After last years’ launch announcement, award-winning VFX studio Milk is to continue its development by officially opening the Dublin studio at Grafter – Ely House and enhancing its leadership team with a key appointment.

Milk has a long-standing involvement with the VFX industry in Dublin and the talent in Ireland. After last year’s announcement, Milk’s Dublin studio is now set up and located in one of the Grafter historic Georgian buildings in Dublin 2, within the golden triangle of the VFX and Post Production industry. Its inception comes at a pivotal time, starting the slate off with the NBC series Surviving Earth, co-produced by UK Indie Loud Minds and Universal Television Alternative Studio with world-renowned creative director Tim Haines. Milk will be tasked with bringing to life prehistoric creatures and environments with high-end VFX.

Donal Nolan has been appointed as Creative Head of Studio and will lead the team in Dublin. He brings a wealth of experience to the role, having spent his VFX career at some of the top global studios and recently won an Irish Film and Television Award (IFTA) for VFX in 2023 for The Woman King, a Milk project.

Other notable shows he’s worked on include: Thor (Marvel Entertainment), The Siege of Jadotville (Netflix), 28 Weeks Later (20th Century Fox), Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Amazon), The Order (Netflix) and Child’s Play (Orion Pictures). Preceding this Donal’s credits include V for Vendetta (Warner Bros.), The Maze Runner (20th Century Fox), Man of Steel (Warner Bros.), Doctor Strange (Walt Disney Studios), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Warner Bros.), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Warner Bros) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Warner Bros).

Donal is well-versed in building teams for creative excellence and welcomes the opportunity to grow its emerging business while continuing to nurture the abundant VFX talent within the industry in Ireland.
This announcement follows the recent launches of studios in Bordeaux and Barcelona.

Jag Mundi, Milk Executive Chairman comments: “We are thrilled to be opening in Ireland. It is a country with a thriving VFX industry, great talent and potential. With the network of studios we will now have, we can become a truly European studio able to access and develop talent and enhance our premium offering to our clients.”

Ciaran Crowley, VFX Supervisor comments: “Overseeing the launch, I’m excited Milk is again able to back our talent, in this case Donal and our other colleagues in Ireland, to help us expand our potential and harness the rich pool of creative VFX talent in the country. The team will deliver both feature and episodic projects working closely with the teams in London and our other studios in Europe. I have had the pleasure of working with Donal for many years and I know he is intensely passionate about helping us build a strong studio in Ireland.”

Donal Nolan, Creative Head of Studio, comments: “I am delighted to be appointed as Creative Head of Studio. Milk has ambitious growth plans and I look forward to playing such a significant role in driving these forward in Ireland. It’s a place I’m very fond of – there’s great energy, talent and an abundance of creativity.”

About the Milk VFX Division

This division currently comprises Milk and Lola Post. Award-winning visual effects studio Milk creates innovative sequences for high-end episodic and feature films – with a range of credits including recent projects Sony/TriStar’s The Woman King; Sally El Housaini’s The Swimmers and sci-fi episodic series Bodies both for Netflix; Good Omens, Citadel and Kandahar all for Amazon MGM Studios; Warner Bros’ Meg 2: The Trench, and Working Title/Studio Canal’s What’s Love Got To Do With It.

Milk was founded by a passionate team of VFX supervisors and producers in 2013 and prides itself on its friendly, thriving culture. The studio has won multiple awards for its creative work, including three BAFTA Television Craft awards for critically acclaimed BBC drama Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and Doctor Who. Milk won an Emmy in 2016 for work on the BBC/Hartswood’s Sherlock; and in 2016 co-owner Sara Bennett became the first woman in twenty years to win an Oscar for best VFX on the film Ex-Machina at the 88th Academy Awards.

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Allan Torp Jensen
Author: Allan Torp Jensen

Allan has worked on visual effects for feature films and television for 20 years. He has experience of the full VFX pipeline but has focused on compositing for the past 15 years and has been a Lead Compositor and Compositing Supervisor on various shows. He has worked with the talented people at Cinesite, Bluebolt VFX, Automatik VFX in London, and Weta Digital in New Zealand. For the past five years, he has worked remotely at his own Torper Studio on various high-end TV and feature film projects.