Skip to main content

14-15 May 2025
Olympia London

05 Dec 2022

Post-production uncovered: Freefolk on Fate: The Winx Saga (Netflix)

Max Miller
Lead vendor completed 340 shots for second series

Freefolk has revealed the work that went into creating 340 VFX shots for the second series of Fate: The Winx Saga.

The Netflix series based on the Winx Club cartoon transports viewers to the Otherworld where fairies and specialists train within the confines of Alfea College. The story centres around a group of teens, determined to master their enchanting powers, navigate rivalry, romance and supernatural studios at the magical boarding school. It has been available on Netflix since 16 September. 

Dave Houghton was overall VFX supervisor for the production, with the Freefolk team led by VFX supervisor Steve Murgatroyd, CG supervisor Harin Hirani, and VFX executive producer Meg Guidon.

The work included creating numerous ethereal elements for the series including fire, water, ice, air bubbles, writhing muscles, glowing veins, vines, a protective magical barrier for Alfea College and a portal as well as as an elaborate banqueting hall ceiling adorned with mangrove like tree roots.


However, the largest project was making CG characters called Scrapers. Integral to the story, the creatures, with complex and varied actions, feature throughout the show.

Murgatroyd explained: “We had a fair number of key sequences but the stand out ones would have to be Aisha and Flora’s encounter with the creature (or Scraper) in episode three, where we had over 30 shots to animate, many of them requiring interaction with the live action characters.


“Another key VFX we created was Musa’s run in with a Scraper in a gloomy basement in episode four. It’s fast paced and probably one of the more chilling moments. There are also Scrapers swimming in tanks, Scrapers smashing through glass, Scrapers attacking in large numbers and even Scrapers crawling under blankets - there are a lot of Scrapers.”


The FX department created proprietary setups for the crowd scraper shots that allowed the scrapers to avoid each other, as well as collide against one another and the environment. They also had to manoeuvre like the hand animated scrapers seen in other sequences.

Judy Counihan, executive producer for the series, said: “Freefolk did a fantastic job in creating an iconic creature and other images on Fate series two. The team were brilliant and we are all immensely proud of the results.”

View all Industry News

Exhibitors Include:





  • It’s the best show I’ve ever been to, to be honest, I think you guys have done an incredible job. It’s really packed, there’s a very broad selection of people here.
    James Burstall
  • MPTS is an important event in our fast-paced, changing industries. A great place for minds and technology to come together, learn, interact, explore and create for the future.
    Carly Paradis
  • My first time attending MPTS 2023 and I was blown away at how much was on offer - from the exhibitions to the seminars, not to forget all the attendees who gave it a great atmosphere and fantastic networking opportunity. Will definitely be back next year.
    Jahreal Wright
    Sky Production Services
  • It’s been our first time exhibiting at MPTS and we will definitely be coming back. The quality of the customers and panels was perfect for us.
    Dawn Bochenski
  • MPTS 2023 was a tremendous opportunity to not only catch up with colleagues, but meet so many enthusiastic new faces and have the opportunity to share insights, knowledge and debate about the future of tech in the creative economy
    Dr Jodi Nelson-Tabor
    Final Pixel Academy
  • We had a great time at the show this year at MPTS, I think the interest in cloud production has significantly increased in the last twelve months and we saw a lot of traction with customers and people looking at solutions in transforming the way that live TV is being produced. So we've got a great partnership
    Gareth Capon
  • MPTS has been really wonderful, it is great to see how much the show has expanded this year. In my opinion, it just seems to be getting better and better every year and I can’t wait to see what next year brings
    Lexie Morgan
    HHB Communications
  • I think the panel discussions here are of huge benefit to everyone that comes, especially freelancers and maybe students wanting to work in this industry. The hot topics that are affecting everybody in their jobs o its quite a unique day out, and its free
    Ria Hebden
    TV Presenter & Broadcaster
  • A truly brilliant event. It was absolutely buzzing with excitement, innovations, and incredibly interesting and insightful stories. With sessions ranging from sustainability to virtual production, XR, the talent gap, and accessibility and inclusion in production, it’s become the UK media and tech show to attend for anything content creation and should not be missed.
    Amisa Saar-Stout
  • It was great to meet with customers, partners, and prospects in the heart of the UK M&E community, demonstrating how LucidLink enables remote collaboration from anywhere in the world. MPTS 2023 was a huge success for us, and experiencing professional ‘white glove’ treatment from all the show staff, just made my job that much easier
    Julie O'Grady
  • We get to see a lot of customers, we get to talk about what their plans are for the next year, we get to see all of our resellers as well, it’s a really important day for us
    Simon Sherbourne
  • I find myself among people like me who love new technology and love the potential of what we can do
    LJ Rich
    Presenter and Broadcaster
  • Of all the trade shows that Argosy participates in, MPTS represents the greatest return on investment for us, by far!
    Chris Smeeton