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Gramercy Park Studios Finishes Stunning Wildlife Conservation Film for Volvo and Sky Atlantic

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The post-production company provides VFX and sound design for Grey London’s ‘The Birdman’, part of Volvo’s ‘Defiant Pioneers’ series

Gramercy Park Studios Finishes Stunning Wildlife Conservation Film for Volvo and Sky Atlantic

Gramercy Park Studios has reunited with Volvo to provide VFX and sound design for the brand’s striking new film ‘The Birdman’. Creatively devised by Grey London, the film is part of Volvo’s Sky Atlantic sponsorship, telling the stories of ‘Defiant Pioneers’ who relentlessly pursue innovation to help change the world. The latest instalment of the series explores the life of Professor Carl Jones MBE, a conservation biologist who has helped to save five bird species from extinction, as well as several other animals and plants.

Best known for his work conserving the Mauritius Kestrel, Carl grew up inspired by the natural world and filled with a desire to help protect at-risk species. Spanning from the Welsh coast to the island paradise of Mauritius, the film both tells the story of Carl’s dedication to species conservation and confronts the damage humans have inflicted on the planet.

Climate change is robbing the world of biodiversity. Yet, despite seeing first-hand the ways in which humans have damaged the earth, Carl still has tremendous hope for the future. Only one species caused the destruction of the natural world, and only one will be able to fix it.

Gramercy Park Studio’s immersive sound design and mix helped recreate the atmosphere of the various environments in the film, adding depth and authenticity to the beautiful sweeping landscapes. The team also handled numerous VFX requirements, including the addition of flying birds, book illustrations, audience comping, and general clean-up.

Mark Beardall, VFX supervisor at Gramercy Park Studios, notes: “We’ve really enjoyed working on Volvo’s Defiant Pioneer series over a number of years. The longer form of storytelling, combined with the beautiful direction, cinematography, and particularly pertinent subject manner has resulted in a series that the whole team can be incredibly proud of. This latest campaign not only captures the imagination but has a sense of hope and positivity that has been missing of late. It’s nice to be part of that.”

This is not the first time Gramercy Park Studios has worked with Volvo for its ‘Defiant Pioneers’ series, previously providing VFX and sound design for ‘Nemo’s Garden’ and ‘Music of the Mind’ in 2017.

‘The Birdman’ is part of a wider campaign from Volvo that will run across TV, VOD, and social in the UK. It is part of a partnership between Volvo Car UK and the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, supporting projects that work to rebuild the natural world. 
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Client: Volvo Car UK

Head of Marketing: Georgina Williams

Marketing Manager: Terissa Wingfield,


Agency: Grey London

Chief Creative Officer: Vicki Maguire

Chief Client Officer: Jeremy Pyne

Account Director: Isaac Hickinbottom

Account Manager: Sarah Maclean

Strategic Planner: Gilliam Caldwell-Dunn

Executive Creative Director of Content: Andy Lockley

Copywriter/Art Director: Andy Lockley

Senior Agency Producer: Rachel (Chops) Amess

Additional Producers: Maxine Hose, Talia Shear

Assistant Producer: India Smith


Production Company: Pulse Films

Director: D.A.R.Y.L

Production Company Producer: Drew O’Neill

DOP: Ben Fordesman

Post Production

Post Production: Gramercy Park Studios

VFX Artist: Mark Beardall

Sound engineer: Zak Kurtha

Post Producer: Annika Gustavsson

Editor: Eve Ashwell @ The Assembly Rooms

Colourist: Matthieu Toullet @ MPC

Post Producer: Edwin Elkington @ MPC


Composer: Tom Player

Music Director: Dom Bastyra @ Wake The Town

Trailer / Idents Editor: Michele Difrancesco @ Town Productions

Trailer / Idents Senior Producer: Callum Johnston @ Town Productions

Trailer / Idents Producer: Dillion Palmer @ Town Productions

Designer: Hue Tarpey

Genres: Drama, Visual VFX, Music & Sound Design, Scenic, Storytelling

Categories: Automotive, Cars

Gramercy Park Studios, Tue, 21 Jan 2020 09:42:47 GMT