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.


Exciting New Member Discounts

Hey guys,

We’re pretty happy to announce that being a member of IMIS now comes with a series of discounts to popular products and services.

If you are a member, head over to the Members Section and then Discounts.

Wait, you’re not a member yet? Better get on that. Become a Member Today

Check below to see the ones we have lined up.  We’re working hard to partner with other groups to provide more discounts.  Stay tuned.


Come See Us at the BSC Expo and BVE!

Hey everyone!

IMIS is proud to be a partner of the BSC Expo at Battersea Evolution on 3-4 February,Booth 232.  We are also partners for BVE at the Excel Centre on 28 February – 2 March.

If you are interested in joining or curious to see what we’re up to, come check us out.

Instant Replay: To Immersive Audio and Beyond: New Experiences in Broadcasting

Welcome to our new series where we will have an instant replay of our events.  First up, our event from the 22nd November 2016, our annual Bernard Happe lecture: ‘To Immersive Audio and Beyond: New Experiences in Broadcasting’

Most people are now aware that a richer TV experience is on its way with manufacturers offering more pixels, more frames, more colours, blacker blacks and whiter whites. However we all know that at least half of the TV experience is what we hear, so in this lecture a team from BBC Design and Engineering explore why we should also expect a better audio experience and how we think it will be delivered.

Simon Tuff is one of the BBC’s principal technologists, specialising in audio. He’s been an audio enthusiast since he started making mix tapes as a teenager and found his way to the BBC after reading electrical and electronic engineering at Bradford University and short spells in the defense and computer industries. Simon’s now part of a BBC wide team,  working with industry, to develop, standardise and implement the next generation of audio technology, which he hopes will create more creative possibilities and deliver a better audience experience.

Chris Baume is a Senior Research Engineer at BBC R&D in London, and the BBC lead for the Orpheus project. His research interests span a number of areas including semantic audio analysis, interaction design and spatial audio. He is currently developing next-generation audio production tools as part of his PhD research at the University of Surrey. Chris is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the BBC’s audio research group where he leads the production tools work stream.

Chris Pike is a Senior Scientist in the audio research team at BBC Research & Development, as well as being a PhD candidate in the Audio Lab at the University of York. He leads BBC R&D’s work on spatial audio for broadcasting and virtual reality.

Weekly Recap

Hey everyone!

It’s been a heck of week. We announced last Monday our rebrand as the International Moving Image Society and boy has the response been exactly what we hoped for. We’ve received many emails, messages, and comments about the positive change and our way forward. Thank you so much for validating all of our hard work.

Just as a reminder: We have a FREE event in London on Tuesday, 22nd November on Immersive Audio for the future of the industry. Special guests from the research team at the BBC will be presenting and giving a demonstration. We’re excited to learn more about it and we think you will too!

We are still getting our line-up of events for the rest of the year together and will have that for you shortly.

In the meantime, have a look at our wonderful articles, videos, podcasts being developed on the Blog.

Stay fresh and keep learning.

The BKSTS Relaunches as the International Moving Image Society

London, UK, 7 November 2016

The British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society (BKSTS) is celebrating its 85th anniversary by rebranding and relaunching itself as the International Moving Image Society (IMIS).  The Society has seen the evolving nature of the industry and has decided this new brand is better aligned to address current changes in the industry as well as future developments.

The Society is not only looking towards encompassing traditional formats like feature films, television, short films, commercials, and music promos but also non-traditional formats such as virtual reality, interactive mediums, gaming, mobile video, web series and more.

In addition, the Society has laid out it’s aims to inspire, train, educate, and connect all members of the industry, whether at entry or professional level, around the world.  The Society plans on accomplishing this through its new website www.societyinmotion.com where it will develop original content for every phase of development from conception, through production, and all the way through exhibition and archiving.  Further, the Society plans to offer new seminars and events open to members and the public, training courses, opportunities for online and in-person networking, and expand its accreditation programme.  The Society aims on building a strong alliance with other societies, guilds and associations, both in the UK and around the world, in order to fulfil its mission.

The Society is best known for its series of monthly lectures covering all aspects of the industry ranging from technical to creative.  The Society has also had a rich history of providing wall charts that illustrate best-management practices for areas of the industry as well as technical resources.  The Society is a partner to Cinema Technology Magazine with members who regularly contribute to the publication.


About the BKSTS

The BKSTS is a non-profit member-based organisation that was formed in the late 1920s as the ‘London Branch’ of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers (now known as SMPTE) until 1930 when it split to form its own organisation.  In 1931 the Society began by accrediting the London Polytechnic (now the University of Westminster) in 1932.  It has grown and evolved over time to meet the changes of the industry such as the shift from employment to freelancing as well as film to digital.  It is in this respect that the Society has decided to evolve itself again into the International Moving Image Society.  The Society has members in over 20 countries and plans to expand its base to many more.