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LIAF presents the 2022 UK Animation Industry Event – seven 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 a look into the minds of some of the most creative forces making music videos in the 2020’s, a discussion on the career paths of women in the industry over the last decades, where AI Generated Imagery might be going, whether animation can be a viable and satisfying career for people who are neurodiverse, what the Metaverse might offer animators and can animation be a business as well as an artform.
For anyone currently working in the film and animation industry, thinking of working in the industry or just plain curious, these seven talks are indispensable.
The panels will be chaired by Saint John Walker, Dean/Director of Industry Engagement at Escape Studios, Julian Scott, animation consultant at Film London and Dara McGarry, Director of Outreach at DNEG Animation.
LIAF 2022: UK Animation Industry Event Session 7 – Keeping it Reel
How do you develop and keep your style and passion for animation when you become commercial and do what you love for a living? Are clients always wanting you to repeat your last work? How do you keep your style fresh and come up with surprising new imagery? We ask a range of animators working in pop promos and shorts who have developed their own unique look and processes to tell us how they balance the commercial imperative with time for experimentation, play and research and keep sane!
Moderator: Saint John Walker, Dean/Director of Industry Engagement at Escape Studios
Saint 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 and chair for several years, 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.
Tony directs animation from Crystal Palace and Bali. He graduated from the Royal College of Art and has made many exciting works with Google, The BBC and Netflix. He does art when he can and is the face of a Door manufacturer in North East China called Sibling Wood.
Chris is a Belgian director who lives and works in London. After graduating in Brussels, Chris completed his masters degree in London at Central St-Martins with distinction. He then started working as a stop motion animator. A few years on, he transitioned to directing working on high-end commercials and his music videos are known for their bold, creative and playful character which have earned him multiple awards in festivals across the globe. Chris continues to experiment with his multi-disciplinary skills in order to find fresh, weird and exciting projects.