Oscar Winning VFX Supervisor and co-founder of Milk VFX, joins the Escape Studios Advisory Board

Sara Bennett, VFX Supervisor and co-founder of Milk VFX, a multi-award winning, independent visual effects company, joins the Escape Studios Advisory Board.

The Escape Studios Advisory Board is a board of industry experts, selected to influence support and contribute to the development and delivery of Escape Studios' undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, as well as Escape’s range of short courses. The Board was established as part of Escape’s commitment to ensure that the pipeline of future talent obtains the right experience whilst learning and to also ensure that Escape’s students graduate with the strongest set of relevant and desirable skills that will match industry requirements and set them apart from other candidates.

Sara became the second-ever female VFX Oscar winner when she received a 2016 Academy Award for best visual effects in Alex Garland’s feature Ex-Machina, for which she also received a BAFTA Film Award nomination. Sara’s VFX and 2D Supervisor credits at Milk also include Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise, The Martian (20th Century Fox), Poltergeist (Fox/MGM), The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Brett Ratner’s Hercules (Paramount/MGM), Dracula Untold (Universal), Sherlock (BBC/Hartswood) and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (BBC).

Prior to the launch of Milk in 2013, Sara was Head of 2D at Mill TV & Film for seven years. During this time Sara worked as VFX Supervisor on feature films including Les Miserables, Dredd 3D; The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Walden Media / 20th Century Fox) and Jordan Scott’s directorial debut, Cracks (Scott Free).

Sara is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, BAFTA and the Visual Effects Society.

The Advisory Board is chaired by Escape Studios founder, Dom Davenport and is a meeting of minds, bringing leaders from the VFX, Animation and Games industries together. Sara joins a number of other leading artists, as the Board also includes Paul Franklin, Double Negative; Charlie Bayliss, Framestore; Diarmid Harrison-Murray, MPC; Tara Saunders, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE); Eamonn Butler, Cinesite; Adam Dewhirst, The Mill; Juan Salazar, The Foundry; Amy Smith, Framestore; James Sindle, ETC; Shelly Page, Dreamworks Animation; Kevin Spruce, Framestore; Lee Danskin, Escape Technology; Dan Gray, Us Two; Alistair Hope, Creative Assembly; Pete Ridgeway, Rare; Mike Bithell, Mike Bithell Games; Luke Whittaker, State of Play; Philip Hunt, Studio AKA; Ollie Davis, Aardman; Tom Box, Blue Zoo; Patrick Burgoyne, Creative Review; Max Howard, Max Howard Consulting; Neil Riley, Passion Pictures and Phil Dobree, Jellyfish. The Advisory Board role also includes panel debate contribution at the annual VFX Festival, participation in round-table discussions and the leading of exclusive talks for students.

The whole Escape Studios team is delighted to welcome Sara to the Advisory Board and is confident that her contribution will be of great benefit to drive the pipeline of future talent within the creative industries.

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Escape Studios
A university education, powered by industry experience.

We’re pioneering the next wave of visual effects artists, animators and game developers by transforming higher education. Industry engagement is at the core of everything that we do, it’s why we do things differently and it’s what sets us apart.

We harness the expertise and relentless creativity of award-winning artists, developers and studios, through our unique degree concept teams (DCTs), to design, develop and deliver our degree programmes. We set our students industry-designed briefs, so they gain experience of responding to real-world scenarios during their studies. We also help them to build their professional networks; they’re taught by well-connected industry experts that have worked on the likes of The Dark Knight, the Lion King and Harry Potter, plus games for multiple PlayStation titles, so they get a real insight into the creative industries. We work with an Advisory Board of industry experts from the likes of Framestore, MPC, Cinesite, Double Negative, Dreamworks Animation and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe who support the development of our programmes and support aspiring talent.

Our students get to make beautiful things, develop a craft and have an extraordinary experience alongside their academic studies, so they don’t just graduate with a degree, they also leave with an awesome showreel to boot.

Our 4000+ alumni (dubbed ‘Escapees’) include BAFTA and Oscar winners; many have gone on to work on VFX blockbusters like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Jungle Book, Dr Strange, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Captain America: Civil War, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ex Machina, Interstellar and Gravity. They’ve also worked on bestselling games (Assassin’s Creed and Forza Horizon), award winning adverts and some have even set-up their own studios.

Industry engagement drives us; it’s not just what we do, it’s who we are. And it is what will take us, and our students, into the future.

Milk VFX

Milk is an Academy, Emmy and BAFTA award-winning independent visual effects company with studios in London and Cardiff. In just four years Milk has created an impressive range of innovative sequences for high-end television and feature films. These include Warner Bros., Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire and High-Rise, Ex-Machina, The Martian, Everest, Poltergeist, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Brett Ratner’s Hercules and Sherlock (BBC/Hartswood), Doctor Who (BBC), Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (BBC), Class (BBC), The Last Dragonslayer (Sky), Thunderbirds Are Go (ITV), Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands (ITV) and David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D. Milk recently collaborated with the New Reality Company (Giant) on “Tree” a VR film and installation created for Sundance Film Festival and feature at TriBeca and NAB in April.

The 2016 awards season delivered Oscar, BAFTA and Emmy recognition for Milk. Milk co-founder and VFX Supervisor Sara Bennett won an Oscar for Ex-Machina at the 88th Academy Awards this year, becoming the second woman ever to win a VFX Oscar. Milk won an Emmy Award for the BBC/Masterpiece’s Sherlock: The Abominable Bride. The studio has also won three consecutive BAFTA Television Craft Awards for Doctor Who (2014 and 2015) and for Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell in 2016 and received seven nominations.