Animation VFX students in Feature Film development.

Left to right - Katie, Leonie, Giacomo, Kathy, Director Guillaume Miquel, Beverley, discuss test footage.

Animation and Visual Effects (VFX) student concept artists have been working with 24 directors and producers from all over the world at a Cross Channel Film Lab (CCFL) workshop bringing together screenwriting, technology and production design at the early stage of feature film development.
Kathy Nicholls, Senior Lecturer, said: "Students, Giacomo Ghigo, Lokii Raine, Katie Wyman, Beverly Charoensap and Leonie Isaacs acted as creative consultants, working alongside lecturing staff and VFX industry professionals to help advise directors and producers on how they could utilise visual effects in their films."
Student Giacomo said: "This was a simulated work environment and it was great to be asked for our opinions. I found the hands-on approach of sketching out the directors' ideas to be a very engaging experience."
Katie added: "I enjoyed meeting people from the film industry and getting a sense of their creative process. The workshop was quite relaxed and there didn't even appear to be a great gulf between us students and the directors. They seemed to genuinely value our input and were open to new ideas."
Feedback on the students' work from all the CCFL participants has been enthusiastic and plans are afoot for more student involvement of this nature at the next CCFL workshop at Falmouth.

The Cross Channel Film Lab is a project that brings together screenwriting, technology and production design ideas at an early stage to develop brave, original European feature films that innovate in their use of Stereo 3D and/or VFX. It is a collaborative partnership between Le Groupe Ouest in France, Falmouth University and Creative England.
Falmouth lecturer Georg Finch demonstrates CG footage.

Photographs © Andreas Sterzing 


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