Animex AVFX schedule
Animex AVFX is a two day programme of talks from world class animation and VFX studios, packed with expert insight into the year's major releases and the lowdown on the projects that are grabbing the headlines.
VIRGIN MEDIA - Delivering AWESOME
17 May 2018
OL1 Europa Building, Teesside UniversityChris Wyatt
Industrial Light & Magic - Star Wars : The Last Jedi
In this talk Dan Snape and Teesside graduate Sam Dawes will take us through the making of Star Wars: The last Jedi. They will be paying particular attention to the compositing aspects of the film and look at how they work on shots to bring the various elements of the production from set to screen and create the spectacular images we see in the film.
OL1 Europa Building, Teesside UniversityDan Snape
Visual Effects Supervisor
Industrial Light & Magic
London Paint Supervisor
Industrial Light & Magic
The Mill - Virgin Media Delivering Awesome
Adam Droy will join us to discuss how the Mill produced the Adrenalin fuelled commercial for virgin media. As well as featuring ninja turtles, astronauts, Elizabeth I, mad max style car chases, giant robots, exploding tunnels, Usain Bolt, puppets and a variety of other characters charging through the TV spot it also contained many differing practical and digital VFX techniques in its production. Adam will discuss the workflow of the Mill in putting this energetic piece together so there should be something for everyone in this talk.
OL1 Europa Building, Teesside UniversityAdam Droy
VFX Supervisor & 3D Lead Artist
From Restaurant graphics to Peter Rabbit - the lessons I learned in 18 years of CG
Now that Matt's career is of drinking age, it seems a good time to reflect on what he has done and what has been learned. Matt will to run through every project he has worked on (memory and footage permitting), and extract a useful lesson from each. For example, don't use paintfx for smoke simulation. Debugging ncloth skin sims at 3am is ill-advised. Know that the show always gets done (eventually). Pretending to be the director can sometimes end up with you actually being the director.
OL1 Europa Building, Teesside UniversityMatt Estela
Vfx Lead in Residence
UTS Animal Logic Academy
MPC - Replicating Rachael for "Blade Runner 2049"
MPC Assets Supervisor Axel Akesson will give a behind the scenes look at how his team crossed the uncanny valley and created a photoreal human for Blade Runner 2049. Replicating Rachael was both a huge honour for MPC as well as an exciting technical and creative challenge. It took nearly a year to create the final character which many have called the most realistic CG character to date. In this presentation, Axel will show never seen before material including the tests shown to the filmmakers which showed that with the right talent and technology, anything is possible.
OL1 Europa Building, Teesside UniversityAxel Akesson
Aardman Animation - Early man
In this talk we will take a look behind-the-scenes of Aardman Animation's latest film by the Academy Award winning Nick Park. Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of Dug, along with sidekick Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home. Using rarely seen footage, Animation Director, Will Becher, talks through some of the amazing craft that went into making Aardman's most ambitious feature film to date.
OL1 Europa Building, Teesside UniversityWill Becher
18 May 2018
Framestore - The VFX of "Thor : Ragnarok"
Andy joins us to discuss the extensive VFX work completed by Framestore on Marvel’s Thor : Ragnarok. Framestore were responsible for most of the action packed third act of the film including the creation of the Asgard environment and characters of the “Mega” Surter fire demon, the D-Guards, Korg, Meik, the giant wolf Fenris and the super photorealistic digital doubles of Thor and Hela. All of these elements were brought together in the FX and destruction heavy final battle of Asgard.
OL1 Europa Building, Teesside UniversityAndy Hayes
Head of Effects
Double Negative - The VFX of Annihilation
Andrew will speak about the three year creative journey to make Annihilation, covering the processes that the film-makers utilised to create the film. It will feature insight into the techniques of VFX production as well as a focus on the design and creative challenges on the film.
OL1 Europa Building, Teesside UniversityAndrew Whitehurst
Cartoon Saloon - A day in the life at Cartoon Saloon
Louise Bagnall takes us through her roles on several of Cartoon Saloon’s most recent projects. With a special focus on character design and directing she will discuss working on Oscar© nominated feature “The Breadwinner” and the short film “Late Afternoon”.
OL1 Europa Building, Teesside UniversityLouise Bagnall
Director / Creative Director
Blue Sky Studios - "Ferdinand" at Animex
Production Designer Thomas Cardone will discuss the design of Ferdinand, 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios’ most recent film. Exploring the thinking behind the style of the film and how that informed set, character, colour and lighting design.
OL1 Europa Building, Teesside UniversityTom Cardone
Blue Sky Studios
Pixar Animation Studios - Behind the scenes of Pixar’s "Coco"
Sarah's talk "Behind the Scenes of Pixar's Coco" will cover an overview of the film's production pipeline, a closer look at some of the effects such as ghosts and the marigold bridge, and hidden Easter eggs in the movie. She will also discuss the importance of effects in driving stories forward, such as her work on Miguel's guitar smash and Ernesto De La Cruz being hit by a rotten tomato.
OL1 Europa Building, Teesside UniversitySarah Beth Eisinger
Effects Technical Director