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Read All About It – Bringing Special Effects to the Bottle Yard studios in Bristol

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We have some very exciting news to break in the New Year!

Following our expansion into Wales in 2017, MTFX have acquired new premises at the Bottle Yard studios in Bristol.

A comfortable meeting space, offices and storage mean we can provide even more ingenious Special Effects in Bristol and The Southwest and get closer to our valued customers.

In our 25 years as an internationally renowned Special Effects Company, Bristol and The Southwest has always been an important hub for many of our projects. We are one of the biggest local providers of Snow, Pyrotechnics, Wind, Rain, Fire effects and everything in between.

We’ve been a part of many ingenious productions at The Bottle Yard such as Poldark and The White Princess including this Ingenious Snow Scene we created for Sky One’s Trollied.

If you’ve got a TV/Film production at the Bottleyard, Bristol or in the Southwest – Get in touch!

Read All About It – MTFX at The Showman’s Show 2017

MTFX had another fantastic year promoting our Ingenious Special Effects at The Showman’s Show.

Matthew and Tom met loads of exciting people from the Outdoor Events Industry.

We exhibited our Ingenious Snow Range by Crafting a stunning Trade Stand using ouroutdoor artficial Snow Effects such as our Snow Underlay, laid over with our Bio Degradable Fake Snow Paper Snow Standard and our Ingenious Tree Waxing Machine to decorate our Christmas Trees with an Ingenious Snow Wax effect.

We also had our Snow Mini Foam Snow Machine for special demos controlled by DMX from the safety of our Chalet, catching people by surprise!

And our Showstopper the MTFX Smoke Bubble Machine, an Ingenious concept creating a high adjustable output of up to approx. 6000 smoke filled bubbles a minute.

To find out more about our Ingenious Indoor and Outdoor Snow Special Effects, our Snow Machine Hire or our New Ingenious Smoke Bubble Machine for your events. Contact MTFX today!

Read All About It – Ingenious Earthquake Chair

MTFX had the Pleasure of working with our Ingenious clients to provide a range of Special Effects for Gamescom 2017, an annual gaming fair held at the Koelnmesse in Cologne.

Alongside our Ingenious Technicians, Company Director Mark was there to provide Confetti, Streamers, CO2 and Spark effects as well as a really exciting project – the Earthquake Chair to create an immersive gaming experience live on stage to promote Omen gaming machines by Hewlett Packard.

The Earthquake chair was a bespoke build by MTFX from scratch.

Using a set of fully controllable High Tech Pneumatics, we lovingly constructed the seat liaising closely with the client to match their specs from prototype to final product. We did this by creating video content in house which was shared by email to ensure that we got really helpful feedback from the client.

Check out the Ingenious video case study here.

Read All About it – Hair Raising Van De Graaff Generators

As part of our HVFX Brand we’ve got some rather Ingenious, Hair Raising Electrostatic Effects!

Our Van De Graaff Generators are the perfect attraction for your Show or event. We’ve used them for a huge range of clients over the years from Music Videos to Science Fairs, Parties, TV adverts, Performances and more!

"What’s a Van De Graaff Generator?”

A Van de Graaff generator is an electrostatic generator which uses a moving belt to build up very high amounts of electrical charge on a hollow metal globe most commonly used to make peoples hair stand on end.

Our highly skilled technicians will not only come out and operate the devices for you - keeping everyone safe whilst creating the optimum effect, but are also on hand to discuss your needs and requirements prior to your booking.

Contact Us Today to find out more.

We don’t just do Van De Graaff Generators; we have a wide range of High Voltage Effects from magnificent Tesla Coils, to Plasma Balls and more. Check out more of our High Voltage Special Effects Here.

Read All About it – MTFX VW Wind Machine - The Face Lift!

Our 48” VW Wind Machine has been a part of the MTFX Family for many, many years and was starting to look a bit “weathered”. *Pause for laughter*

It has done us well on many jobs over the years working with some big names in adverts, film & tv, events and more creating some ingeniously adverse weather conditions:

Ford

Bulmers

We decided to give it the special treatment and have a full face lift, we are so pleased with the results.

New Features include:

  • A shiny new double wheeled trailer with handbrake for stability
  • The mesh size has been reduced, the external frame increased to give us a better air output
  • Stabilisation legs have been added to help operation at any angle
  • The balance points have been improved and the slew ring upgraded.

We are so proud so gave the VW its very own launch video:

To see our full wind range click here!

Read All About it – Confetti Effects for Formula 1!

MTFX Recently worked at the British Grand Prix providing a wide range of Confetti Special Effects using Blowers and Cannons.

The client wanted to create a spectacular moment for the Podium at the end of the main race.

Using 4 of our Large Master Blasters to create a ginormous shower, as well as one big hit on cue using 8 of our Double Barrel Confetti Cannons operated by 5 Ingenious Technicians we nailed a perfect cue as the traditional spraying of Champagne commenced.

Champagne!!

Perks of the job!

Double Barrels Primed and Ready by the Podium

“Flight Cases on a Double Decker Bus? – No Problem!”

Tom and Matthew had to do the last leg of their load-in on a bus! Always up for an adTom and Matthew had to do the last leg of their load-in on a bus! Always up for an adventure!venture!

Read All About it – New Gender Reveal Confetti and Streamer Cannons & Some lovely feedback!

Gender Reveal Confetti Cannons are now available to be filled with Metallic and Tissue Streamers! Click here to buy.

“What on earth is a Gender Reveal Confetti Cannon?” you may ask - Click Here to find out!

MTFX Handheld Confetti Cannons are an easy and cost effective disposable method of creating a spectacular confetti launch. These ingenious launchers fire from 5-12 meters depending on model and can be filled with a range of confetti and streamers.

We take the time and care to assist our customers with arranging their spectacular moment and recently had some wonderful feedback from one of them:

“Just wanted to say a big thank you for your advice and the ease we had ordering from you. Very impressed with the confetti cannon, couldn't believe how simple but effective it was. We will definitely be recommending you to our friends.” Abi P.

Abi and her other half used this spectacular 50cm Cannon to create a beautiful, different moment revealing their baby’s gender not only to their friends and family, but also themselves! They asked their scan technician to hand them one of two coloured cannons with a temporary label removed, keeping the surprise till their party!

All of our confetti products can be purchased from www.MTFX.com/Shop on a next working day delivery when ordered before noon!

Read all about it – Musical Tesla Coils

The Brightarcs Musical Tesla Coil is a highly advanced Tesla Coil which can be programmed to play music. Set up to work with a wide range of options from keyboards to programmed tunes and melodies, this uniquely Ingenious effect will amuse, wow and entertain for hours!

Such an unsual effect can be incorporated into whatever you desire! Concerts, Museums, Shows, Theme Parks are just a few on the Ingenious ideas list.

Crank up the volume and wow your colleagues with this Ingenious Jam Session.

New Artificial Ice Effects – Read all about it

We have some new additions to our increasingly popular Winter Effects range. Alongside our Ingenious Fake Snow, Snow Blankets and more – we sell a lot of Fake Ice Products including Ice Cubes, Icicles and Ice Rocks. Perfect for Photography, Visual Merchandising and More!

For 2017 we have some new Ice Shapes in Stock! Introducing…

Visit the Snow Section of our Shop to explore more Ingenious Winter Effects.

Creating Bespoke Effects for Events and Attractions– Read all about it

At MTFX we love a project! Something that we can really get our teeth into that challenges our ingenuity!

Whether you want to create a unique visual special effect for a VIP party, or create a spectacle for a ride or a display at an attraction – we can help!

One of our favourite most recent projects was a VIP Party we worked as part of the Cannes Lions Festival.

In the Test Field, we built two huge 1.2mtr Indian Fire Bowls with LPG flames that were to then be shipped to France then installed supervised and operated by our Ingenious Technicians.

The bowls were floating as an installation in an Infinity Pool and the results were spectacular!

We also create and maintain bespoke permanent fixtures at theme parks, museums and various other attractions around the world.

We have worked many big named attractions on unique builds that use Mechanical, Tesla Coil and Flame Effects.

If you have a vision, why not contact us to discuss today.

MTFX New Wales HQ – Read all about it

MTFX have proudly opened a new office in Wales!

As a UK Based Internationally Renowned Special Effects Company, we are so proud to have worked on many Ingenious Welsh Productions and recognise the importance and value of the Welsh Film, TV and Events industry.

The significance of the Welsh Film/TV industry has been internationally recognised and especially in UK Government.

Wales is an amazing centre of creativity. The Welsh broadcasting market reflects everything from S4C’s Welsh language provision to news and current affairs programmes and the ever-expanding range of high-quality drama and entertainment formats." Steven Crabb – Secretary of State for Wales.

With such a booming TV and Film and Events industry, not to mention some of the incredible venues such as The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Caerphilly Castle, The Liberty Stadium Swansea, Cardiff Castle, Cardiff Motorpoint Arena. Also the countless sporting events we have attended including 6 Nations Rugby. Working in Wales has always been an exciting prospect to us as a company.

Our value in the Welsh market has been recognised across the board working with BBC Wales, S4C and more. Here are some of the Welsh productions we’ve been a part of to name a few:

TV/Film/Advertising

  • Tidy – Stella
  • BBC - Casualty
  • BBC - Dr Who
  • BBC - Pobol Y Cwm
  • BBC – Requiem
  • BBC – Torchwood
  • BBC – Being Human
  • BBC – Young Dracula
  • BBC – Tracy Beaker
  • S4C - Rownd A Rownd
  • S4C - Cowbois ac Injans
  • S4C - Nadolig Bryn Terfel
  • Starz – The White Princess
  • Twin Town
  • Land Rover
  • Manic Street Preachers at Cardiff Castle
  • Manic Street Preachers at The Liberty Stadium
  • Cardiff Blues
  • The 6 Nations

That’s why we have decided to invest in a new office just outside of Cardiff. This enables us to spend valuable time getting to know our Welsh clients, providing a new comfortable and welcoming facility where we can run our business and meet with customers new and old.

If you’re a Welsh based production company why not give us a call or send us an email? See our Contact Us Page.

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Read All About It – Bringing Special Effects to the Bottle Yard studios in Bristol

We have some very exciting news to break in the New Year!

Following our expansion into Wales in 2017, MTFX have acquired new premises at the Bottle Yard studios in Bristol.

A comfortable meeting space, offices and storage mean we can provide even more ingenious Special Effects in Bristol and The Southwest and get closer to our valued customers.

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