Real SFX Pyrotechnics


From a small robotic spark to a full on house explosion, every project is fully risk assessed and planned to suit our clients individual specification

Real SFX Model Making


Soft props and replica builds are a major part of the special effects industry.


From foggy mist to heavy rain, Real SFX can re-create any atmospheric effect on cue to suit the nature of any scene.

Real SFX Custom Effects


Real SFX are able to provide custom built effects should we not already have something ready to go.


Whether you want to rock a boat or fly a plane our 4 axis gimbal can give that precise movement.



Real SFX are an Emmy Award and multi-BAFTA winning company providing a full range of high quality special effects for the TV, film and the events industry.

Real SFX offer competitive and cost effective special effects for all types of productions. Operating under strict codes of practice and safety, we are totally committed to delivering a personal, professional service from our uniquely qualified technicians. Our experience ensures that your effects are delivered safely, on budget and as realistic as possible. Using state-of-the-art techniques and equipment, we specialise in atmospheric, fire, explosives, mechanical rigs, model making and soft props.

We are a Creative Arts Emmy Award, double BAFTA Craft and double BAFTA Cymru Award winners for their work on Doctor Who, Sherlock and A Poet in New York and have also had nominations for the Royal Television Society Awards and Primetime Emmy Awards. We've also won an Apprenticeship Award for Small Employer of the Year for their bespoke apprenticeship scheme, and most recently, for the second year running, a Cardiff Life Award being recognised as the most creative company in Cardiff.

Our portfolio includes Doctor Who, Free Fire, Sherlock, Class, Peaky Blinders, Lady Chattlerley's Lover, Coronation Street, Da Vinci’s Demons, Houdini & Doyle, Line of Duty, Mr Nice, Killer Elite and Happy Valley to name but a few. 2016 has seen another successful year for us, having provided special effects on the latest series of Doctor Who, the fourth series of the incredible Sherlock, the gripping entrepreneurial fable The Collection, the Doctor Who spin off Class and the BBC action drama SS-GB to name a few. 




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REAL SFX (Cardiff)
Unit 9A Freemans Park
Penarth Road
(t) 029 2034 2690
Pinewood Studios Wales
Room W001
Wentloog Avenue
Cardiff CF3 2GH
(t) 02921 304100