No more stories- let’s start building Worlds

(This is a slightly expanded text based on an article I wrote for the April 2018 edition of 3D Artist magazine.) It’s said that when Catherine the Great made a grand tour of the Ukraine in 1787 down the River Dnieper, Prince Grigory Potemkin was so keen to impress her that he ordered fake village…

The forgotten and future history of the Core Skills of VFX Repository

The original vision of an open and accessible online repository of training assets and documentation, raising standards of training in VFX universally, with donations from companies, training organisations and Universities alike seems further off now than a few years ago. What might this say about the industry to learners who want to belong? You’ve probably…

Rubble Trouble: World Building without a hard hat

Before pixels, both Architects and VFX artists were physical model makers. Today, they have each have made the transition to planning and constructing digitally, using similar if not identical software to create hugely detailed virtual environments towards different ends. VFX Course Leader Saint John Walker and Associate Professor in Architecture Jonathan Ellis-Miller have started collaborating…

The 8 (or 9) Studio Habits of VFX

We need to stretch the definition of VFX away from being a ‘guns for hire’ service industry for films to an art that can imagine and build new worlds that exist in their own right. The 8 Studio Habits of Mind can help us do this.