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LIAF 2020: UK Animation Industry Event Session 1 – Animation Out in the Open: Animation In Real Time Events ONLINE

December 5, 2020
12:00 pm

LIAF, London International Animation Festival

LIAF presents the 2020 UK Animation Industry Event – four panels giving insider access to some of the hottest topics of the year. We’ve gathered together some of the most passionate, honest and insightful experts from a wide range of different areas and backgrounds who are ready to cover all manner of vital topics to give you much food for thought.

Animation doesn’t stand still; and debates and discussions with animators and creative experts are the best way to get in touch with what’s happening, whether it’s how online animation courses are booming and changing the landscape of the way we teach, the current state of the TV commercial industry, how animation can be used to enhance outdoor events such as projection mapping, public concerts and VJ-ing, and several of the world’s most inspiring filmmakers and animators talking about the sequence of animation that changed them forever.

For anyone currently working in the film and animation industry, thinking of working in the industry or just plain curious, these four talks are indispensable.

The panels will be chaired by Saint John Walker, Deputy Dean/Director at Escape Studios.

With Special Thanks to the Arts Council England

Arts Council England



LIAF 2020: UK Animation Industry Event Session 1 – Animation Out in the Open: Animation In Real Time Events

We think of Animation as being bound to the rectangle of the screen, but with the advent of laptops and powerful and cheap digital projectors it’s now possible to take animation onto the streets, as well as process animated imagery in real time. We talk to VJs and real-time animators about the tools of the trade often seen at Glastonbury, Boomtown, Burning Man, as well as civic celebrations. How might animation students direct their animation skills into projection mapping onto buildings, visuals for public concerts and performance art spaces? We gathered a bunch of VJs and real time CGI experts to tell us more.

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Saint John Walker – Deputy Dean/Director at Escape Studios, the UK’s leading VFX, Games and Animation industry training institution in the heart of London.

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Saint John WalkerSaint is the author of the Core Skills of VFX Handbook and has designed and run VFX courses across the UK. He has been LIAF’s industry panel coordinator for a few years now, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. At Escape he has chaired panel discussions for the annual VFX Festival, and has taken part in many Access:VFX activities online and in person as well as recently interviewing Peter Ramsey, Co-Director of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, for the 2020 View Conference.

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Dan Shutt – We are Midnight

Dan Shutt, We are MidnightDaniel’s early work in architecture included rendering the Sega World amusement attraction in Piccadilly Circus, before moving on to roles within the games industry with tenures at Sierra and Divide By Zero. From there, Daniel worked in post-production for Lost in Space, on projects for 4:2:2, BBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Channel 4 and ITV. He also contributed to the award-winning ‘Honda, Hate’ promo and the ‘Pink Panther’ film.

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Tom Wall – blinkinLAB

Tom Wall, blinkinLABTom Wall is Creative Director of blinkinLAB, a motion graphics design studio he formed in 2006 specialising in creating animated video content for live events including Metallica, The Chemical Brothers, Pet Shop Boys, The Script, Pendulum, Knife Party, Leftfield, Pete Tong, Booka Shade, Charlotte de Witte, Rudimental, Gorgon City and Mala with the Outlook Orchestra. Tom has VJ’ed on UK national television on the ‘Channel 4 House Party’ show, as well as at clubs and festivals around the world including Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Tokyo and Singapore, Glastonbury festival, Sonar Barcelona, Pukkelpop, Outlook and Dimensions amongst countless others.

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Matt Sharp – MoreEyes

Matt Sharp, MoreEyesMatt Sharp is the co-founder of MoreEyes audio-visual production studio based in south-east London. They specialise in content creation, VR/XR, show design, live visuals, AV programming and live streaming. Core clients include artists, festivals and large scale events including J2V the virtual edition of Junction 2 festival, Lost Horizons VR festival, The Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy, Joel Corry, Camelphat, De La Soul and Dizzee Rascal.

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Andy Ellis – Fade In Fade Out (FIFO)

Andy Ellis, Fade In Fade Out (FIFO)Andy is part of Fade In Fade Out (FIFO) – live visual artists from London who have created and performed bespoke experiences for DJs, musicians, producers, festivals, and live events from all over the globe. He uses a mix of traditional motion graphic techniques and real time production methods and has performed at festivals such as Ultra Music Festival, Glastonbury, Creamfields and We Are FSTVL. They have also  brought experiential brand experiences to life for Desperados, Playstation, Nokia, Ford and Three.

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Federico Petrei and Fay – Deltaprocess

Federico Petrei and Fay - DeltaprocessDeltaprocess is a multimedia art collective from Italy specialising in video-mapping, visuals design, VJ-ing, stage design, interactive installations, and multimedia performances. They have performed at many art and music festivals around the world since 2009 such as Glastonbury, Boom Town Fair, Boom Festival, Modem, Ozora and Hilltop Goa, utilising architectural and environmental projection mapping techniques. Some of the musical acts that Deltaprocess have worked with are Chemical Brothers, Trentemøller, Carl Craig, 1200 Micrograms, Space Tribe, Avalon, Astrix and Shpongle.

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Joris Corthout – Prismax

Joris CorthoutJoris has 20 years of experience in visual entertainment, creating custom visual content for every type of event. He knows exactly how to build suspense, how to work a crowd of whichever size and how to design the most awe-inspiring visual creations. Past years he has been responsible for the videocontent creation and timecode shows at the infamous Tomorrowland festival, musicals like Disney’s The Little Mermaid and many projects in the Middle East, like the launch of Vogue Arabia in Qatar. He was also responsible for the digital version of Tomorrowland and is currently working on the Belgian Pavillion for the Dubai World Expo 2021 and the digital Tomorrowland venue Naoz, which will launch at new year’s eve.

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