10 - 11 February
OL1, Europa Building, Teesside University
Fully Booked - Animex Talk, festival pass and gold pass holders
Please note: the schedule of events and speakers at Animex Talk is a provisional programme and is subject to change.
Foyer of Europa Building
Shelley's Eye Candy
Shelley Page, Head of International Outreach, DreamWorks Animation
Shelley, head of international outreach for DreamWorks Animation, brings her showcase of student films to Animex for the first time. In this session she will screen some of her favourite films from studios and festivals around the world. Many of the films have already won major honours and some you will see will no doubt go on to win further prizes and awards at other festivals, and maybe even an Oscar or two!
Crossing the uncanny valley with Harry Potter
Nicolas Scapel, Head of VFX Rigging Department, Framestore
On Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Framestore was presented with the daunting challenge of delivering a fully believable, intense and emotional performance on two well known humanoid characters, Dobby and Kreacher.
Hear how they crossed the uncanny valley by leveraging the Framestore know-how on realistic CG characters, and pushing it to a new level, both on the technical and artistic front. Animation and rigging drove the creature development process, which involved careful modeling of hundreds of detailed facial shapes, new rigging techniques, complex skin layers, simulations, advanced dynamic shaders, a rich animation performance, extensive us of witness cams, anatomy and 3D scan reference, and overall many iterations on the look, feel and acting of these two creatures to turn them into living, breathing and thinking characters.
Visual effects for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Andrew Whitehurst, Double Negative Visual Effects
In this presentation, Andrew will talk us through the visual effects DNeg employed in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, including the CG environments, comic book graphics, visualised music and the extremely stylised fight sequences, all of which were based in a hyper-real, altered reality.
My Life in Animation
Eric Goldberg, Walt Disney Animation Studios
With an illustrious career spanning over thirty years and credits on some of the most memorable animated movies ever made, Eric makes his first visit to Animex to talk about his personal adventures in the world of animation. Eric will discuss the many great mentors and influential artists he has met and who were so generous with their knowledge wherever his work took him. His talk will be illustrated with numerous film clips highlighting some of his greatest work. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from one of the animation industry's true greats.