Animex Talk

Thursday 21 - Friday 22 February

OL1, Europa Building, Teesside University



Now in its fourteenth 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.

Schedule

OL1 Europa Building, Teesside University

Animex Talk


Thursday 21 February
Time Talk
8:45am Registration
Foyer of Europa Building
9:45am Welcome
Chris Williams Host, Animex Talk
Chris Wyatt Animex Screen
10:00am The Animation Community is Maturing. Now What?
Ed Hooks Acting Instructor and Author
CG technology has grown out of puberty and is shaving regularly. Pixar and DreamWorks have built McMansions, Disney is in negotiations to buy China, and video game consoles are threatening to get a legal separation if the developers don’t quit fooling around with mobile devices. The animation neighborhood is expanding its boundaries and laying foundations for several new shopping centres. How does this growth affect career planning for the aspiring animator? What new options are out there for the seasoned pro? Ed Hooks (Acting for Animators) has been reading tea leaves and will tell you what h
11:00am Storyboarding the 31st Century
David Au Storyboard Artist/Assistant Director, Rough Draft Studios
David Au talks about the animation production process of the hit television series Futurama. He will give an in-depth look into what it's like to be a storyboard artist on a show featuring an amazing cast of characters, written by a talented group of intelligent writers, and animated by a group of very sleepy artists.
12:00pm Lunch
1:30pm Film VFX on a TV budget
Murray Barber VFX Supervisor, The Mill (London)
Murray Barber talks about the trials and tribulations of working on VFX projects for TV and gives amusing examples of the difficulties faced. He will demonstrate how The Mill create high end VFX on diminishing budgets and the creative collaboration that happens from script to screen.
2:30pm Break
3:00pm The Anatomy of a Floating Zoo
Stuart Sumida Professor of Biology, California State University San Bernardino
Stuart Sumida discusses his work as anatomy consultant during development of Life of Pi, taking the audience from script analysis with Ang Lee, to previz, to anatomical consulting (with MPC Vancouver) to final shot on the opening sequence.
4:00pm Taming Tigers and Ocean Waves – The visual effects of Life of Pi
Hans Rijpkema Rhythm & Hues Studios
If one begins by filming a young actor in a choppy water tank in the middle of a Taiwanese airport, then how can one end up with a movie about an Indian boy and a fierce Bengal tiger stuck together on a life boat in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean? In this talk, Hans Rijpkema explains that process: from creating the digital creatures (most notably the tiger named Richard Parker ) to the digital ocean environments that are characters in their own right. Other topics include the challenges of stereo movie making, international collaboration and cloud computing.
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 22 February
Time Talk
9:00am Registration
Foyer of Europa Building
10:00am Same Old, Same Old…
Alastair McIlwain Managing Director/Animator, Straandlooper
We're constantly using technology that is work in progress. Its evolution affects the way we design, produce, view and distribute our animation. So since the first flickering frames of animation over 100 years ago, what has changed and what remains the same? Can we future proof our skills so that they don't become obsolete?¬ Alistair McIlwain presents.
11:00am Bringing the The Pirates to life
Will Becher Animator/Animation Director, Aardman Animations
Will Becher, from Aardman Animations discusses his work as Character Lead Animator on The Pirates!
12:00pm Lunch
1:30pm Animating an Alien World
Ferran Domenech Animation supervisor, MPC
MPC's animation supervisor, Ferran Domenech will present the animation team's work on Ridley Scott's Prometheus, focusing on the hammerpede creature, the prometheus and engineer spaceships and the work involved in bringing them to life.
2:30pm Break
3:00pm Making the Unreal Real
Andrew Whitehurst VFX supervisor, Double Negative
Andrew Whitehurst discusses his work as VFX supervisor at Double Negative, the studio responsible for the VFX of some of this year’s biggest box office hits.
4:00pm "I Can Film It!" Behind the Scenes of Wreck-It Ralph
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Rob Dressel explores the layout process and how cinematic storytelling works on a massive film like Wreck-It Ralph
5:00pm Close
Schedule

Stephenson Building, ICLT 1, Teesside University

Animex Talk


Thursday 21 February
Time Talk
8:45am Registration
Foyer of Europa Building
9:45am Welcome
Gabrielle Kent Festival Director
Andrew Walker
10:00am Same Old, Same Old…
Alastair McIlwain Managing Director/Animator, Straandlooper
We're constantly using technology that is work in progress. Its evolution affects the way we design, produce, view and distribute our animation. So since the first flickering frames of animation over 100 years ago, what has changed and what remains the same? Can we future proof our skills so that they don't become obsolete?¬ Alistair McIlwain presents.
11:00am Making the Unreal Real
Andrew Whitehurst VFX supervisor, Double Negative
Andrew Whitehurst discusses his work as VFX supervisor at Double Negative, the studio responsible for the VFX of some of this year’s biggest box office hits.
12:00pm Lunch
1:30pm Storyboarding the 31st Century
David Au Storyboard Artist/Assistant Director, Rough Draft Studios
David Au talks about the animation production process of the hit television series Futurama. He will give an in-depth look into what it's like to be a storyboard artist on a show featuring an amazing cast of characters, written by a talented group of intelligent writers, and animated by a group of very sleepy artists.
2:30pm Break
3:00pm Film VFX on a TV budget
Murray Barber VFX Supervisor, The Mill (London)
Murray Barber talks about the trials and tribulations of working on VFX projects for TV and gives amusing examples of the difficulties faced. He will demonstrate how The Mill create high end VFX on diminishing budgets and the creative collaboration that happens from script to screen.
4:00pm "I Can Film It!" Behind the Scenes of Wreck-It Ralph
Delete
Rob Dressel explores the layout process and how cinematic storytelling works on a massive film like Wreck-It Ralph
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 22 February
Time Talk
9:00am Registration
Foyer of Europa Building
10:00am The Animation Community is Maturing. Now What?
Ed Hooks Acting Instructor and Author
CG technology has grown out of puberty and is shaving regularly. Pixar and DreamWorks have built McMansions, Disney is in negotiations to buy China, and video game consoles are threatening to get a legal separation if the developers don’t quit fooling around with mobile devices. The animation neighborhood is expanding its boundaries and laying foundations for several new shopping centres. How does this growth affect career planning for the aspiring animator? What new options are out there for the seasoned pro? Ed Hooks (Acting for Animators) has been reading tea leaves and will tell you what h
11:00am Animating an Alien World
Ferran Domenech Animation supervisor, MPC
MPC's animation supervisor, Ferran Domenech will present the animation team's work on Ridley Scott's Prometheus, focusing on the hammerpede creature, the prometheus and engineer spaceships and the work involved in bringing them to life.
12:00pm Lunch
1:30pm Bringing the The Pirates to life
Will Becher Animator/Animation Director, Aardman Animations
Will Becher, from Aardman Animations discusses his work as Character Lead Animator on The Pirates!
2:30pm Break
3:00pm The Anatomy of a Floating Zoo
Stuart Sumida Professor of Biology, California State University San Bernardino
Stuart Sumida discusses his work as anatomy consultant during development of Life of Pi, taking the audience from script analysis with Ang Lee, to previz, to anatomical consulting (with MPC Vancouver) to final shot on the opening sequence.
4:00pm Taming Tigers and Ocean Waves – The visual effects of Life of Pi
Hans Rijpkema Rhythm & Hues Studios
If one begins by filming a young actor in a choppy water tank in the middle of a Taiwanese airport, then how can one end up with a movie about an Indian boy and a fierce Bengal tiger stuck together on a life boat in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean? In this talk, Hans Rijpkema explains that process: from creating the digital creatures (most notably the tiger named Richard Parker ) to the digital ocean environments that are characters in their own right. Other topics include the challenges of stereo movie making, international collaboration and cloud computing.
5:00pm Close

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.

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.

The names of our speakers will be released as soon as we receive final confirmations. Keep an eye on our news pages and Twitter feed for exciting updates as they happen.

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