Sunday, 13 March 2011


No, I haven't won a BAFTA.... But I did attend a brilliant event at BAFTA the other day called VFX Advantage!

It was a day packed full of great advice from some of the best visual effects companies in the world. Speakers included Double Negative (Quantum of Solace, Green Zone) Framestore (Avatar, The Dark Knight, Sherlock Holmes) MPC (The Wolfman, The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of The Dawn Treader) and many more.

We were given an insight into how some of the effects are created, what it is like to work in the industry and how to approach visual effects in our own projects.

Some of the FX we saw were incredible, not to mention the technology. I was lucky enough to have a go at using one of the 'cameras' used to capture the performances in Avatar and the forth coming Spielberg film TinTin.

It took a few moments to get used to but was basically like playing with an Xbox controller, something I am very familiar with thanks to Halo Reach on Xbox Live! That's not me in the picture by the way, that's the fellow who had a go after I finally handed it over.

The highlight of the day however has to be the talk by Gareth Edwards & Colin Goudie. Gareth is the Writer / Director of the hugely successful 'Monsters' a Sci-Fi film for which he created all the vfx himself and Colin was the man who edited all the footage and added all the sound to make it one of the most exciting debut films for a long time. All in all, their talk was inspirational stuff and has left me in no doubt of the possibilities when it comes to creating highly ambitious and visually stunning films on a budget.

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