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Emmerdale Storm - 14-Jan-2014

The storm at Emmerdale as part of the siege episode involved more than just torrential rain. 4000 Litre tip tanks were used to break through a section of walls to simulate a river breaking its banks, drains exploded and buildings flooded.   ...more

Filed under: Rain SFX,Water SFX — Darren Wallis @ 11:47 am

Car Crash stunt - 14-Jan-2014


Filed under: General,Mechanical SFX,Water SFX — Darren Wallis @ 11:31 am

The Premier League and pyrotechnics - 29-Nov-2013

Following an increase in the illegal use smoke grenade and flares at football matches we were asked to assist with the launch of their anit-pyro campaign. The use of flares and smoke grenades at matches can be extremely dangerous and is illegal.

Filed under: General — Darren Wallis @ 12:27 pm

Coronation Street Fireworks - 5-Nov-2012

It is clear that my blogs are not regular, unless yearly counts, mainly because I cannot blog at the time I do the effects as we have to adhere to confidentially clauses. By the time our work comes onto TV I have often forgotten all about it. However while sat watching Coronation Street after a long day at work on Bonfire Night I suddenly spot the fireworks I fired over a few nights some ...more

Filed under: fireworks — Tags: , , , , , , — Darren Wallis @ 10:10 pm

Discount Fireworks - 13-Oct-2011

As many of our customers already know, as well as providing special effects, Quicksilver also have a retail fireworks shop.  For our existing SFX customers we are offering generous discounts and free delivery to unit base, as we know that during long filming hours it can be difficult to get out shopping. Contact us on 0161 320 7232 to get a discount code specific to your production. See ...more

Filed under: fireworks — Tags: , , , , — Darren Wallis @ 10:55 am

Blue Peter comes to Manchester - 26-Sep-2011

Local jobs for local people… Today saw the move of ...more

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Darren Wallis @ 3:45 pm

Are you feeling lucky? - 9-Sep-2011

10 Secrecy and confidentiality often surrounds our work, especially on soaps such as Coronati ...more

Filed under: Explosion SFX — Tags: , , , , — Darren Wallis @ 7:56 am

Waiting In. - 13-May-2010

As the election results drifted in and the outcome, or lack of it, unfolded I started to feel sorry for the Queen on Friday.  I can just imaging her conversation with Phillip over tea at the Palace –  ”they promised that a new Prime Minister would be delivered on Friday, I waited in all day and nothing has arrived. One should have been out trooping the colour and walking the corgi ...more

Filed under: General,Random — Tags: — Darren Wallis @ 10:39 am

Morrisons - 13-May-2010

I’m sure many of you have seen the latest Morrison’s commercial showing Top Gear’s Richard Hammond pushing his shopping trolley through various  rural locations. We werent involved in every scene but the one scene we did work on is the part where he’s in the rain pulling his trolley across a cattle grid. That 10 seconds of footage took all day to film and for us, ...more

Filed under: General,Rain SFX,Random — Tags: , , , — Wayne Bennett @ 9:28 am

Red Hot Chilli Peppers - 7-May-2010

  I started writing this blog last year (yes, last year), but thought I had best finish it while references to current politicians were still accurate, I think I may only have minutes to go as they are assembling a lectern in Downing Street as I speak. Our office is at our shop/trade counter and on quieter days I will often serve customers to allow me to get away from doing the ...more

Filed under: Random — Darren Wallis @ 12:43 pm

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