Animex Talk!

Programme: 9 February 2006

Foyer, 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.

8.45am Registration
Foyer of Europa Building
9.15am Welcome and Opening Address
Professor Paul Wells, Loughborough University
9.30am Using Anatomical Science to Enhance Animation Art
Professor Stuart Sumida, from California State University, talks us through the science of anatomy and demonstrates how it can be used to enhance your animation to give you the best opportunity of becoming one of the best in the business.
10.20am Break
10.40am Our Friends in the North (East)
Up and coming animation studios based right here in the Tees Valley talk about how they are helping to develop a new industrial landscape. Speakers from Qurios Entertainment and Seed Animation Studio.

Neil Bushnell, [MD, Qurios Entertainment; Morgan Powell, MD, Seed Animation Studio; Neil Kidney, Technical Director, Seed Animation Studio and Curtis Jobling, Illustrator and Writer.
11.30am Floating Islands
Artist Roger Dean and Producer Dave Mousley from Red Vision give an exclusive sneak preview of a film they are working on called Floating Islands. The story behind the movie is based on the award winning art work of Roger Dean that was used for the cover of legendary prog-rock band Yes.
12.20pm Lunch
1.20pm The Real Deal
Realtime UK has been producing photo- realistic computer generated imagery for 10 years. Recently the company has begun working on more character based animation projects. MD Tony Prosser comes to Animex to explain how the company has developed.
2.10pm What's in a face?
In this session, Jeanne Pappas Simon, award-winning animation creator, will present the basics of face reading as they relate to animators and how they can use face reading to create characters that are absolutely in sync with the script.
3.00pm Break
3.20pm The Digital Domain
Digital Domain is the five time Academy Award Winning Studio for best visual effects, and technical achievement, currently working on numerous films including Steven Speilberg and Clint Eastwood's Flags of our Fathers. Oscars and BAFTAs are part of the furniture at the studio and Animex gets the chance to see just how some of their work was done with Rachelle Lewis, Digital Domain's Manager of Artistic Recruitment.
4.10pm Animating Believable Characters
Creating memorable and believable characters is something PIXAR have become renowned for. PIXAR's Mark Walsh joins us at Animex once again to demonstrate how he weaves his magic.
5.30pm Close
8.00pm Animex Festival Party
Venue: University of Teesside Students' Union
The festival party to topple all others. Swing in a Northern style 'til the early hours.