Wednesday, 24 February 2016

What's Happening At The VFX Festival Today?

Framestore will be talking about their work on "Pan".
The 2016 Escape Studios VFX Festival continues today,  taking place at London's O2 until thursday February 25th, and bringing you the latest in VFX, games, animation and motion graphics.

Today we've got some excellent speakers, including Framestore - talking about their awesome work on Pan, MPC talking about The Martian, and Blue Zoo talking animation. 

So let's take a closer look at what's happening in the VFX festival today at the O2...

Day Two
Wednesday 24th February 2016. Today is a day aimed at VFX, Games & Animation Enthusiasts

10:30 am
Climax Studios: The Creative Pre-production of Assassin’s Creed Chronicles
Blue Zoo on animation

10:45 am
Women in Industry Panel
Join some of the female captains of industry to discuss their experiences in getting ahead, and whether women are correctly represented in historically male dominated careers. Featuring:
  • Kati Russell – Play in Progress
  • Lisa Maffi – Bleed VFX
  • Tessa Mapp – Aardman
  • Jenny Richard Saunders – Women in Games
  • Claire Norman – Milk VFX
  • Gina Jackson – NextGen Skills Academy
  • Michelle Blok – The Third Floor
11:45 am
Bluezoo: Keeping an Animation Studio Animated.
Tom Box gives us peek inside Blue Zoo, seeing what drives the Bafta winning animation studio, how they keep creatively motivated and a look at bold new projects in the pipeline.

12:00 pm
MPC Presents: The Out of this World VFX of “The Martian".
A look behind the scenes of this Oscar-nominated VFX heavyweight contender.

12:45 pm
Rushes: Motion Graphics and Digital Storytelling for Spectre.

13:30 pm
Seed Animation: Small Studio Life.

13:45 pm
JM Blay: Motion Graphics Ways.

14:45 pm
Aardvark Swift: Get in the Game.  A careers talk by Sharan Bassi – absolutely vital for anyone looking to get into Games as a career.

15:00 pm
Careers & Recruitment Panel.  Come and learn what talent the top London studios are looking for, and what you need to do to get yourself ahead in industry.

16:00 pm
HaZ: Using VFX to create proof of concepts.  Hasraf ‘HaZ’ Dulull talks on the key role that visually stunning FX plays in convincing big studios to green-light your feature film.

16:30 pm
Framestore presents: Work on Pan. Behind-the-scenes of 2015's epic 3D film- Pan, with one of the UK's leading film VFX studios and festival industry partner, Framestore.

To see the full schedule, follow this link.

And to give you a flavour of what the Festival will be like, below is a panel talk on careers in VFX from the 2015 Festival, featuring a discussion of what it takes to break into the industry.

VFX is a constantly changing landscape. Last year's "big thing" is this year's old news. So come along, and find out about the latest trends in our industry.

To see some of the recent work done by students at Escape studios, watch the video below. My personal favourite is the shot of London's BT Tower coming down, made by Escapee Michael Battcock - it's the last shot on the reel. Skip forward if you're in a hurry!

The Escape Studios Animation Blog offers a personal view on the art of animation and visual effects. To apply for our new BA/MA starting in September 2016, follow this link.  

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