REALTIMERS: Sue Land, VFX Supervisor

If there’s one thing we love more than VFX, it’s our team. In our new series, REALTIMERS, we are showcasing the people behind the pixels to see what makes them tick.

This month it’s Sue, who loves a good script and has a photographic memory (which must come in very handy!) 

Name & job title:
Sue Land, VFX Supervisor.

Where do you fit in? 
As a VFX Supe, I am the creative glue between our client and our inhouse crew.

How did you get your start in the industry?
I was offered a 6 week freelance contract on leaving Art School as an Assistant Graphic Designer at Thames TV. I nearly turned it down as I wanted a staff position, but fortunately decided to take it. At the end of the contract I was made staff and stayed nearly 7 years, learning an important life lesson – take every opportunity that comes your way, you never know where it will lead you.

Your superpower? 
I can eat my body weight in chocolate. I wasn’t a natural, it took years of practice.

What inspires you on the day-to-day?
Good scripts and my crew.

My desert island film is:
Apollo 13. I must have seen it 100 times. The VFX have stood the test of time, and if I was stuck on a desert island it would remind me to never give up.

Your soundtrack whilst working:
Apart from the slow tick tock of an ever approaching deadline, that depends on what I am doing. When I am getting into the mindset of a project – silence. Once in the swing of things anything related to the project I am on, sad I know but it keeps me on topic.

If you could work with anyone who? 
Fred Moore and Ub Iwerks. Why? Google them and you will know why.

If not this, then what? 
This was it. No plan B.

The opportunity to work again with some old friends who love what they do and that shines through in everything they do.

People would be surprised that… 
I have a photographic memory, mainly with numbers. Now everyone is going to be testing me!!

Advice you’d give yourself if you were just starting out?
Don’t think about what you can’t do, do what you can do and do it very well.

REALTIME joins RED Production Company for new BBC Drama, Ridley Road

We’re so excited to announce that we are VFX partner on the upcoming Ridley Road, a new four-part drama series produced by RED Production Company (a STUDIOCANAL company), with Producer Betsan Morris-Evans and BAFTA-award-winning executive producer Nicola Shindler (Years and Years, Happy Valley). The series was written and adapted for television by award-winning writer Sarah Solemani (Barry, Aphrodite Fry) from the critically acclaimed novel by Jo Bloom, and was directed by Lisa Mulcahy.

Ridley Road is a thriller set against the backdrop of a swinging sixties London we haven’t seen: an East End world where far right fascism is on the rise. Inspired by the struggle of the 62 Group, a coalition of Jewish men who stood up against rising neo-Nazism in post-war Britain, Ridley Road sees a young Jewish woman, Vivien Epstein, leaving her comfortable life in Manchester and starting to work with them.

When she realises that Jack, her missing boyfriend has been badly injured, Vivien infiltrates the NSM, a neo-Nazi movement which is becoming increasingly prominent in London.  And, as Vivien descends further into the fascist organisation, both her courage and loyalties are challenged.

Alongside invisible VFX work, REALTIME provided on-set supervision with our North West-based veteran VFX Supervisor Sue Land, who was supported in production by Senior Producer Fiona York and Head of Production Jane Forsyth.

Says Executive Producer, Jonathan Rawlinson, “We are thrilled to be working with a local production company in Manchester and feel very lucky to play a part in telling this story, which despite being set over 50 years ago has an important and timely message about the threat of anti-Semitism.”

The series will premiere on BBC One and PBS Masterpiece later this year.