The VFX festival developed by Escape Studios, part of Pearson College London recently hosted its fifth annual event at the east London venue – Rich Mix studios.
Workshops and seminars took place across two days which included speakers and participants from far and wide working across the games, animation and graphics industries.
Our Studio use VFX in our animations so two of our artists took time out from their usual schedules to visit this very popular annual event and even managed to squeeze in some BBQ ribs and beer afterwards!
It was an opportunity to hear about the latest industry techniques and software which was being showcased by experts in the field – here are their highlights from the day…
Marc Cohen (Our Studio Senior 3D Artist) – what was your festival highlight?
“Supporting The Crown – a talk by VFX Supervisor Ben Turner…
It was great to see hear and see first-hand how companies are exploring VFX techniques and specialist software to achieve amazing results!
After recently shooting in a green screen studio for a commercial CGI project, it was interesting to see how green screen and VFX is utilized on big budget TV Dramas to achieve things that aren’t possible with traditional methods of filming on location.
For example, during a talk from the VFX supervisor on the Netflix hit series The Crown – we heard how buildings such as Buckingham palace were re-created in CGI and then composited into film footage – a process that we use in our animations. It was great to hear about the production pipeline on a project of this scale and gave us ideas about how to approach our animations production in the future.”
James Brown (Our Studio Senior Artist and Production Manager) – what was your festival highlight?
“A personal highlight was meeting the guys behind -Houdini / Side FX software. (They provide artists with procedural 3D animation and VFX tools designed to create the highest-quality cinematic results).
They gave us some great ideas about looking at other pieces of software which we could introduce to our pipeline to create some great effects and visuals.”
If you would like to discuss an animation project please get in touch with the studio as we would be happy to chat through your project!