Annual effects confab spotlights 'Skyfall,' 'Asterix'
PARISParis FX, the annual animation and vfx showcase, will turn the spotlight on the French and British post-production artists behind “Skyfall, ” “Cloud Atlas” and “Asterix & Obelix: God Save Britannia.” Each year, the confab — hosted by the Ile de France Film Commission and media group Lariviere Org., in partnership with Film London — features case studies looking at animation and vfx in features and profiles shingles worldwide. “Thanks to the creativity of our vfx crews and tax incentives, France and the U.K. have emerged as two major vfx hubs, luring a flurry of big-budget, high-profile productions in the past few years,” said Yann Marchet, Paris FX program chair. “We expect more U.S. productions will come to Europe to have vfx work done in the coming months, due to Digital Domain’s woes.” Among those presenting case studies will be Cinesite artists for Sam Mendes’ James Bond pic “Skyfall”‘; BUF artists for Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi”; vfx supervisor Angela Barson and Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor, exec producer at BlueBolt Studio, for “Games of Thrones”; and Matthew Bristowe, joint managing director at Prime Focus for Tim Burton’s 3D toonpic “Frankenweenies.” Prime Focus senior vfx supervisor Jon Thum will also be on hand to discuss Peter Travis’ “Dredd.” The two-day event, which kicks off Nov. 26, will also highlight vfx-intensive Gallic titles, notably “Asterix & Obelix: God Save Britannia” with crews from the three companies that worked on post-production — Mikros, Mac Guff and Golaem. A roundtable will discuss the art of film title design with professionals including Laurent Brett, whose credits include “The Artist,” and Kook Ewo, who will present the opening of “Silent Hill 2” in 3D. Although the confab remains an industry event it will open its doors to the public for an evening celebrating the work of title designers Saul Bass (“Psycho”), Pablo Ferro (“Men in Black 3”) and Kyle Cooper (“Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol”).