FMX Spotlight On MAKING MONSTERS

Exclusive peek behind the scenes of HBO‘s horror series LOVECRAFT COUNTRY

October 7, 18:00 CET on www.fmx.de

Learn about the amazing VFX by Framestore who brought the "indiscribable" creatures from H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos to life: We are thrilled to welcome live Grant Walker, Head of CG/VFX and Stephen Nixon, Senior VFX Producer, who will present their team's outstanding work on designing, asset building and animating the scary Shoggoths.

Make sure to join the interactive room on October 7, 18:00 CET on www.fmx.de to ask your questions to the VFX pros.

Grant Walker - VFX Supervisor

Grant's career commenced upon completion of a Computer Animation Degree at Swansea Metropolitan University. He then trained with Escape Studios, gaining a placement at The Mill in 2006.

He joined Framestore in 2009 as a Senior Technical Director specialising in creature asset build, and has played a huge role in some of our biggest projects, including the recreation of Audrey Hepburn for Galaxy/Dove, the orcs in Coca-Cola Siege, the VES- and BAFTA-nominated Black Mirror episode Playtest and the Shoggoth in HBO’s Lovecraft Country.

After a nine-month stint in Film, working on the creature designs for the Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending, Grant returned to Advertising to create Sheldon the Snail for Freesat - earning him his first of many VES nominations. Grant went on to become Senior CG Art Director in 2015, a role in which he led the design of characters and environments across London’s Integrated Advertising CG work, later stepping into the role of VFX Supervisor on Sainsbury's Mog’s Christmas Calamity. Now Joint Head of CG, Grant is involved in a wealth of work across Framestore’s Advertising division, ensuring the highest standards of creature and character design are upheld.


 

Stephen Nixon - VFX Producer

Stephen’s first job in VFX was on Peter Jackson’s King Kong in 2005 after starting his career with BBC radio and in the music industry. A Senior VFX Producer in the Television department at Framestore, Stephen has been a part of several VES Award-winning teams and has a wide range of experience, having taught film editing at the New Zealand Film School and spent a year as a lecturer in Post Production Workflows at the University of York.

Stephen approaches every opportunity to indulge his curiosity as a chance to deliver the best possible product to clients. This has allowed him to build out an impressive credits list which includes the Cinderella Castle intro for Walt Disney Studios in 2006, Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi and James Cameron’s Avatar. Most recently he’s delivered work for Jack Ryan series 2 for Amazon Prime Video and Cursed for Netflix.

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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