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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