Founded in 2015, Cheat is known for its colour and finishing work across all forms of motion picture. From our East London studio and beyond, we bring you bold vision, considered innovation, and exceptional craft.
We’re constantly reimagining what’s possible, using the magic of craft to create exceptional, award-winning work that feels real and connects with audiences in radical new ways. Ours is an invisible artform – to be felt but never noticed.
Behind the scenes, we’re invested in innovation. Years of R&D, proprietary creative tools and film emulation mean we’re constantly finding new ways to deepen the emotive impact of your work and make the process streamlined, transparent and fun.
Everything we do is in service of the work. Our accomplished roster of colourists have backgrounds in production design, photography, VFX and beyond. This knowledge informs our craft, helping you harmonise the look of your story with artistic sensitivity.
Much of our work has been globally recognised and picked up multiple wins at prestigious ceremonies including the BAFTAs, EMMYs, Oscars, British Arrows, MTV Music Video awards, UKMVAs and more.
We craft world-leading images. In the heart of Hackney.
You’ll find us in the stunning Arthaus building by London Fields. Formerly an art storage facility, our building embodies the heritage of artistic craft. We love that we’re continuing its legacy, elevating images within its storied walls.
Our spacious grading studios and Flame online suites are in the centre of one of London’s most diverse and vibrant areas, paving the way for focused creativity. We’re a Dolby Vision certified facility and can work ultra-vivid magic in our new Dolby Vision HDR suite.
Realtime 4K grading. Ultra-fast internet. Fast shared storage. Cloud integrated feedback platforms. And more. We use the latest technology and workflow to maximise time and let everyone’s creativity flow freely.
Our friendly team is on hand for all your requests and our diverse menu is a Hackney greatest hits: great coffee, the best snacks, Cheat espresso martinis, and Broadway Market’s many restaurants. Taking a break? Relax in our cosy lounge-bar area.
From the very start, we wanted our studio to be an environment in which creativity flourishes, individual talents are championed, differences are celebrated, and people can reach their fullest expression. You can feel at home with us.
Here's what we stand for.
We’re passionate about every tiny detail. Together, they add up to excellence.
We’re positively rebellious, breaking the mold to make things better.
We’re adaptable, tackling every challenge with creativity, innovation and positivity.
Ours is a community where passion and diversity are nurtured and celebrated.
Cheat believes in freedom of speech, inclusion, diversity and sustainability. We create positive change through a comprehensive programme of education, policy, mentorship schemes, internships and masterclasses.
Cheat will be carbon neutral in 2021.
The safety of our team and clients comes first. Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve gone beyond the UK Government’s advice and have operated remotely.
Right now, we’re still encouraging remote grading wherever possible. In the exceptional circumstance that clients need to attend a session, employees and clients can rest assured that we’re adhering to both the APA ‘Office Guidelines’ and the UK Screen Alliance’s comprehensive ‘Code of Practise for Safe Working in Post-Production and VFX During the Covid-19 Pandemic’ guidelines.
Before joining us in our suites, clients and employees are asked to pre-register by completing a Health Declaration form through our visitor management app, Envoy.
As always, we look forward to giving you a warm Cheat welcome.