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Bridging The Gaps Between Games, Film And Animation

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So you’re an aspiring animator, cartoonist or artist looking to break into the industry, start a career doing something you love AND get paid? Have you thought about working in the videogames industry?

TT Games’ LEGO Batman 2 DC Super Heroes

What’s that you say? You need a degree in computer science, thick glasses and a penchant for Modern Warfare 3 all weekend multiplayer marathons?

Not necessarily so my friend… the games industry is crying out for talented artists and animators working in both 2D and 3D and is a bubbling pot of creative, artistic people who spend their days inventing new characters, stories and environments.

The plethora of successful games companies in the UK also means it’s a relatively dependable career path when compared to the ups and downs of life as a freelancer and short-term contracts.

So what skills are needed to be a games artist or animator?

This is where BAF Game comes in. Bradford Animation Festival‘s lineup of talks by creatives working in the games industry aims to help you uncover what it takes and inspire your own creativity. If you’re not sure if the games sector is for you then come and talk to people who have worked across both animation, films and games to find out more. So, who will be there?

Tomek Zawada is the lead animator at Polish studio CD Projekt RED who are responsible for the cinematic adventure series The Witcher. Tomek will be delivering a talk entitled Choose your destiny – Movies vs Games, which industry fits you?

CD Projekt RED’s The Witcher 2

Christine Phelan is a character animator at influential games studio Valve and has previously worked as an animator for television. Christine will be talking about her career working across different industries and what it’s like working at one of the world’s most influential games companies.

David Bennett works for Faceware Technologies who provide the tools for facial capture for many videogames and films. Before joining Faceware David led the facial motion capture department at Weta Digital and worked on films such as The Adventures of Tin-Tin, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Avatar and Beowulf.

We’ll also be joined by David Brown, Philip Gray and Bill Martin from number one British games studio TT Games who all previously worked at Cosgrove Hall – the greatly missed Manchester animation house behind beloved favourites Danger Mouse and The Wind in the Willows to name but a few.

BAF Game will also be exploring the creation of urban environments for films and games in a special panel event, as well as uncovering the new opportunities the web and mobile devices such as the iPad present for animators, artists and games designers.

Character artwork by Red Kite Games who will be speaking at ‘Animation & Games for New Platforms’

This really is just scratching the surface of the programme but hopefully you’ll see the many overlaps that exist between the worlds of games, film, animation and art, and how easy it is to find yourself wandering between them without really noticing.

You can view the full BAF Game diary here

Tickets and passes for BAF and BAF Game are available now. The early bird rate ends on Friday 19th October.

Written by Tom Woolley

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