We're a boutique film studio in London, creating original features, providing VFX & art services.

 
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Working with clients in London and internationally in Film, TV & Stage.

ORIGINAL FILMS

Our award-winning films feature beautiful cinematography, striking visuals and a poetic approach to the fantasy genre.

PRODUCTION/on-set

We produce films in-house and support client projects with services in VFX supervision, art, and cinematography.

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VFX & ART SERVICES

From storyboards and pitches visuals to full feature VFX and compositing, we provide powerful artistic backing across a range of media.

In addition to creating top-notch visual effects and artwork for clients, we’re developing our own unique film productions, fueled by stories we’re passionate about.

THE BOOK OF BIRDIE

FEATURE | UK 2017

THE BOOK OF BIRDIE is award-winning fantasy feature film full of religious ferver and hallucination, with an all-female cast. The film is currently represented for sales with REEL SUSPECTS, Paris.

The World Premiere of The Book of Birdie took place at the  prestigious GÖTEBORG Film Festival in January 2017: Scandinavia's premiere film event. The film won 'Best Feature Film' at STRANGER WITH MY FACE International Film Festival in Australia. At FANTASPOA Fantastic Film Festival in Brazil - The Book of Birdie was the featured opening night film in May 2017. 

Next stop: CLOSING NIGHT of Brooklyn Horror Film Fest 2017

OPENING NIGHT FILM: FANTASPOA   - BEST FEATURE FILM WINNER - SWMF


THE WINTER  

FEATURE | UK/GR 2014

Now out on DVD in the USA, THE WINTER/Ο ΧΕΙΜΩΝΑΣ  is an independent feature film, shot in Greece and London. A company project, directed by Konstantinos Koutsoliotas, written with Elizabeth E. Schuch, this visually-driven film earned a nomination for Best Scenography at the Greek Academy Awards.

THE WINTER is a beautiful gem”
— Joao Fleck, Fantaspoa Festival

NEXT PRODUCTIONS

HYPNOS FEATURE | UK IN POST PRODUCTION. A cop thriller with a fantasy twist. Shot on location in the USA. Co-Produced by FANTASPOA PRODUCAO, Brazil.

HYPNOS

FEATURE | UK

IN POST PRODUCTION. A cop thriller with a fantasy twist.

Shot on location in the USA. Co-Produced by FANTASPOA PRODUCAO, Brazil.

MINORE  FEATURE | UK/GR  IN DEVELOPMENT An epic tale inspired by rebetiko music, sea monsters, and spagetti westerns.  Awarded funding by the GREEK FILM CENTER, Co-Produced by INKAS FILMS [gr] and sponsored by FANTASPOA PRODUCAO, Brazil. 

MINORE 

FEATURE | UK/GR 

IN DEVELOPMENT An epic tale inspired by rebetiko music, sea monsters, and spagetti westerns. 

Awarded funding by the GREEK FILM CENTER, Co-Produced by INKAS FILMS [gr] and sponsored by FANTASPOA PRODUCAO, Brazil. 

SIGHTLINES FEATURE | UK IN DEVELOPMENT Thriller set in the backstage of a circus. SIGHTLINES was first pitched at The Attic Lab at Stranger With My Face Int'l Film Festival 2017 in Australia.  

SIGHTLINES

FEATURE | UK

IN DEVELOPMENT Thriller set in the backstage of a circus. SIGHTLINES was first pitched at The Attic Lab at Stranger With My Face Int'l Film Festival 2017 in Australia.

 


PRODUCTION | ON SET SERVICES

WHAT WE DO

With our network of talent, we can provide direction, design teams, and crew for commercials, music promos, shorts, and for independent features.

Client Services on Set: VFX Supervision, Cinematography/ 4K Blackmagic Production Camera and Ursa, Producing, Direction, Design, Edit, Trailers

Clients include: Promos for Wunderman, Magnet Media, School of Thought. UK Feature Films 'Eat Local', 'Tango One', 'Stanley A Man of Variety' and a handful of TV and commercial shoots.

 

VISUAL EFFECTS SERVICES

WHAT WE DO
With an artistic eye, we produce top-notch VFX and CGI for Feature Films, Promos/Music Videos, Idents, Titles, Commercials and more. Our strengths lie with our passions: the dark, fantastical, and the dramatic. Melancholy Star is a studio capable of handling feature-length VFX, and we give added value to commercials, promos, and titles with our unique visual sensibility.

Alien worlds, realistic vehicles and luxury products, unusual creatures, explosions, logo graphics, green screen & tracking services, compositing, set extensions and matte painting: these are just the beginning of what we can provide in house.

The VFX Department is under the supervision of Konstantinos Koutsoliotas, an animator/VFX supervisor and director known for his all around quality, speed, and versatility across a range of media. Kostas brings extensive experience to the table, with a collaborative manner and unbeatable work-ethic. His passion for the poetic and artistic vision sets the tone of all of our work.

2016 MELANCHOLY STAR VFX SHOWREEL

Stylish fantasy sequences”
(on the animation of GamerZ)
— Paul Arendt, BBC

From pre-production concepts to on-set VFX supervision, to the final render for the edit, we can provide services for every step of the filmmaking process.

OUR VFX  SERVICES INCLUDE

  • COMPOSITING

  • Storyboards & Concept Pre-Vis

  • Animation/3D/CGI

  • Set extensions

  • Digital props

  • Digital/CG characters

  • Green screen replacements/ROTO

  • CG Pyrotechnics

  • CG Fluids

  • 2D & 3D Tracking 

  • Matte painting

  • Digital enhancement & corrections

  • Titles, Stings, & Idents

 

 

FEATURE FILMS

MUSIC VIDEO PROMOS

ART DEPARTMENT SERVICES

WHAT WE DO
Our tool belt is packed with award-winning design services for perfecting the creative side of your film or project.

We can help you through Script development stages with Storyboards and Concept Art, then take it further with Production Design and VFX supervision on set, or just add the explosive finishing touches with CGI and post production comps.

The Art Department is under the direction of our in-house designer Elizabeth E. Schuch, who specializes in pre-visualization for 3D, and works closely with the VFX department in the design and development stages.

THE ART DEPT


STORYBOARDS

FROM DRAMATIC SCENES TO OUTER SPACE, AND FROM INSIDE THE BODY TO INSIDE HISTORICAL EVENTS, WE CAN VISUALIZE ANYTHING YOUR IMAGINATION CAN STIR UP. 

We work with you to find just the right style for your project, taking your timeframe, budget, artistic needs and presentational format into account.

Specializing in pre-visualization for 3D, we're known for using unique, hand-drawn storyboard in addition to photo-real.

Work Includes: TV Series 'Barbarians Rising' (October Films/History Channel) ‘Inside the Human Body’ (BBC), ‘Gettysburg’ (Ridley Scott/Scott Free/History Channel), ‘The British’ (Nutopia), 'Supersize Earth' (BBC), 'The Continents' (BBC) and ‘Mankind’ (Nutopia).

PROJECTS WE LOVE:

Feature Film Storyboards, Storyboards for Live Events, Storyboards for Science, Anatomy, History, Drama, Psychological/Difficult Subject Matter, Abstract, Fantasy, Film Pitch Packages,  Script Development, TV, Documentary, Mega-Docs, Factual, Commercials, Promos, Idents, Graphic Novel Styles, On-set Revisions, Revisions during the Edit, Last Minute Miracle-Working

STYLES AVAILABLE

  • Full Colour Watercolour: Rich colour and organic texture. Great for film pitches and concept art. 
  • Monochrome Watercolour: Tinted to suit the scene, or using a single colour tone for continuity. Best for bulk work, or where final grade and colour is still evolving.
  • Pen & Ink/Black & White: Loose and sketchy or bold/clean line. 
  • Pencil: Technical, precise and shaded, or quick and simple sketching.  Monochrome Tint is also available for pencil.
  • Digital Colour/Photoreal: Line work first by hand or fully computerized, with digital background and colour. Fast and consistent in style.  Can incorporate 3D elements.  Full colour, Monochrome, or Black & White.  Realistic, Painterly, or Stylized Finishes available.

CONCEPT ART & ILLUSTRATION

Blending traditional hand-drawing skills with high-level 3D graphics, our concept art is lush with colour and passion, polished and supported by technical know-how. 

Blending traditional hand-drawing skills with high-level 3D graphics, our concept art is lush with colour and passion, polished and supported by technical know-how.  

PROJECTS WE LOVE:

Feature Film Concept Art, 3D Animation Pre-visualization, Concept Art, Pitch & Presentation Art, Monsters & Creatures (anything with tentacles), Script Development Art, Commercials, TV, Historical Illustrations, Period Graphic Recreations, Prop Illustration

 

STYLES AVAILABLE

  • 2D Graphics: Traditional Pencil, Monochrome, Digital Wash, Watercolour, Full Colour Hand-Painted
  • 3D Graphics: Full CGI, 3D composited with live film & photography, Digital finishing & Matte Painting

PRODUCTION DESIGN

Bringing real-world scenes to life for stage and screen, with an eye for architecture, texture and detail. 

As a design-lead company, our in-house art department brings rich visual quality and practical know-how to all of our projects. Production Design and Art Department services are available in association with all of our productions. In our arsenal, we have a network of experienced artists in Costume Design, Hair & Makeup, Puppetry, Props, and Circus/Aerial Arts to pull onto projects as needed. The goal is always to provide the most creative, impressive, intriguing and fitting design on time and on budget, every time.

PROJECTS WE LOVE:

Design For: Feature Films, Film Noir, Fringe Theatre, Underground Circus Events, Mad and Memorable Scripts, Music Promos,, Live Events, Opera, Foreign Features, Photoshoots, Animations, Projections, Installations, Musicals, Dance, Period Pieces

 

ONE OF US! ONE OF US!

Meet the award-winning duo behind MELANCHOLY STAR. 

 

KONSTANTINOS KOUTSOLIOTAS
DIRECTOR | VFX | CINEMATOGRAPHER

Originally from Greece, VFX wizard Kostas has over 15 years experience in visual effects and filmmaking.

 

ELIZABETH E. SCHUCH
DIRECTOR | PRODUCER | ART & DESIGN

Kicking off her career in Chicago, Elizabeth has worked in design and visuals for film and stage internationally.

 

The company is the vision Konstantinos Koutsoliotas & Elizabeth E. Schuch: a creative studio providing top quality VFX, uniquely styled art services, and producing highly visual films - always with an intense passion for aesthetic quality. The beautiful, the fantastical, and the eccentric are always in the forefront of our imaginations, and we foster a creative environment that thrives on collaboration.

Sun of the sleepless! melancholy star!
Whose tearful beam glows tremulously far,
That show’st the darkness thou canst not dispel,
How like art thou to joy remember’d well! “
— LORD BYRON

Officially founding the company in 2011, the dynamic duo have been working together since 2004, on projects spanning commercials, titles, 2D-3D shadow play backgrounds for films, live circus design, music videos, theatre projection, scripts, and other adventures. Both trained in CGI at the Glasgow School of Art, Kostas comes from a traditional arts background, and Elizabeth from theatre design.

Using our network of brilliant freelance animators and associates in music, circus, and theatre, we can provide powerful artistic backing to Film & VFX projects. Kostas’ Greek heritage has given company a vested interest in the stories and cinema of Europe, growing stronger with our first Greek feature film production underway. 

Collaborators

Our studio may be small, but we're agile, with an international network of collaborators we love working with to bring projects to life. 

Theo Albanis
Photography | Cinematography

Dave Kemp
Composer

Sen Na
Sound Designer

Jan Lennon
3D Artist | Designer

Anami Tara
Costumer | Writer

Ana Maio
Props | Puppetry | Art

Iakovos (Jack) Vroutsis
AD | Producer

Alex Frith
Rigging/Stunt Consultant

Wlodzimierz (Kuba) Kossak
Cinematography

 

Please get in touch for more information about our projects, to get a quote, or to discuss a project you’ve got in mind.

 
 
 
 
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9/48 MARLBOROUGH ROAD

LONDON, SE18 6RE UK

 info@melancholystar.com

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Nearest Transport:  Woolwich Arsenal Station for National Rail and DLR.  

Located in the heart of the historic Royal Arsenal Museum District in Woolwich,  we maintain our studio as an oasis of productivity with a view of the Thames. 

 

CURRENTLY SEEKING:

JUNIOR / APPRENTICE STORYBOARD ARTIST

  • Starting June 2017
  • Key qualities: Ability to draw (job requires drawing with speed), ability to interpret text/brief, sense of storytelling, flexible last minute availability, good under deadlines/pressure.
  • You will get on-the-job training, but ability to draw, storytelling and attitude are crucial. 
  • Please only apply using the contact link above. 

INTERN  - PRODUCING

  • Starting June 2017
  • We produce micro-budget feature films. For our next production, we are looking for an intern to bring on to the team.  
  • What you'll learn: The producer will train you in some of the essential basics: scheduling, logistics, and planning of a international film production. We do very few internships, and it is important that our interns learn skills that will be useful in their future. 
  • We look for: Candidates who are smart, hardworking/motivated, with a good attitude.  Must be London-based.
  • Please only apply using the contact link above.