days he used it to effectively smash through the most challenging promos and commercials. Since joining Glassworks, Duncan has worked closely alongside the team of CG artists and together with the advancements in CG rendering, he’s used Flame to seamlessly blend computer generated photoreal assets and real life environments to elevate and breathe new life into a dizzying array of high-end commercials. More recently alongside his commercial work, Duncan has used Flame to work closely with the creators and directors of Black Mirror creating look development and compositing on a number of episodes on the award winning Netflix series.
Duncan, together with the Glassworks team, have been involved in seven episodes of Black Mirror, the most recent being the critically acclaimed and BAFTA nominated interactive episode Bandersnatch. Design and creative look development for this episode, together with the epic finale of Season 4’s Black Museum, were created and constructed in Flame. Clayton’s tortured Hologram and the inner consciousness environment, developed in Flame, became integral to the process, pulling strongly on Duncan’s vast experience to create a completely unique look with strong narrative connection to the storyline. Black Mirror ‘Bandersnatch’ has been recently nominated for a BAFTA for Special, Visual & Graphic Effects.