NZTechos' Workshop #2: What's What in Visual FX's

updated: 13 May 13

Auckland: 14th May, 10.00am–3.00pm
St Columbus Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby

Queenstown: 15th May, 12.00pm–5.00pm  
The Copthorne Lakeside Hotel, Cnr Frankton Road & Adelaide Street

Wellington: 16th May, 12.30pm–5.30pm
Film Archives, 84 Taranaki Street, Wellington Central

GUEST SPEAKERS: Charlie McClellan and Alun Bollinger

Over the past 20 years visual effects has grown from obscurity to common practice in the world of film making. Imagery is often created and/or manipulated outside the context of a live action shoot. What was once costly, dangerous or simply impossible to capture on film can now be achieved with visual effects using computer generated imagery (CGI). Increasingly common in big-budget films, in recent years it has become accessible to the Independent filmmaker with the introduction of affordable animation and compositing software.

For all departments, visual effects work requires careful planning and choreography in pre-production and production. It also requires an understanding of what is cost effective to shoot as live action as opposed to coining that old catch phrase “We can do it in Post”.

Much of the time, due to a lack a basic understanding the best decisions in both pre-production and on set are not always made resulting in either budget blow-outs or disappointing results.

This workshop is not about the technical aspects of post production and visual effects. This is a workshop about the practical aspects of working with, preparing for and knowing when visual FX’s is the right choice on set.

With 20 years experience in visual effects, Charlie McClellan’s most recent work can be seen as Visual Effects Supervisor on the hit TV series Spartacus: War of the Damned which featured an unprecedented 935 visual effects shots in the epic 1-hour series finale, 4350 vfx shots in the final season and a mind-numbing 13, 255 vfx shots in the 4-season series! Charlie also has worked as Visual Effects Producer or Supervisor on : The Frighteners, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Whale Rider, Perfect Creature, 30 Days of Night, Underworld (Rise of the Lycans), Legend of the Seeker, and Under the Mountain, Additionally Charlie comes with the experience of having been a Post-Production Supervisor with Miramax Films in NYC and producing a feature in New Zealand (Fracture, 2004) , knowledge that is broad and invaluable to the original inception of a project and pre-production to the final delivery.

Supported by Alun Bollinger (DOP & NZFVTG President), Charlie and Alun will share their own experiences, but will encourage questions and discussion from the audience throughout the day.

Admission: FREE to NZFVT Guild Members / $25 for Non-Members
To register, email (please put your region in the subject line)


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