A PERIVALE-based special effects company put on a display to mark its 25th anniversary.
Artem staged a show in Perivale Industrial Park, Horsenden Lane South, to give people an opportunity to see how they merge arts and science to create the seemingly impossible.
The award winning group, who's successes include Churchill dog and the giant puppets of Voldemort and Captain Hook used in the Olympics, performed live demonstrations of their most iconic on June 6.
Artem blew up a car, used high speed photography to examine pyrotechnic effects and face casting and encouraged volunteers to take part in their ‘getting shot’ with a machine gun competition.
Mike Kelt, CEO of Artem Special Effects, said: "We gave clients a flavour of what we do. There were different demonstrations given to people from the industry, TV and film commercials. We talked through the things we get up to and what we have to be careful of. It was good fun."
Ealing Common Councillor Jon Ball attended the event due to his involvement in the film industry. He said: “It was an exciting evening and everyone enjoyed seeing the demonstrations. It had a party atmosphere with the addition of special effects. The blowing up of the car was the best bit and the fire cars were also very impressive.
“It’s fantastic that companies like Artem operating in the borough are in the forefront of the film industry.”
Artem Special Effects have worked extensively with production companies, bringing to life whatever they need, whether it is props, pyrotechnics or lashings of rain.
Their clients have included Revolution Films, Pioneer Productions, Big Talk Productions and Flame Television and they are currently working on the props for the stage production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Artem has also worked for many years in the museum and events sectors including Madame Tussauds, Thorpe Park, the Imperial War Museum and Alton Towers, as well as working with household names such as Strongbow, Cadbury’s, Galaxy and Playstation.
Company highlights in 2012 were the involvement in the Olympics and Paralympics opening and closing ceremonies, and creating the famous animatronic dog for the Churchill Insurance adverts.