Who we are

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Andrew Merlino

smoke & flame vfx artist | director | owner-operator


From idea to final delivery, Andrew enjoys every process.  From script writing, storyboarding, conceptual work & pre-vis, through to directing, editing and final compositing, he combines creative flair with technical ability. This enables him to deliver a high end product for film and television.

Emmy nominated for vfx good communication skills and a passion for his work in the industry for almost 30 years have been his strengths in understanding clients’ needs and requirements on award-winning projects.

Fluent in French and conversational in Italian and Spanish, he has been able to bring his London skill-set to both Paris and Barcelona.

From small to large budgets, all commercials, music videos, tv idents, film and design projects are treated with the same level of dedication and enthusiasm in order to deliver a highly finished product.

Remote and onsite work also available.



director & vfx artist


post production




music videos


broadcast finishing


branding & design




online content

on site & remote

smoke & flame artist

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freelance smoke & flame artist


Emmy nominated with extensive experience in most high end facilities in London (and some in Paris), Andrew has worked on film & tv in all capacities.

editing | offline | online | audio | conform (d.i. | stereoscopic)

compositing | tracking | keying | rotoscoping | cleanups

previsualisation | technique development

look development | grading | beauty work

branding | design | web & online content creation

versioning | reformatting | delivery & publishing

consultancy | vfx supervision | pipeline & workflows | training



final comp

live action & green screen

3d bg & gfx

3d depth pass


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Big & small budgets always get the most from careful planning and vision. From music videos to high performance cars on the track, helicopters or drones, anything is possible with knowledge in post production. Never say “it can’t be done with this budget”!

There’s always a way round it.

creative | pitching | storyboarding | mood boards | styling

planning | previs | animatics | edit | recce

technique | vfx planning , supervision & execution

emotion | passion & energy




original footage

moodboard edit


we are remote

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We are remote


We can work remotely for you.

Just send the project or shots, and when they are done,

we will send them back to you.


In recent years, the need for work to be done remotely has increased massively.

It may be that you need something for your bespoke project, or have some overspill work needed due to a looming deadline, or simply, someone to “help out” on a few shots here and there. Any type of work is undertaken from full projects to cleanups.

With our fast internet connection, files can be exchanged with ease. Sometimes for larger jobs, it is recommended to use a transport drive to keep everything in one place, be it for security or confidentiality purposes.

Some companies specialise in remote work as their selling point, enabling them to match the artist / operator suitable for the job at a fraction of the cost.

The other option of course would be to set up in your office, study or client area with our on site servicePlease get in touch with us should you require this facility.

That way the creative juices are flowing in the comfort of your work space, where bouncing of ideas and working along side others is needed.



we are remote

We are on site

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We are on site


We are able to provide our facilities at any location of your choice.

This cost effective option avoids the need to go “out of house”. We deliver and set up our workstation ready to start your job until final completion. Whether part of a team, or working with a director or creative, this can be most beneficial in practical terms as well as being in the creative environment of your choice.

Short or long form, we are flexible with all your needs and time scale.

The other option would be to working remotelySend us what you need and we can send it back when we are finished. Please get in touch with us should you require this facility.


original greenscreen

on site & remote


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Mastering | Adaptation & Reformatting


Once a project is completed, it may need to be adapted for various platforms. This could include:

Clocked masters for TV station uploads.
New versions and / or cutdowns.
Adaptations for foreign countries.
Pack shots replacement.
Formats for social media.

In order to do this, we can manage the content and all assets needed in an organised pipeline.

Hugo Boss “Summer of Ease”


Beauty work, compositing & reformatting

Landscape 16:9 HD

Square 1:1 format for Instagram

Portrait 9:16 HD for instore display




Pack Replacement & Rebrand


Tracking, Rotoscoping & Compositing

New artwork was supplied in order to replace the existing pack shots in this animation film. Each label on the product was matched in movement, lighting, shadows, blurs, grade etc to mimic the original pack. Grain was added back on top.


pack replacement

Advertising Campaign – ARLA Propertymark

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Advertising Campaign

A multi channel advertising campaign featuring an army of Propertymark members promoting the importance of using a Propertymark Protected sales or letting agent has launched on TV and online.


Schedule and Channels

The advert will appear across popular broadcast channels such as More 4, Home, Good Food, Eden, Discovery, Sky Sports News and Sky Living reaching approximately 30million adult viewers.

Alongside this, digital advertising targeting those in the market using media buying programmatics will appear online as well as on property portals Rightmove and Zoopla. Promotional messaging will also reach listeners of a number of commercial radio channels and viewers of video on demand through Sky Go and All4.


Media channels have been carefully selected to maximise exposure to relevant audiences with adverts scheduled from 9am on Thursday morning showing on a TV channel every few minutes throughout the day for a two week period.Download the TV AdWe strongly encourage all of our members to use the TV advert wherever possible and share on social media. You can download an .mp4 or .mov version of the advert by clicking the download button below or alternatively add the advert straight from youtube to your website using their embed function. More info…

We would like to thank again all our members who volunteered to take part in the filming of the TV advert. We appreciate that walking up and down a hill all day was not easy!




Source: Advertising Campaign – ARLA Propertymark

Red Trees (2017) – Documentary

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Red Trees (2017) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more.

Directed by

Marina Willer

Editorial Department

Scott Hinchcliffe on-line editor
Paul Koren digital intermediate assistant
Andrew Merlino on-line editor
Tom Sugden digital intermediate assistant
Marie Valentino digital intermediate producer
Ángel Zapatero assistant editor

Source: Red Trees (2017) – Full Cast & Crew – IMDb

Stella Artois – Zoetrope

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Producer: Chris Allen
Pre Viz: Chris Maslen
Shoot Supervisor: Tony Landais
Flame lead: James ‘Krispy’ Cornwall
Flame: Alex Gabucci, Andrew Merlino
Nuke: Emre Samioglu, Melissa Yung-Hok, Otis Guiness-Walker

Telecine: Richard Fearon at MPC


Agency: Mother
Producers: Sam Dowling & Charlotte Glennon
Creative Director: Kit Dayaram
Creatives: Jess Reynolds & Chris Vernon

Production Company: 1st Avenue Machine
Directors: Tim Brown and Bob Partington
Executive Producer: Isabella Parish

Source: Stella Artois – CherryCherry VFX

British Council Film: Tied

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If a wound won’t heal between brothers, can they survive?

Year 2012
Type of film Shorts
Running Time 7 mins 37 secs
Director Darren Doherty
Producer Darren Doherty, Klaus Keinecke
Editor Klaus Heinecke
Online Editor Andrew Merlino
Special FX/Compositing Steve Green
Mastered Smoke & Mirrors
Director of Photography Fabio Calascibetta
Colourist Jonathan Lieb

Source: British Council Film: Tied