Still image showing two floating robots in a workshop setting, taken from the 'Quick Fix' trailer created during the Blue Zoo x NextGen Virtual Animation Studio Bootcamp in November 2021. Images of Blue Zoo, NextGen and Ufi VocTech Trust logos.

A Deeper Dive into VFX events

Welcome to the second instalment of our immersive series of VFX Events! Dive deeper into the captivating world of visual effects with our upcoming workshop sessions.

Join us for these exclusive opportunities to experience first-hand what it takes to work in the VFX industry. Through hands-on guidance from a seasoned VFX artist, you'll delve into the intricacies of creating stunning visual effects scenes using industry-standard software.

During each workshop, you'll gain valuable insights into the techniques used by professionals and discover how to apply them to your own projects. Whether you're a seasoned enthusiast or just curious about VFX, this session is designed to inspire and ignite your passion for visual storytelling.

Taking place at Westminster Kingsway College and Barnet and Southgate College, the idea is to help you try out some cool techniques to see if VFX is right for you!

We'll be using publicly available assets, so you’ll be able to take your creations away with you if you provide a memory stick.

Who should attend:

  • Creative students eager to explore the world of VFX and try their hand at creating captivating visual effects images.
  • Aspiring VFX artists seeking guidance and inspiration from industry experts
  • Attendees should have basic knowledge and some experience of using either Nuke or Maya. These workshops are not suitable for complete beginners.

As these are a taster workshops they are not intended for those already working in the VFX industry.

Limited spaces available:

This is a free event, but spaces are extremely limited! We kindly request that only those who meet the criteria mentioned above attend.

To ensure that more people have an opportunity to attend we ask that you only book onto one workshop, any double bookings will be deleted. Thank you for your understanding. Find out more and reserve your space below.

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Work in progress image of a conveyor belt animated asset created using Blender.
Above: Rafal Kaniewski, Compositing Supervisor and 2D TD, ex DNEG, MPC, Goodbye Kansas

Meet your workshop hosts: Rafal Kaniewski

Rafal Kaniewski will be leading our first session at Westminster Kingsway College on Tuesday 26th March from 4pm to 7pm. Rafal will be introducing and using Nuke to create VFX for this session.  

Rafal began his journey in the entertainment industry as an assistant on-set carpenter in L.A. In the 90s, he contributed to urban youth TV projects, taught media studies, and explored various roles in filmmaking and art installation. Transitioning into the 2000s, he honed his skills in editing, rendering rave visuals, and delved into feature compositing at Double Negative.

Throughout the 2010s, Rafal worked globally for renowned companies like Industrial Light & Magic and Cinesite, showcasing his versatility as a compositor and lighter for feature animations. With a passion for equality, exploration, and breakfast, Rafal continues to evolve in the dynamic world of VFX.

Meet your workshop hosts: Olly Nash

Olly Nash will be leading our second event at Barnet and Southgate College on Thursday 28th March from 4pm to 7pm. Olly will be introducing and using Maya to create VFX for this session.  

With over 25 years of experience in the industry, Olly Nash is a seasoned 3D animator known for her expertise in Houdini and Maya software. Notable highlights include her role as Character Animator for Clear Post Production on acclaimed projects like "28 Days Later" and "Wasp."

Olly's talents extend to creating intricate simulations, such as a leaking water effect for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" and setting ships on fire for "Napoleon." Throughout her career, she has held various senior positions at esteemed companies including Prime Focus, Studio AKA, and MPC. Currently, Olly works as a Senior/Lead 3D Generalist TD at BlueBolt, where she continues to push boundaries in visual effects.

Work in progress image of a conveyor belt animated asset created using Blender.
Above: Olly Nash, Senior/Lead 3D Generalist TD at BlueBolt

Join your nearest A Deeper Dive into VFX  Event

Don't miss out on these opportunities to delve into the world of VFX, connect with industry professionals, and chart your course towards a rewarding career. Spaces are very limited.

A Deeper Dive into VFX with Rafal Kaniewski at Westminster Kingsway College

Date: Tuesday 26th March 2024
Time: 16:00 - 19:00pm
Location: Westminster Kingsway, Regent's Park Campus, Longford Street, London,  NW1 3HB
Content: Using Nuke to create VFX with Rafal Kaniewski

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A Deeper Dive into VFX with Olly Nash at Barnet and Southgate College

Date: Thursday 28th March 2024
Time: 16:00 - 19:00pm
Location: Barnet and Southgate College, Wood Street Campus, High Barnet, EN5 4AZ
Content: Using Maya to create VFX with Olly Nash

Reserve your space