Program 2018



Virtual Workstations - A Future that’s Already Here

Dave Goodbourn (Milk), Sam Reid (ETC), Oliver Pennington (Sohonet), Dennis Rose (Sohonet), Ian Main (Teradici), James Pitts (Pixit Media), Mike Owen (AWS), Ben Minall (AWS)

Why are VFX companies such as Milk VFX and Electric Theatre Collective looking to host their workstations in the cloud? This panel will focus on the block and file-based storage they require. Details will be shared on how it can be achieved securely and cost-effectively, whilst providing a seamless and enhanced experience for the visual effects artist.



Dave Goodbourn

Dave Goodbourn, Head of Systems, Milk Visual Effects,

Dave Goodbourn is Head of Systems at BAFTA and Academy award-winning visual effects company Milk. Dave oversees all technical aspects of Milk’s studio facilities in both London and Cardiff, which create visual effects for both TV and feature films such as Annihilation, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (Warner Bros.) and Sherlock (BBC/Hartswood).

Dave was part of Milk’s original launch team in 2013 when he set up from scratch, all technical aspects of Milk’s London-based studio facility, in order to accommodate an initial artist seat capacity of 100.

Most recently Dave has been instrumental in creating a groundbreaking Cloud rendering solution to process almost 80 million frames in just 10 weeks using Google Cloud Platform. This enabled Milk to create large-scale CG dinosaurs and their environment for UK special venue theatrical project ‘Dinosaurs In the Wild’.

Dave has been closely involved with CISE - the Creative Industries Security Protocol. CISE is a recent government funded research project to address concerns on cyber security. Sohonet, Dneg, Framestore and Milk have collaborated to research ways to maximise security among UK post production houses.

Dave joined Milk from London based uFX (a division of uMedia) where he was IT Manager for 3 years. During this time, he designed and implemented the technology, infrastructure and budget for the creation of a new VFX facility in Brussels and the upgrade of uFX’s existing London VFX facility.

Prior to this Dave was Media Technologies Manager at creative agency Maverick Media where he oversaw all technical aspects of post production and made recommendations for the future of the technology at Maverick to align with the company’s five year business plan.

Dave has worked in a variety of roles as senior technical consultant providing IT support to media and post production companies including Arias UK Ltd. where he was Technical Manager for a busy digital post production department.

Dave began his career in gaming as a Level Artist, before moving into DVD authoring with roles at Deluxe Digital and The Pavement.

Academy Award-winning visual effects studio Milk Visual Effects creates innovative and complex sequences for high-end television and feature films such as Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, Ex-Machina, Kingsman: The Golden Circle and the BBC’s Sherlock.

Milk was founded by five VFX supervisors and producers in 2013 and now employs 150 staff across its sites in London and Cardiff.

The studio has won multiple awards for its creative work, including three consecutive BAFTA Television Craft awards for Doctor Who (2014 and 2015) and critically acclaimed BBC drama Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (in 2016). Milk won an Emmy in 2016 for work on the BBC/Hartswood Film’s Sherlock; and in 2016 co-founder Sara Bennett became the first woman in twenty years to win an Oscar for best VFX on the film Ex-Machina at the 88th Academy Awards.

Milk’s most recent projects include Skydance/Netflix' Altered CarbonElectric Dreams (Channel 4 /Left Bank/ Sony/Amazon); Paramount/TNT’s The Alienist and Alex Garland’s feature Annihilation. Milk is currently in production on Neil Gaiman/Terry Pratchett’s hotly anticipated Good Omens (BBC/Amazon).

Milk’s credits also include feature films Ben Wheatley’s High Rise and Free Fire; The Martian (20th Century Fox); Jason Bourne (Universal); The Divergent Series: Insurgent (Lionsgate/Summit); Poltergeist (Fox/MGM); Everest (Universal); Brett Ratner’s Hercules (Paramount/MGM); Dracula Untold (Universal); 47 Ronin (Universal); The Last Dragonslayer (Sky); Class (BBC); ITV’s Thunderbirds Are Go and The Loch (ITV) for television and Virtual Reality film Tree (New Reality Company).

In June 2017 Milk appointed Ivan Dunleavy as Chairman and received long-term investment from the Business Growth Fund to develop and expand the business.

Milk was named one of the top 100 fastest growing British tech companies in the Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 in September 2017. The studio’s recent work includes UK special venue theatrical project ‘Dinosaurs In the Wild’ which saw the studio create a ground-breaking rendering solution to process almost 80 million frames using Google Cloud Platform, in just 10 weeks.  

Sam Reid

Sam Reid, Head of Engineering, Electric Theatre Collective,

Sam took up the position of Head of Engineering at Electric Theatre Collective in 2016 and is responsible for keeping the London HQ running, ensuring that ETC stay at the forefront of technology so that artists can continue to produce award winning VFX with the best tools possible. With data getting bigger and workflows becoming increasingly complex there is no taking your finger off the pulse, and ETC are now leveraging Cloud Infrastructure to ensure they have the capacity to cope with clients needs and surpass their expectations.  


Oliver Pennington

Oliver Pennington, Head of Engineering, Sohonet,

Oliver joined the Sohonet’s Engineering team in 2013, and heads a team responsible for designing unique networking solutions for Sohonet’s customers globally. He has also been largely involved in the development of Sohonet’s Connected Cloud Services.

Oliver has a strong foundation in networking and has worked at Adapt Managed Services where he was responsible for designing and implementing many customer deployments.


Dennis Rose

Dennis Rose, CRO, Sohonet,

Dennis is an innovative digital media industry leader who joined Sohonet in 2017 and is responsible for revenue generation strategy and its execution by the Sohonet sales team.

Before joining Sohonet, Dennis led delivery sales at Deluxe Entertainment and built Brightcove’s online video business in Asia-Pacific and Japan. He also led Citrix Systems’ Latin America region and then its Asia-Pacific & Japan business, including its expansion into China.

Sohonet are the global experts in connectivity, media services and network security for the media and entertainment industry. We allow creatives to work on content wherever they are in the world by providing an extensive range of solutions which enable them to transfer and store valuable and critical content quickly or to collaborate securely in real-time. All of this is backed up by our unrivaled 24/7 technical support. The Sohonet Media Network is the largest and most-established private, high-performance network for the media industry and connects over 450 of the leading studios, production and post-production facilities around the world.


Sohonet enjoys strong partnerships within the advertising, broadcast and film industry, supporting organizations such as the BFC, The Production Guild, SIGGRAPH, HPA, SMPTE, The Digital Production Partnership, AMWA, UK Screen Association, The Production Guild, MESA and MESA Europe, and The Visual Effects Society.


Ian Main

Ian Main , Technical Marketing Principal, Teradici,

Ian has over 10 years of experience at Teradici, involved in performance benchmarking, architectural aspects of PCoIP design and customer requirements analysis, with particular focus on the media and entertainment industry.     

James Pitts

James Pitts , Product Manager, Pixit Media

Mike Owen

Mike Owen , Senior Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services,

Mike Owen is an experienced Solutions Architect at AWS Thinkbox with over 19 years’ experience, primarily working on visual effects architectures in the Media and Entertainment sector. His high-performance computing background helps clients make efficient use of AWS for compute and storage workloads. Previously, Mike was a customer and developer on Thinkbox’s flagship product, Deadline - a highly, distributed compute management platform. Mike spends much of his time capturing client feedback, designing and implementing VFX architectures in AWS and road-mapping new features for future versions of Deadline and AWS services. I regularly present at a number of events including NAB, Siggraph, IBC, AWS re:Invent and industry summits. Prior to AWS & Thinkbox, Mike was CTO, managing the pipeline, infrastructure and engineering teams at award winning automotive digital agency, Burrows, across its 4 offices. Mike has 19 years commercial VFX/IT experience, specializing in automotive visualization on behalf of the Ford Motor Company. Mike holds multiple awards for both creative and software development work and resides on the advisory board on several technology companies.

Ben Minall

Ben Minall, Amazon Web Services,

FMX is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the City of Stuttgart and MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg, taking place in cooperation with the VES Visual Effects Society and ACM SIGGRAPH. FMX is an event by the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, organized by Animationsinstitut, hosting the Animation Production Days (APD), a joint venture with the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS).

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