Programme

A festival for students currently studying within higher education and young professionals whom are looking to kick start a career in the creative industries.

The festival will be filled with inspiring talks, panel discussions and an exhibition zone and will be hosted on Wednesday, 6 February - Thursday, 7 February 2019 at Southbank Centre - the world-famous arts venue located on the South Bank of the Thames in London.

Day 1

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

08:30
Doors Open

08:30 - 16:00
Exhibition Zone Open

09:00 - 09:15
Welcome / Opening Talk - Ian Palmer, Dean Escape Studios 

09:15 - 10:00
The Journey of Digital Doubles in Netflix’s The Innocents | Jellyfish Pictures
>> Dave Cook, Head of 3D; Jeremy Booth, Compositing Colour Pipeline TD; Jason Hayes, 2D Lead

10:15 - 11:00
Magic for Massive Battles in Total War: WARHAMMER II | Creative Assembly
>> Steph Anderson, VFX Artist

11:15 - 12:00
‘From Gnomes to Robots’ – The variety of work that happens at The Mill | The Mill

  • Chair: Maya Lad – Talent Acquisition and Simon Devereux, Group Head of L&D The Mill
  • Nicola Gilbert – 3D Artist  
  • Sid Harrington-Odera - VFX Supervisor 
  • Kieran Jordan – 3D Artist 
  • Vicky McIntyre – 3D Artist 
  • Bethan Williams – 3D Artist 
  • Ash Tilley– Modelling & Texturing 
  • Alfie Vaughan – 2D Apprentice

12:45 - 13:30
Panel Discussion:  Careers and recruitment - Games | Supported by Access VFX and WeAreStripes

  • Chair: Simon Fenton, Head of Games Escape Studios
  • Nigel Ang, Technical Art Director at Rare Ltd
  • Mike Christian, Art Director at King
  • Kish Hirani, CTO of Terra Virtua
  • Gina Jackson, Head of Games at The Imaginarium
  • Saul Marchese, Art Director at Climax Studios
  • Tara Saunders, Head of Studio Operations at PlayStation London Studio

13:45 - 14:30
‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7: Orchestrating the Frozen Lake scene | The Third Floor
>> Michelle Blok, Previs Supervisor

14.45 - 15:30
Getting into games - My Journey | Climax Studios
>> Matt Duff, Senior Lead Designer

15:45 - 16:30
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald | Framestore
>> Christian Manz, VFX Supervisor Framestore’s Creative Director, Film

16:30 
Closing and end of the event

Day 2

Thursday, 7 February 2019

08:30
Doors Open

08:30 - 16:00
Exhibition Zone Open

09:00 - 09:15
Welcome / Opening Talk - Ian Palmer, Dean Escape Studios

09:15 - 10:00
MPC Character Lab: An Introduction to Movie Monsters | MPC Film
>> Rebecca Melander, Head of Assets; Damien Guimoneau, Modelling Key Artist

10:15 - 11:00
How we created Virgin ‘Depart The Everyday | ETC
>> Dean Robinson - Head of CG

11:15 - 12:00
Use of RealTime in FX | AXIS Studios
>> Michael Zaman, Realtime Supervisor

12:45 - 13:30

Making Elton John: Digital Faces in 'The Boy and The Piano'  | MPC Advertising

>> Jessie Amadio, VFX Supervisor 

13:45 - 14:30
Panel Discussion: Careers and recruitment - VFX and Animation | Supported by Access VFX

  • Chair: Andrew Brassington Head of Strategic Projects
  • James Cook – Global Head of Talent, DNEG
  • Simon Devereux - Founder and Director, ACCESS: VFX
  • Maya Lad – Talent Acquisition, The Mill
  • Clare Norman – Executive Producer, Milk VFX
  • Paul Wilkes – Global Head of Talent Management, MPC Advertising
  • Tory Wire – Head of People, Union VFX

14.45 - 15:30
The Magic Behind Mamma Mia! Here we go again | UNION VFX
>> Simon Hughes, Creative Director

15:45 - 16:30
The Real-Time Revolution with Blue-Zoo | Blue-Zoo
>> Tom Box, Co-Founder / Managing Director

16:30
Closing and end of the event