Did you know that many of the amazing CGI (computer generated images) scenes in The Martian, The Jungle Book, Star Wars, ExMachina, Inception and Gravity were all created here in the UK? Or that the UK is the largest games development market in Europe? Discover more about these creative industries and how they interact with science with Yen Yau (Talent Development Manager for Into Film) and Fee Stewart (Director of Game Makers Yorkshire).
This talk is aimed at year 12 and year 13 students studying Physics.
The creative industries are one of the UK’s great strengths. British films, video games, animation and high end television are enjoyed by audiences around the world. According to the latest statistics, the creative economy as a whole employs 1 in 12 jobs across the UK. Companies and industries like LEGO, Sky TV, The Royal Mint, medicine, space engineering, architecture and product design all use similar software and so the skills are transferable to other sectors.
Skills Fusion is a national careers outreach programme that highlights the STEM and computer programming skills shortages the VFX, games, animation and associated industries face. There are many job opportunities but very often students will not realise that much of what they see on the big screen has been created here in the UK and not Hollywood, or how important science is to make what we see realistic, so we can suspend our disbelief.
Yen Yau (Talent Development Manager – Into Film) and Fee Stewart (Director of Game Makers Yorkshire), will give an overview to these sectors and how they intersect science; describe how to pick the best industry endorsed courses and what and where the job opportunities are; as well as pointing out what subjects and skills students need to develop to get noticed. The talk will also include some short film clips.
Print resources will be provided, as well as signposting to useful related websites.
The talk will be taking place in the Department of Physics at the University of York in room P/L/002, A map of the campus can be found here. Pay & Display parking is available nearby.