Upcoming Event: ‘Putting the BOOM in Special Effects’ – Hosted by Artem

Join Us for Our Monthly Lecture & Industry Networking




FREE for All IMIS Members (not a member? find out how to become one here)

£8.00 for Non-Members

£6.00 for Streaming Access ONLY

Event Description:

Come join us as Mike Kelt, CEO of Artem, the UK’s largest permanent physical SFX company,  will talk about the physical SFX industry.  He will:

  • Discussion of how Special FX has changed
  • Show how new technology has revolutionised the business
  • Demonstrate specific examples of recent work, particularly in pyrotechnics
  • During the talk there will be a few demonstrations, and the need for a couple of volunteers!


Don’t Miss the Chance to Meet with Others in Industry and Learn More about Special FX!



About Artem:

Artem was founded in 1988, mainly working on TV physical effects and commercials.  The company grew fast, doubling its workshop space within a few years. Outgrowing their facilities, Artem moved into a purpose-built designed building of 18,000sqft on a local vacant site and opened shop in Glasgow a few years after that, to attract work to Scotland, and service the northern areas of England.

The company now work on a wide variety of projects across a range of business sectors.  From museums and exhibitions, to live events such as the current ‘Take That’ tour or the 2012 Olympic ceremonies, feature films to TV drama and commercials.

Film Credits Include:

  • Macbeth
  • In the Heart of the Sea
  • Hot Fuzz
  • X-Men: First Class
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • The Brothers Grimm
  • Batman Begins
  • Reing of Fire
  • Braveheart





6:30pm (BST) – Pre-Event Networking

7:00pm (BST) – Presentation Begin

7:45pm (BST) – Break

8:00pm (BST) – Interview/Q&A

8:30pm (BST) – Event Wraps Up/Networking


Regent Street Cinema

309 Regent Street




United Kingdom

Mike Kelt is currently CEO at Artem, the UK’s largest permanent physical special effects company.  He works as a supervisor, particularly on films, in Artem’s workshops in London and Glasgow.

Mike has over 38 years of experience in his field and cut his teeth at BBC TV working on such ubiquitous projects as ‘Blake’s 7’, the original ‘Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’ and various ‘Dr Who’ episodes. Working for Artem for the past 29 years, he has been involved in feature films such as ‘Hot Fuzz’, ‘Trainspotting 2’, ‘Paddington 2’ and the soon-to-be-released ‘Foreigner’ starring Jackie Chan & Pierse Brosnan.

In November 2005, Mike was awarded an Honorary PhD by the University of Hertfordshire for ‘Outstanding Achievements in Special Effects at Home and Abroad’. Dedicating himself to the improvement in standards across the industry, he is a member of BSAC (British Screen Advisory Council) as well as the Board of UK Screen Alliance.