Flipbook reveals hundreds of visual effects it produced for The Worst Witch

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by Stephen Chapman

Flipbook Studio has revealed some of the VFX sorcery it used on CBBC’s latest series of The Worst Witch.

The Manchester company delivered a total of 700 shots for the show, which since its release on Netflix, has become a global hit.

“Securing VFX work at the BBC involved an extensive pitching process that included several key interviews. We figured out some ways to help increase the production value for the flying elements from the last season and presented our ideas for the upcoming scenes,” explained Ben Haworth, Creative Director and Co-Founder.

“There was a remit to build on the success of the VFX from season 3 and with that knowledge under our belt, it helped us plan and develop the effects and magic to achieve even greater heights. We’re really proud to have had the opportunity to work with the BBC once again".  

Flipbook worked alongside an in-house BBC design team as well as the Quicksilver SFX team using practical and digital techniques to correct the scale, realism and impact of the VFX on-screen.

Worst Witch Season 4 - VFX reel

The team explained that to create a ladder of floating CG broomsticks, a moveable rig with a green screen was deployed on-site – drones were then used to provide an accurate sense of height. The team of artists directly placed the CG broomsticks in-shot afterwards to complete the stunt.  

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