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LIAF’s First Industry Event begins tomorrow

LIAF Skillset

LIAF have been wanting to bring you an industry event for a while now, so we’re very pleased to be dipping our toes into new territory and adding an extra dimension to our Festival. Skillset have joined us to organise our first Animation Industry Event and we’ve got all-manner of topics being covered, by special guests from a wide range of very different areas. Each of them are ready to impart their knowledge and answer your questions in four carefully chosen panel sessions.

The first session begins tomorrow (Friday 2nd) at 10:00 at the Barbican. Tickets  can be booked by calling the Barbican box office on 0845 120 7527

Continual Professional Development

Fri 2 Sept, 10:00 – 12:30

As Easy As CPD – Continual Professional Development and Training in Animation – You’ve got in, now get on.

An interactive panel-led discussion exploring the importance of keeping skills up to date in the fast moving games and animation industries, funding opportunities for freelancers and ongoing training opportunities for improving employment prospects. With the internet and self-tuition books learning’s never been easier; but how do you know what’s really going to help you progress? Can you really be totally self taught these days?

Speakers: Helen Nabarro (Head of Animation Direction, National Film and TV School), Joan Ashworth (Head of Animation, Royal College of the Arts), Richard Barnett (Trunk Studios), Paul Wilkes (Escape Studios).

Chair: St.John Walker (Skillset)

Software Beware?

Fri 2 Sept, 14:00 – 16:30

Confused over the array of software options to develop your project? This session will discuss and contrast industry standard software to help you get the right look for your project, but it’ll also look at the animators who use software in innovative ways and push the medium. On the flipside one of the UKs most respected VFX companies will say what they use to get the job out the door- and how they inventively mix software to achieve amazing imagery. What free or open source options are out there? How easy do the software companies make it to learn and get licenses for limited periods? Is software ‘in the cloud’ the answer to all our dreams?

Speakers: Louise Hussey & Matt Lawrence (Rushes Post-Production), Rob Bradbrook (animator), Martyn Pick (animator) Martin Parsons (Double Negative), Andy Blazdell (CelAction)
Chair: Saint John Walker (Skillset)

Making Animation Work – Animation Beyond Telly

Sat 3rd Sept, 10:00  – 12:30

Who else uses animation in their professions? This session will showcase the use of animation in other industries such as science, architecture, therapy, VFX, games and pre-visualisation. How easy is it to defect from one field to another? As TV animation work shrinks, what are the boom areas now and in the future?

Speakers: Melanie Hani (therapist), Eleanor Bowen-Jones (NHS), Guy Midgley (Ninja Theory), David Bryan (VFX –Nvizible), Hugh Macdonald (VFX–Nvizible)
Chair: Saint John Walker (Skillset)

Sound In The Frame

Sat 3 Sept, 14:00 – 16:30

Anyone who works in animation knows the impact sound and music makes to an animated project – but just how important are their contribution in the making of an animated film? This session will be a general discussion, with examples of the influence of these two elements in the creation of an animation project.

Speakers: Mark Ashworth (composer/sound designer), Andrew Barnabas (Bob and Barn), Paul Bush (animation director) Zhe Wu (Sound Designer)
Chair: Larry Sider (School of Sound)