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World-class artists, in­spi­ra­tional art­work and ground­break­ing tech­nol­ogy – Bournemouth is the place to be this Oc­to­ber for BFX

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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

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