Now in its fifteenth 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.

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.


OL1 Europa Building, Teesside University

Thursday 13 February
Time Talk/Event
8:45am Registration
Foyer of Europa Building
9:45am Welcome
Gabrielle Kent Festival Director
Chris Wyatt Animex Screen
10:00am Right-brain Animator? Left-brain Animator? Really? Discuss.
Ed Hooks Acting Instructor and Author
The traditional animator is to the CG animator as the tabby-cat is to the mountain lion. Both are members of the same Felidae cat family but, beyond that, they are two different kinds of animals. It is a right-brain versus left-brain distinction. The drawing hand of a traditional animator is more directly connected to the heart, empathy and emotional expression; a computer keyboard is as left-brain as a device can be, and most CG animators are selected for their ability to manipulate pixels with that keyboard. Even if you do not fully accept the right-brain vs. left-brain model, you probably
11:00am THE MILL – Show Talk
Mike Chapman Lead 3D artist, Mill London
David Fleet Joint Deputy Head of 3D, Mill London
Thomas Knight Talent co-ordinator, Mill London
The Mill join us for a behind the scenes discussion of their animation and visual effects work on the Lexus Amazing Motion campaign and the fantastic Smithwick’s Squirrel spot.
12:00pm Lunch
1:30pm Recruiters Panel session – Breaking into the industry
Thomas Knight Talent co-ordinator, Mill London
Victoria Long Recruiter, Double Negative
Ben Owen Recruiter, MPC
Shelley Page Head of International Outreach, DreamWorks Animation
Anna Russell Recruitment & Talent Development Manager, Framestore
Samantha Trinder Artist Manager, The Third Floor
Recruiters from several studios join us for a panel discussing how to break into the industry and give advice on the steps you can take to advancing your career. The search for animation and visual effects talent is incredibly competitive and studios are often fishing in the same pool. This panel will look at how recruiters and studio representatives do their work, and just what it is that could help you catch their eye.
2:30pm Break
3:00pm Practically Digital : The Visual Effects of The World's End
Frazer Churchill Visual Effects Supervisor, Double Negative
Double Negative join us for a behind the scenes discussion of their visual effects work on a recent feature film release.
4:00pm The Animation Of Gravity: Creating believable motion in an unbelievable environment.
Liam Russell VFX Animator, Framestore
Liam Russell VFX animator at Framestore takes in depth focus of the animation process for Gravity, from previs through to final shot.
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.
Friday 14 February
Time Talk/Event
9:00am Registration
10:00am Pitching your project, whether it’s a feature film, TV show or game.
Max Howard Max Howard Consulting Group
In this presentation Max Howard will discuss the secrets of putting your best foot forward, how to prepare and present to land that all important deal.
11:00am The Third Floor - From University to Previsualisation
James Burr Previsualisation Artist, The Third Floor
Samantha Trinder Artist Manager, The Third Floor
James Burr discusses his journey from a student at Teesside to a role as a Previsualisation Artist at The Third Floor, along with an overview of about exactly what previsualisation is, its importance and to show some of their work from a variety of feature film projects and commercials.
12:00pm Lunch
1:30pm The “Eye Candy” show.
Shelley Page Head of International Outreach, DreamWorks Animation
A personal selection of some the very best new international short animation films from Shelley Page Head of International Outreach at DreamWorks Animation. Shelley sits on many international film festival and graduation awards juries every year and, in the course of these events, she collects her personal favourites into this special screening - which represents some of the brightest young talents emerging on the international animation scene as well as award-winning work from renowned independent studios around the world. Presented in the current 'Eye Candy' presentation are award-winning pr
2:30pm Break
3:00pm "Twenty-five years after 'Beauty and the Beast' - its enduring design legacy in both 2D and 3D Animation"
Stuart Sumida Professor of Biology, California State University San Bernardino
25 years ago Professor Stuart Sumida delivered his first presentation to an animation audience – the crew of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. That presentation and the material it contained remains a lynchpin component of animation education. This session will consider the importance of that first presentation and the Enduring Influence of its Anatomical Lessons.
4:00pm Frozen: The Character of Cold
Dan Lund Effects Animator, Walt Disney Animation Studios
How do you make cold come alive? Art Directed effects required a collaborative team of artists, engineers and production management to meet the vision of the Directors. Join Dan Lund, Effects Animator, as he shares how the visual development art of Frozen challenged the entire team to bring the idea of cold to reality in new ways. Art combined with the innovation of technology created new characters of cold. From ice to windblown ice, snow, freezing water and a glistening palace of ice, bringing the character of cold to life was a brisk journey of art and innovation.
5:00pm Close

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