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The VFX Festival Emerging Talent (part of The VFX Festival 2021)

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The VFX Festival Emerging Talent (part of The VFX Festival 2021) will take place online on Tuesday, 9th March and Thursday, 11th March 2021

The VFX Festival Emerging Talent is addressed to students currently studying within Higher or Further Education and professionals.

The festival will be filled with inspiring talks, panel discussions, bite-size presentations, careers and recruitment opportunities.

The ‘Marketplace’ which runs alongside The VFX Festival Emerging Talent will provide great opportunity for attendees to meet studios and hear about their work, as well as open or upcoming vacancies .


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About The VFX Festival 2021

Hosted by Escape Studios, The VFX Festival returns in 2021 and will celebrate the theme of ‘limitless creativity’ in the visual effects, animation, games and motion graphics industries.

The virtual festival will begin in March and will feature insight into award-winning productions, inspiring expert-led presentations, careers advice, as well as the latest trends, technology, and innovation from around the world.

Each year the festival brings together an awesome creative community, allowing emerging talent to explore the best of the creative industries and gives opportunities for professionals to expand their knowledge.

There are three exciting areas to this year's festival:

  • The VFX Festival Emerging Talent
  • The VFX Festival EDU
  • The VFX Festival Virtual Series

Information about each part of the festival can be found at thevfxfestival.com


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The VFX Festival Emerging Talent Programme*

What to expect?

  • Learn from studio professionals during inspiring talks
  • Get the latest industry news through selection of presentations
  • Hear careers tips and advice during panel discussions
  • Hear about recruitment opportunities and jobs at the newest addition to the festival called 'Marketplace'
  • Meet and network with artists and recruiters

Tuesday, 9th March 2021

12.00 - 12.30 Marketplace: Meet Industrial Light & Magic

12.25 - 12.30 Welcome remarks | Dr. Ian Palmer, Director at Escape Studios

12.30 - 13.30 Making a stylised short in Blender with purpose | Mark Spokes, Animator and Short Director & Grant Berry, Art Director at Blue Zoo

13.30 - 14.00 Marketplace: Meet Blue Zoo

14.00 - 15.00 The Last Kingdom, Season 4 VFX - BlueBolt’s Battles, Blood and Extensive Environments | Richard Frazer, VFX Supervisor at BlueBolt

15.00 - 15.30 Marketplace: Meet The Third Floor

15.30 - 16.30 Panel Discussion 'How to start in VFX and animation?'

  • Andrew Brassington, Head of Talent Development at Escape Studios (Chair)
  • Henry Bull, Head of Recruitment at Framestore
  • Melissa Spiezia, Global Talent Acquisition and Partnership Manager at The Focus
  • Lauren Barnes, Senior Talent Resourcer at Blue Zoo
  • Sara-Laila Francis, Talent Acquisition Specialist at Blue Zoo
  • Chloe Campbell, Recruiter at Foundry
  • Harriet Edge-Partington, Union VFX
  • Clare Norman, Business Development Director / Executive Producer at milk VFX
  • Davi Stein, Technical Trainer at Industrial Light & Magic

16.30 - 17.00 Marketplace: Meet Union VFX

17.00 - 18.00 Concept Art - Behind the Pipeline | Mai Anh Tran, Concept Artist; Florence Durante, Concept Artist; Deak Ferrand, Concept Artist

18.30 - 19.30 Q&A with Roger Guyett, VFX Supervisor moderated by Saint John Walker, Deputy Dean / Director at Escape Studios

Marketplace schedule (Tuesday, 9th March)

The ‘Marketplace’ which runs alongside The VFX Festival Emerging Talent will provide great opportunity for attendees to meet studios and hear about their work, as well as open or upcoming vacancies. Live sessions with studios representatives are scheduled between talks and presentations to provide you a chance to experience full programme of the event.

12.00 Meet Industrial Light & Magic

13.30 Meet Blue Zoo

15.00 Meet The Third Floor

16.30 Meet Union VFX

Thursday, 11th March 2021

10.55 - 11.00 Welcome remarks | Dr. Ian Palmer, Director at Escape Studios

11.00 - 12.00 A walk through of the VFX work on the Smyths Toy’s Commercial | Harin Hirani, Head of 3D at FreeFolk

12.00 - 12.30 Marketplace: Meet DNEG

12.30 - 13.30 Arm & Hammer - A breakdown of the animation process and techniques used |Chris Welsby, Senior Animator at Moving Picture Company (MPC)

13.30 - 14.00 Marketplace: Meet The Focus

14.00 - 15.00 Developing Outcasters

  • Neil Alphonso is the Studio Creative Director at Splash Damage (moderator)
  • Matt Jones, Associate Technical Artist
  • Rachael Tarr, Associate Audio Designer
  • Owen Ruddle, Associate Gameplay Programmer
  • Javi Galvan, Technical Designer
  • Alice Forbes, FX Artist at Splash Damage

15.00 - 15.30 Marketplace: Meet NVIZ

15.30 - 16.30 Panel Discussion 'How to start in games?'

  • Andrew Brassington, Head of Talent Development at Escape Studios (Chair)
  • Katherine Bidwell, Founder at State of Play Games
  • Des Gayle, Founder at Alterdgene
  • David Paget, Senior Concept Artists at Sumo Digital
  • Saul Marchese, Art Director at Climax

16.30 - 17.00 Marketplace: Meet Foundry

17.00 - 18.00 Session and studio to be announced shortly

18.00 - 18.30 Marketplace: Meet Climax Studios

18.00 - 19.00 Q&A with Kris Pearn, Director (in collaboration with VIEW Conference) Moderated by Saint John Walker, Deputy Dean / Director at Escape Studios

Marketplace schedule (Thursday, 11th March)

The ‘Marketplace’ which runs alongside The VFX Festival Emerging Talent will provide great opportunity for attendees to meet studios and hear about their work, as well as open or upcoming vacancies. Live sessions with studios representatives are scheduled between talks and presentations to provide you a chance to experience full programme of the event.

12.00 Meet DNEG

13.30 Meet The Focus

15.00 Meet NVIZ

16.30 Meet Foundry

18.00 Meet Climax Studios

*Please note the programme is subject to change

Please keep an eye on this page, thevfxfestival.com and follow #VFXFestival on social media for updates.

NOTE: Due to exclusive content, the sessions will not be available to watch after the event. All our sessions are delivered live.

Partners

ArtStation

ArtStation is a community that was shaped with the goal of empowering artists and creating opportunities for success. As a one-stop-shop for artists, ArtStation provides you with a simple, yet powerful way to show your portfolio and be seen by the right people in the industry. Users can showcase their portfolio, monetize their work through digital or print-on-demand products, learn to improve their craft through courses, and find jobs.

ACCESS:VFX

ACCESS:VFX is a global, industry-led, non-profit comprised of 40 leading companies, industry bodies and educational establishments in the VFX, animation and games industries. It focuses on actively pursuing and encouraging inclusion, diversity, awareness and opportunity under its four pillars of Inspiration, Education, Mentoring and Recruitment. ‍

FAQs

When is The VFX Festival Emerging Talent taking place?

Tuesday, 9th March 2021 and Thursday, 11th March 2021

Where is The VFX Festival Emerging Talent taking place?

The VFX Festival Emerging Talent will take place online

Is the content available on-demand after the event?

Due to exclusive content of the sessions will not be available to watch after the event. All our sessions are delivered live only.

Are there any minimum age requirements to attend the event?

This part of The VFX Festival is addressed to students within higher education (18+ years old) and professionals.

Please visit thevfxfestival.com to learn about other The VFX Festival events such The VFX Festival EDU, addressed to school and college students under 18 years old.

 

What's the refund policy?

Please note that we will not be able to refund any tickets.

 

How do I access the event?

After registration you will receive e-ticket as a proof of your booking. Every attendee will receive unique link two days before the event. This link will allow you to join an online event.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact vfxfestival@escapestudios.com

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