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

Animex AVFX is an exciting two day programme of talks from world class animation and VFX studios and experts including an evening event for you to network with the creators of some of this year's blockbuster titles.


OL1 Europa Building, Teesside University

Monday 09 February
Time Talk/Event
8:30am Registration
9:50am Welcome
Gabrielle Kent Animex festival director, Teesside University
Chris Wyatt Animex AVFX, Teesside University
10:00am Feature animation for adults: now is the time
Ed Hooks Acting Instructor and Author
Going into the 21st century, animation is the most under-used art form, the only art form in which its leading artists are invisible to the public. This is primed to change. There are new avenues for financing, distribution and exhibition. It is not the case that every graduating animation student must get in line outside the Disney employment office. The industry is truly global, wired up, and films can originate anyplace. Ed describes the scene and points to pathways that are open for creative and entrepreneurial animators.
11:00am Method Studio Show
Simon Carr VFX Supervisor, Method Studios
Simon joins us for a behind the scenes discussion of Method’s animation and visual effects work on a recent feature film release.
12:00pm Lunch
1:30pm Recruiters panel session - breaking into the industry
Sophie Charlton Recruiter, Double Negative
David Delve ILM London
Mike Farrell Global recruiter, MPC
Thomas Knight Talent co-ordinator, Mill London
Anna Russell Recruitment & Talent Development Manager, Framestore
The search for animation and visual effects talent is incredibly competitive and studios are often fishing in the same pool. Recruiters from several studios join us for a panel discussing how to break into the industry and to give advice on the steps you can take to advancing your career. Don’t miss this.
2:30pm Break
3:00pm Imagining a world of Marvel: creating concept art for Guardians of the Galaxy
Ron Ashtiani Atomhawk Design
Ron will be discussing the challenges and opportunities the Atomhawk team faced in creating concept art for Marvel blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy. He will share the creative decisions behind the design of key features including the Milano spacecraft, the Kiln Prison and the Knowhere head and what it’s like to be tasked with the reimagining of a new Marvel franchise.
4:00pm MPC presents: animating Groot
Greg Fisher Animation Supervisor, MPC
MPC Animation Supervisor and Teesside graduate Greg showcases the team’s work on the extraterrestrial, sentient tree-like creature Groot from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Bringing Groot to life was both an artistic and technical challenge, requiring a complex rigging system and variations including Groot Cocoon and Baby Groot.
5:00pm Close
7:30pm AVFX Lounge
Join the speakers and studios for networking in our award winning Students’ Union Hub.
Tuesday 10 February
Time Talk/Event
9:00am Registration
10:00am The MILL present - God only Knows
Sid Harrington-Odedra CG Lead, The Mill
Sid who is a CG Lead at the Mill joins us for a behind the scenes talk about his work in creating the wonderful "God only knows" film for the BBC love of Music season.
11:00am Exodus: Gods and Kings - Animating an Epic
Stafford Lawrence Animation Supervisor, Double Negative
Stafford Lawrence of Double Negative discusses the animation processes involved in making Exodus: Gods and Kings. From blood thirsty crocodiles and infestations of frogs, to exhausted Hebrew slaves and swarms of locusts, this talk will show you the many approaches required to bring Ridley Scott's epic retelling of the biblical story of Moses to life.
12:00pm Lunch
1:30pm Framestore Presents – Paddington
Laurie Brugger Head of Rigging, Framestore
Laurie Brugger joins us for a behind the scenes look at Framestore's work on the digital recreation of Michael Bond's iconic bear from darkest Peru.
2:30pm Break
3:00pm Making of The Boxtrolls
Mark Shapiro Laika
LAIKA is a renowned animation studio that has inspired audiences with an unprecedented visual artistry. This unparalleled fusion of stop-motion and computer graphics has garnered the studio two Oscar nominations and worldwide acclaim. Mark will discuss the recently released feature The Boxtrolls, using rarely seen images and time-lapses. Production puppets will also be on display.
4:00pm Big Hero 6: finding the character
Zach Parrish Head of Animation, Walt Disney Animation Studios
Zach discusses the process the animation department underwent from the beginning of Big Hero 6 to the production of shots including; pre-production, visual development, modelling, rigging, posing, and character exploration. He will focus on the challenges of the film including the large cast of main characters, the city of San Fransokyo, filling it with crowds, and the variety of animation needed for the film from subtle to action to Baymax.
5:00pm AVFX Close

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