Open Access Material

These archive sessions are currently available to all

Take a look at some of these previous open sessions.  Click on the red session title to go to the viewing page.

Seminars:

New narrative approaches to low budget VFX and Stereo 3D

Script consultants and Cross Channel Film Lab co-directors Pippa Best and Antoine Le Bos present examples of lower budget VFX techniques; explore spatial perception and philosophy as a route to understanding the narrative potential of Stereo 3D; and take a quick look at games engines as a development tool.  Including discussion between participants at the original open session, and an opportunity to share your own script ideas with other participants.

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Open Sessions – introduction to Stereo 3D cinema: from conception to a new language

François Garnier takes us on a journey through the history of stereoscopy from Leonardo Da Vinci and Sir Charles Wheatstone to the 3D cinema we experience now.  François goes on to explore our spatial and visual perception – how do our brains and bodies sense the world around us, understand perspective and motion, and thus Stereo 3D cinema?

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An introduction to low budget VFX

This short film outlines some of the ways to use visual effects without spending a fortune.  It features work from the National Centre for Computer Animation, Bournemouth.

Case studies:

Stereo 3D – One and All – podcast

Audio recording of a presentation and panel discussion at the Cornwall Film Festival.  Alex Stolz, Head of Distribution at the BFI, gives an overview of the current UK market for Stereo 3D films.  Denzil Monk and Will Coleman share their experiences of taking their Stereo 3D project One and All through the Cross Channel Film Lab 2013: what did they learn that would be of value to other filmmakers making low to medium budget Stereo 3D films?

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CCFL The Machine: a case study

What does it really take to create high end VFX at a low budget?  VFX supervisor Christian Lett of Bait Studio demonstrates the inventive ways in which he and director Caradog James created a high budget look for award-winning low budget feature The Machine.  SPOILER ALERT: this presentation contains spoilers, so watch The Machine first!

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Grabbers VFX at Encounters 2012

The Cross Channel Film Lab hosted a session at Encounters Film Festival in September 2012, where VFX supervisor Paddy Eason and producer Tracy Brimm talked through their experience of using VFX in a low budget UK film.

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Cross Channel Film Lab – the VFX films

A short documentary about the four VFX projects that went through the Lab in 2013 and 2014.  Hear from some of the creatives involved, and see clips from the tests conducted during the Cross Channel Film Lab.

You can also view individual case studies of DomeSlow LightThe Incredible Voyage of Dullwich on Sea and Voice of the Deep. 

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Cross Channel Film Lab – the Stereo 3D films

A short documentary about the four Stereo 3D projects that went through the Lab in 2013 and 2014.  Hear from some of the creatives involved, and see clips from the tests conducted during the Cross Channel Film Lab.