World-class artists, inspirational artwork and groundbreaking technology – Bournemouth is the place to be this October for BFX
BFX Festival is back for 2018
when you think of visual effects, blockbuster movies, Hollywood and A-list actors spring to mind, right? not a little seaside resort on the south coast of england. But when it comes to VFX, animation and gaming, Bournemouth is one of the hottest places to be. not only is it home to the Bournemouth university and its world-class national Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA), it’s also where the university gathers some of the world’s leading artists for its annual BFX Festival.
A three-day event, the BFX Festival celebrates everything visual effects and CGI. Returning for its sixth year, this looks set to be the biggest and best one yet, with the 2018 event boasting a seriously impressive line-up of artists, screenings, workshops and more.
if you’re a Star Wars fan, then there’s a fantastic treat in store as artist Julian Foddy, takes the stage to discuss his role working as VFX supervisor on Solo: A Star Wars Story.
if rigging is your thing, don’t miss mpc’s rigging technical director James Hood discuss anatomical rigging for feature films, while lead crowd technical director mikael Pettersén teaches a masterclass on crowds in production.
Blue Zoo’s tom Box and Dane winn will also be in attendance, taking an in-depth look at their BAFTA award-nominated short Mamoon, while concept artist and director izzy Burton teaches how to bring environments to life and series animation director Bader Badruddin runs through an Animdojo workout.
VFX veteran Ari Rubenstein will be showing off his 15-minute short film The Blues Crab for the first time, while Animated women uk returns with a panel celebrating the success of women in animation.
And if all that wasn’t enough to whet your appetite, artists from Disney Animations will also be at the festival, showcasing concept artwork and never-before-seen glimpses of the second Wreck It Ralph instalment, Ralph Breaks The Internet.
masterclasses from the likes of Criterion Games, Loish, Flipped normals and ed Hooks will also feature at the festival.
BFX festival director sofronis efstathiou said, “each year we are delighted to welcome talented artists
we are delighted to welcome talented artists and professionals from around the world Sofronis Efstathiou, BFX festival director
and professionals from around the world to come and share their secrets, tips and techniques on how the latest Hollywood blockbusters are made, and this year is no exception. At the BFX Festival, we’ll have genuine insight into how some of the best films from the last 12 months have been made – this is a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how your favourite films and games are put together, and something not to be missed.”
Bournemouth university takes full advantage of bringing all these experts together, organising an annual competition alongside the festival as they work together to create a short film for charity for the BFX Competition.
For seven weeks, eight student teams from six universities have worked to a creative brief, gaining vital skills to prepare them for industry under the watchful eye of industry mentors from major VFX companies including Framestore, Double negative, MPC and Jellyfish Pictures.
“the BFX Competition is a chance for some of the best young animators and visual effects artists to come together and create something special for one of our charities,” says efstathiou. “in previous years, we’ve been so impressed with their work, as have the mentors, with some of the competitors going on to land jobs at top visual effects companies. this year we are expecting the same level of commitment and skill as the teams work hard to create something unique, which showcases the charities we are working with and tests the full range of their visual effects skills.”
with advice from world-class artists, inspirational artwork and groundbreaking technology, there really is something for everyone at BFX.
MPC returns to BFX with a talk and masterclass
BFX 2017 saw world-class speakers
Creative Assembly’s talk at BFX 2017
outpost VFX mentored this year’s competition
Ari Rubenstein also returns to BFX 2018