Young people (and dragons) to star in their own VFX films

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Young people from seven upwards will create visual effects including monsters and dragons, using cutting-edge technology, at The Big Bang fair in London with expert guidance from Creative Skillset, The Mill and Framestore.

The event, which takes place at ExCeL London from 14 – 17 March, is a celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for seven to 19 year olds. Creative Skillset, together with leading UK visual effects (VFX) companies The Mill and Framestore, are bringing a VFX Green Screen Lab where young people can dress up and feature in their own short film sequences.

Award-winning VFX Supervisor Hugo Guerra, joint Head of Nuke at The Mill, will show the young people how to use exciting green screen technology to add VFX dragons and monsters to their films, and then watch themselves on screen.

In addition to creating VFX films, youngsters, their teachers and parents will be able to pick up information and resources about careers in the UK VFX industry. This includes details of the skills needed for specific roles, such as an understanding of science, maths and art.

Creative Skillset’s has produced a series of excellent VFX careers videos, which provide a real insight into working in the VFX industry. These will be available at the event or can be watched online at www.creativeskillset.org/VFX15 or /VFX10.

The Next Gen review by Ian Livingstone and Alex Hope, commissioned by Government, highlighted that there is a lack of job-ready graduates entering the VFX industry, and also that the industry is set to double in the next five years. The Creative Skillset Film Skills Fund as part of A Bigger Future 2 looks to address these issues through a range of training, events, and by developing resources for both students and course tutors. For more information see www.creativeskillset.org/VFX.

Creative Skillset, The Mill and Framestore will be at The Big Bang fair, stand SA4, with the VFX Green Screen Lab from 14 – 17 March.

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