Program 2019

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Lighting & Rendering a Robot Rave for The Chemical Brothers with Arnold

Kate Gabriel (The Mill), Suraj "Sid" Harrington-Odedra (The Mill)
Hundreds of unique robots. Five minute of footage. Four months from the shoot to deliver.   Hot off the heels of completing our last music video for The Chemical Brothers, directors Dom & Nic came back to The Mill to help them realise their ambitious project for "Free Yourself". During the talk, we will cover all aspects of how we went about realising the project, from initial RnD work, through concepting to final composites. We'll take a particularly deep dive into how we went about lighting and rendering the characters in numerous environments and how with the help of Arnold (HtoA), we were able to easily render shots comprised of dozens of robots.
Kate Gabriel

Kate Gabriel, 3D Artist, The Mill,

As a highly experienced VFX artist, Kate has worked on some of The Mill's most challenging and high-profile projects, including the award-nominated Nike 'Awaken The Phantom' and The Chemical Brothers 'Free Yourself' directed by dom&nic, as well as Three 'Free Your Puggerfly'.     

Her creative highlights also include Formula E 'Battle Scars' directed by Russell Tickner at Mill+ and Guinness 'Discover Extraordinary Flavour'.     

Kate has also been a Chair of the London ACM SIGGRAPH for the past 4 years.

Suraj "Sid" Harrington-Odedra

Suraj "Sid" Harrington-Odedra, Visual Effects Supervisor, The Mill,

Sid joined The Mill in 2006, and is a currently a Visual Effects Supervisor in the London studio.   

Most recently Sid led a music video for The Chemical Brothers called ‘Free Yourself’, as well as their prior multi-award winning "Wide Open".   

He has also worked on a range of high profile commercials including BBC’s pan-channel broadcast of ‘God Only Knows’, bringing together 27 world-renowned artists for an extra-ordinary re-working of The Beach Boys classic song.   

Other 3D credits include working on the Activision; Call of Duty ‘Ghosts’ in-game cinematic sequence, Sky's "Liquid Viewing" which involved a plethora of complex liquid simulations in photorealistic environments, Virgin Media's "Delivering Awesome" and the multi award winning Nike ‘The Next Level’ commercial directed by Guy Ritchie.

The Mill is a visual effects and content creation studio collaborating on VFX, digital and design projects for the advertising, games and music industries. We partner

with the world’s best agencies, groundbreaking directors, creative firms and visionary brands.

With almost 30 years of insight, we pride ourselves on forming partnerships built on creative excellence and cutting-edge technologies.

At its centre, The Mill is a creative culture of talented artists from multinational and homegrown backgrounds, nurturing innovation, flexibility and diverse ideas. This enables us to offer creative solutions across all our studios from London, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Bangalore.

The Mill is consistently recognized by peers and clients for delivering outstanding work and has earned the most prestigious industry awards, including Cannes Gold Lions, an array of D&AD Pencils, APA’s, British Arrows, AICP's, CLIOS and VES Statues to name a few.

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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