From the 4th -13th November, London’s leading VFX training institution, Escape Studios, hosted the 2013 VFX Festival. The two weeks brought together the very best of visual effects talent, including the biggest names within the industry, to celebrate and applaud the ideas, people and tools shaping the breathtaking world of visual effects we know today.
The VFX festival strove to commemorate 10 years of British Visual effects, raise awareness of a lively industry and to encourage and inspire more people to consider visual effects as a possible career option.
I was extremely fortunate to attend not one, but two events. The first; a workshop mentored by renowned cartoonist and animator Alex Williams. With an alarming 25 years of commercial experience, Alex gave us an insightful crash-course into character animation with Autodesk’s powerful 3d platform Maya.
The second; was an exclusive Framestore presentation on the VFX behind Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, arguably the VFX spectacle of the year!
Framestore’s CG Sequence Supervisor Stuart Penn, Compositing Supervisor Anthony Smith and Earth Supervisor Kyle McCulloch presented an in-depth look at the extraordinary and meticulous craftsmanship involved in making Gravity possible. Covering everything from pre-visual animation, through to techniques specifically developed to simulate the illusion of zero gravity.
Source: The VFX Festival