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Programme: 8 February

OL1, Europa Building, University of Teesside

Please note: the schedule of events and speakers at Animex Talk! is a provisional programme and is subject to change.

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9.15am Registration (Foyer of Europa Building)
10.00am Eamonn Butler and Chris Burn, Double Negative
Inside Double Negative
  2007 was an incredibly busy year for Double Negative, with work on the Golden Globe Award-winning Atonement and a host of other feature films including The Bourne Ultimatum and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Chris and Eamonn return to Animex to give us an insight into their work from the past year and a look inside one of the UK's largest visual effects studios.
11.15am Break
11.30am Robin Linn, Sony Pictures Imageworks
A history of Sony Pictures Imageworks
  Robin takes a look at the multi-Academy Award winning, state-of-the-art visual effects and character animation company edicated to the artistry of digital production and character creation. The company has won numerous Oscars for films including Spider-Man 2, The ChubbChubbs! as well as nominations for Superman Returns, Monster House, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Spider-Man, Hollow Man, Stuart Little and Starship Troopers.
12.15pm Elizabeth Rega, Western University of Health Sciences, California
Character Anatomy for Animators
  Human life drawing is an essential part of every artist’s training. However, mere static representation is not sufficient in animation. Characters that are not properly designed and built will be difficult to move satisfactorily in films or games. To address this need Elizabeth will consider anatomical variation regarding age, gender and population variation as it applies to animation. She has been a consulting expert for Disney Feature Animation and Imagineering, Dreamworks and Sony Pictures on numerous films including Pocahontas, Mulan, Tarzan, Brother Bear, John Henry, Hollow Man and Beowulf.
1.00pm Lunch
1.45pm Curtis Jobling and Jackie Edwards
The Cat Comes Back
  Curtis Jobling, the creator of the BBC's brilliant new kids tv show Frankenstein's Cat, comes to Animex along with the show's Producer Jackie Edwards. Curtis and Jackie will complete the story which began several years ago to explain what happens now that the Cat is actually on the screen.
2.30pm Hans Rijpkema, Rhythm & Hues
From Cutting Edge To Cookie Cutter
  The visual effects industry has evolved dramatically over the last decade. The growing technological possibilities form a constantly accelerating cycle with bigger expectations from directors, studios and audiences, leading to increasing challenges for the creators of 3D visual effects. The cutting edge technology of yesterday is the cookie cutter tool of today. By using examples from a large variety of Rhythm and Hues projects we explore the roles of research and development, outsourcing and competition and cooperation to see what is involved in bringing the visions and expectations of movie makers and audiences come to life.
3.15pm Break
3.30pm Stuart Sumida, California State University and Mark Walsh, PIXAR
The Science and Art of Ratatouille
  Mark and Stuart will describe how, as the story in Ratatouille developed, the need for a rigorous grounding in the anatomy, locomotion, and behaviour of actual rats evolved from utility to necessity. That information impacted the structure provided to animators and the acting they ultimately sent to the screen. Mark will introduce the story behind the collaboration, Stuart will give an inside look at the training he was able to contribute, and then Mark will return to show how the animation, acting, and story-telling came together in what was arguably the best-reviewed film of 2007 worldwide.
5.00pm Close