London visual effects house Milk working on 24: Live Another Day

Jack Bauer drives the 2015 Chrysler 200 in 24: Live Another Day Episode 7
Jack Bauer drives the 2015 Chrysler 200 in 24: Live Another Day Episode 7

London visual effects house Milk is celebrating their one year anniversary today and sent out a press release revealing that they’re the lead visual effects studio for 24: Live Another Day.

BAFTA award winning independent London VFX house Milk is creating the visual effects for Fox’s TV action-thriller, “24: Live Another Day” – part of its expanding roster of TV and feature projects, as it celebrates its debut year in business.

Milk is working with Fox as the lead VFX studio on “24: Live Another Day” – currently airing on Sky 1 in the UK and around the world – to create a mix of CG and effects work for the heart-stopping series. In addition to the typical action-packed “24” repertoire of explosions, Milk has so far created the CG drones that chase Jack Bauer through London; blood enhancement; effects work including CG water, fire and smoke; explosions and a range of effects to be revealed in upcoming episodes.

Set and shot in London, the 12 x 60′ event series “24: Live another Day” follows the dramatic exploits of heroic agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland). It is the first US drama to shoot in the UK following the implementation of the high end TV tax incentive in April 2013.

Will Cohen, CEO and Founder of Milk VFX said, “We were extremely excited to be asked to be part of a UK “24.” Working on a high profile television show that is chasing transmission is always a challenge but Milk is well set up in terms of technical pipeline and experienced key crew to be able to turn around VFX shots very quickly, at a high standard.”

Here’s a look at some of their work in the explosion-filled seventh episode.

Ian and Margot Al-Harazi fire dronesDrone explosion in 24: Live Another Day Episode 7Jack Bauer dodges drone strikeIan Al-Harazi blows up empty SUV
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So, the people they’ve entrusted with the visual effects have only been in business for a year? Yeah, that’s pretty obvious looking at the shite they’ve done. Heller’s “death” looked like it had been done on a fucking playstation 1 game.

The Blackwell Brothers were truly world class at explosions and effects and NEVER resorted to cheap and tacky CGI if it could be avoided.

I’m just trying to convince myself that they went with CGI because it’s easy to edit out.

Yeh. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE 24 but I thought the CGI was a bit naff as well.

If they handled Simone stabbing Yasmin’s mother, that was extremely horrid, as well as some of the explosions. Some have been nice, however. It’s just inconsistent.

Someday the act of picking up a pencil or opening a door on film will have to be done with CGI.

I remember noticing in the very first episode of the season when Belcheck helped Jack and Chloe escape the CIA Station that the explosion from his grenade launcher looked a bit fake. Ever since then, like Nathan said above, it’s been inconsistent. I actually thought Heller’s ‘death’ looked decent, as well as most of the mansion explosion in S9E05. The chase scenes from Episode 7 looked decent too, as well as SOME of the blood effects, (like the fight scenes from Episode 2 with Basher were acceptable.) Yasmin’s mother being stabbed was shockingly bad, however. But honestly, the CGI doesn’t really matter as long as the plot is good, and for the most part, LAD has had a decent storyline, accompanied by good acting. Look at some of the effects from movies like the original Terminator from 1984. Even though the Terminator skeleton at the end looks awful by today’s standards, that is still one of my top 10 favorite films.

Still, I don’t understand why practical effects are so looked down upon now a days. You would like to believe that today’s kids, (the Michael Bay loving pre-teens) could appreciate a film or show without judging it solely by the quality of the CGI; but that’s just not how it is.

Even though I do agree 24’s CGI has seemed to regress in quality with Live Another Day, I can get over it because I still think this is a really good season overall.

Oh, I’ve loved LAD so far, I’ve just noticed the drop in quality from the Blackwells doing the first 8 seasons (I believe?) to now.

The big CGI set pieces have nearly always been awful in 24. When those 2 planes nearly collided in season 7 it looked like Microsoft Flight Sim with a few of the settings turned down.

July 1, 2014 at 9:02 pm
24: LAD brought to you by Chrysler and these craphole sfx.

I thought the CGI was great, not sure what you guys are talking about. Also RIP Adrian Cross, a misunderstood villain and underused actor,

Felipe Nogueira
July 3, 2014 at 12:58 pm
The images of the drone looks bad since episode 1 of LAD.
And I agree that Wembley’s explosion was very horrible. It just looked so bad, that I did not feel as Wembley have been exploded by terrorists.
24 was much better with CGI in the previous seasons and they were done at least 4 years ago. They should be more careful…