Animex Talk

Thursday 9 - Friday 10 February

OL1, Europa Building, Teesside University



Animex Talk is back with another fantastic two days of talks and presentations from the best in the business.

Schedule

OL1 Europa Building, Teesside University

Animex Talk


Thursday 09 February
Time Talk
9:00am Registration
Foyer of Europa Building
9:30am Welcome and opening address
Paul Wells Director of the Animation Academy, Loughborough University
10:00am Setting the scene
Tori Davis Visual Development artist
Fraser MacLean Penciltown Animation
This talk is based on Fraser’s new book Setting the Scene, which charts the history and development of the art and techniques of Animation Layout. In the past Fraser has worked at Passion Pictures, Warner Brothers Animation and Disney Feature Animation Studios and has taught animation in schools, colleges and universities around the world.
11:00am Shelley's eye candy
Shelley Page Head of International Outreach, DreamWorks Animation
Shelley, head of international outreach for DreamWorks Animation, brings her hugely popular showcase of student films back to Animex. In this session she will screen more of her favourite films from studios and festivals around the world. Many of the films have already won major prizes and some you see will no doubt go on to win further prizes and awards at other festivals, and maybe even an Oscar or two!
12:00pm Lunch
1:30pm Meet the Recruiters
Celine Beunier Recruiter, Framestore
Sophie Jenkins Double Negative
Rachelle Lewis Owner/President , Rachelle Lewis Talent
Ben Owen Recruiter, MPC
Recruiters from three of the UK's biggest studios will be joined by Rachelle Lewis from the USA to answer your questions on what it takes to get that all important foot on the ladder in the increasingly competitive world of animation and visual effects. If you are a student, graduate, or somebody looking for a move this is a great opportunity to meet the people who could change your future.
2:30pm Break
3:00pm From Teesside to Hogwarts
Dan Zelcs Lead Rigger, MPC
Dan talks about his journey from graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Visualisation at Teesside University to leading the MPC rigging team through the battles of the final Harry Potter film. Detailed VFX breakdowns from The Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2 explore bringing the Nagini to life, the Polyjuice transformation, and the death of Lord Voldemort.
4:00pm Harry Potter, The Final Chapter
Rick Leary CG Supervisor, Double Negative
The final instalment of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, gets the Animex treatment when CG Supervisor Rick gives the low down on Double Negative's visual effects work on the Oscar nominated movie.
5:00pm Close
7:30pm Animex Lounge at The Hub, Students’ Union, Teesside University
Join the speakers for a laid back evening of drinks and networking.

Animex Talk


Friday 10 February
Time Talk
9:00am Registration
Foyer of Europa Building
10:00am 3D or not 3D?
Hans Rijpkema Rhythm & Hues Studios
Stereoscopic movies have been here before, but recent successes have seen resurgence in the interest in the genre. Hans will take a look at the basic theory behind creating stereoscopic movies and the practical issues involved in their production.
11:00am Animation UK
Oliver Hyatt Director/Chairman of Animation UK, Blue-Zoo Productions
Animation UK was formed in 2010 to represent the UK's animation industry. Members include British animation companies and businesses, ranging from the largest players to small specialists. It aims to work with the Government to get the best possible trading conditions for UK producers faced with increasingly subsidised competition. This talk will describe how Animation UK is campaigning to help protect or increase the ownership of IP that is of such value to the UK Economy. It will also explore how the campaign started, what it has achieved so far, and its aims for the future.
12:00pm Lunch
1:30pm Elementary my dear Watson
Ben White CG Supervisor, Framestore
Following the success of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes in 2009, Framestore have created around 550 shots for the latest in the series, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. The studio’s CG Supervisor, Ben White, comes to Animex to give an in-depth analysis of some of the processes involved in generating some of their most dramatic work to date.
2:30pm Break
3:00pm The animation ladder
Curtis Jobling Author/illustrator
Creator Curtis will talk about breaking into the animation business from the ground up, covering that first ever work experience job right through to his work as designer/creator of many much loved animated characters. Citing Bob the Builder, Frankenstein's Cat and latest hit CBeebies show Raa Raa the Noisy Lion, Curtis will talk about what it takes to make headway in a competitive, creative industry. Warning: contains anecdotes. And nuts.
4:00pm The road to the Oscars
Max Howard Max Howard Consulting Group
Every year the Oscars celebrate the best in film making, including animation. As a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Max gives an insight into how the Oscars work and just what it takes to get nominated.
5:00pm Close
Schedule

Stephenson Building, ICLT 1, Teesside University

Animex Talk


Thursday 09 February
Time Talk
9:00am Registration
Foyer of Europa Building
9:30am Welcome and opening address
Niel Bushnell Managing Director, Qurios
Chris Williams Festival Director, Animex
10:00am The road to the Oscars
Max Howard Max Howard Consulting Group
Every year the Oscars celebrate the best in film making, including animation. As a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Max gives an insight into how the Oscars work and just what it takes to get nominated.
11:00am 3D or not 3D?
Hans Rijpkema Rhythm & Hues Studios
Stereoscopic movies have been here before, but recent successes have seen resurgence in the interest in the genre. Hans will take a look at the basic theory behind creating stereoscopic movies and the practical issues involved in their production.
1:30pm The animation ladder
Curtis Jobling Author/illustrator
Creator Curtis will talk about breaking into the animation business from the ground up, covering that first ever work experience job right through to his work as designer/creator of many much loved animated characters. Citing Bob the Builder, Frankenstein's Cat and latest hit CBeebies show Raa Raa the Noisy Lion, Curtis will talk about what it takes to make headway in a competitive, creative industry. Warning: contains anecdotes. And nuts.
2:30pm Break
3:00pm Elementary my dear Watson
Ben White CG Supervisor, Framestore
Following the success of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes in 2009, Framestore have created around 550 shots for the latest in the series, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. The studio’s CG Supervisor, Ben White, comes to Animex to give an in-depth analysis of some of the processes involved in generating some of their most dramatic work to date.
4:00pm Animation UK
Oliver Hyatt Director/Chairman of Animation UK, Blue-Zoo Productions
Animation UK was formed in 2010 to represent the UK's animation industry. Members include British animation companies and businesses, ranging from the largest players to small specialists. It aims to work with the Government to get the best possible trading conditions for UK producers faced with increasingly subsidised competition. This talk will describe how Animation UK is campaigning to help protect or increase the ownership of IP that is of such value to the UK Economy. It will also explore how the campaign started, what it has achieved so far, and its aims for the future.
5:00pm Close
5:30pm Animex Lounge at The Hub, Students’ Union, Teesside University
Join the speakers for a laid back evening of drinks and networking.

Animex Talk


Friday 10 February
Time Talk
10:00am Harry Potter, The Final Chapter
Rick Leary CG Supervisor, Double Negative
The final instalment of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, gets the Animex treatment when CG Supervisor Rick gives the low down on Double Negative's visual effects work on the Oscar nominated movie.
11:00am Shelley's eye candy
Shelley Page Head of International Outreach, DreamWorks Animation
Shelley, head of international outreach for DreamWorks Animation, brings her hugely popular showcase of student films back to Animex. In this session she will screen more of her favourite films from studios and festivals around the world. Many of the films have already won major prizes and some you see will no doubt go on to win further prizes and awards at other festivals, and maybe even an Oscar or two!
12:00pm Lunch
1:30pm Meet the Recruiters
Celine Beunier Recruiter, Framestore
Sophie Jenkins Double Negative
Rachelle Lewis Owner/President , Rachelle Lewis Talent
Ben Owen Recruiter, MPC
Recruiters from three of the UK's biggest studios will be joined by Rachelle Lewis from the USA to answer your questions on what it takes to get that all important foot on the ladder in the increasingly competitive world of animation and visual effects. If you are a student, graduate, or somebody looking for a move this is a great opportunity to meet the people who could change your future.
2:30pm Break
3:00pm From Teesside to Hogwarts
Dan Zelcs Lead Rigger, MPC
Dan talks about his journey from graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Visualisation at Teesside University to leading the MPC rigging team through the battles of the final Harry Potter film. Detailed VFX breakdowns from The Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2 explore bringing the Nagini to life, the Polyjuice transformation, and the death of Lord Voldemort.
4:00pm Setting the scene
Tori Davis Visual Development artist
Fraser MacLean Penciltown Animation
This talk is based on Fraser’s new book Setting the Scene, which charts the history and development of the art and techniques of Animation Layout. In the past Fraser has worked at Passion Pictures, Warner Brothers Animation and Disney Feature Animation Studios and has taught animation in schools, colleges and universities around the world.
5:00pm Close

Now in its thirteenth year, Animex Talk will be packed with insights into the year's major releases and the lowdown on the projects that are grabbing the headlines.

Animators, artists, writers, directors and students will gather on Teesside to make Animex Talk a melting pot of talent and a place for like minded people to listen to yet another amazing array of speakers.

Last year's highlights included a whole afternoon with the Disney Animation Studios legend Eric Goldberg, an insight into the art of Gnomeo and Juliet with production designer Karen deJong and our regular screening of some of the best student work from around the world in Shelley's Eye Candy with Shelley Page from DreamWorks Animation.

Tickets often sell out long in advance of festival week, so book early to avoid disappointment. To see all of the presentations during Animex Talk you will need an Animex Festival Pass or an Animex Talk Pass.

Keep an eye on our news pages, or sign up to Animex on Twitter and Facebook, to find out when tickets go on sale and to receive up to the minute information on speakers.

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