Filmmakers worldwide are invited to join the Cross Channel Film Lab’s first programme of scheduled online open sessions between 22 and 31 July 2013 at  The online training programme will combine recorded sessions from the CCFL’s recent UK workshop and Creative Skillset Open Sessions at Falmouth University, with live Q&As with some of the speakers.

The programme features experts from the UK and France, and explores aspects of VFX, animation, Stereo 3D and screenwriting for low to medium budget feature films.  Participants may attend any number of scheduled sessions, including live chats with some key speakers, and also have a chance to connect with other participants online. Thanks to the CCFL’s funders, attendance is free, but participants must register in advance.  All sessions will be conducted in English.

Speakers include writer-director Marc Caro (Delicatessen), François Garnier and Joséphine Derobe (Wim Wenders’ Stereo 3D team), director of photography Pierre Souchar, VFX specialists Paddy Eason (VFX supervisor, Grabbers) and Peter Bailey (senior VFX artist), producers Fabienne Tsaï (A Droite de la Lune) and Huberta Von Liel (Vertigo Films), representatives of FilmFour, Creative England, the British Film Institute and BBC Films, and script consultants Pippa Best and Antoine Le Bos.

These online sessions will provide an introduction to the basics of Stereo 3D and more in-depth discussion of its use, including narrative experimentation and audience impact.  For both VFX and Stereo 3D, speakers explore ways to embrace restrictions, the implications of creative choices on budgeting and scheduling, and career paths for animators and VFX specialists.

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Course content and schedule


Monday 22 July: 19.30 start (UK time)

CCFL: The Distributor, Financier and Developer’s Perspective

Part 1: Alex Stolz, Distribution and Exhibition Executive at the BFI, gives an overview of the Stereo 3D audience in the UK and shares his thoughts on future trends.

Part 2: Panel discussion

Tom Leggett (FilmFour), Wendy Bevan-Mogg, (Creative England) Charlotte Lee (BBC Films) and Huberta Von Liel (Vertigo Films) discuss what they look for in a low to medium budget feature film and why.

Followed by live chat: Q & A with Huberta Von Liel and Charlotte Lee


Tuesday 23 July: 19.30 start (UK time)

An Introduction to 3D Cinema with François Garnier

Francois Garnier takes us on a journey through the history of Stereoscopy: from Leonardo DaVinci and Sir Charles Wheatstone  to the 3D cinema we experience  now. Francois 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?

An introduction to Optics with Pierre Souchar

Followed by live chat: Q & A with Pierre Souchar


Wednesday 24 July: 19.30 start (UK time)

A European Perspective on Shooting Stereo 3D – Budgeting and Scheduling Implications with Joséphine Derobe, Fabienne Tsaï

Followed by live chat: Q & A with Fabienne Tsaï


Thursday 25 July: 19.30 start (UK time)

New Narrative Approaches to Low Budget VFX and Stereo 3D

A session for screenwriters interested in exploring how VFX or Stereo 3D might help them connect with audiences differently.

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.

Including and followed by live chat with Pippa Best and Antoine Le Bos.


Monday 29 July: 19.30 start (UK time)

Crossover Careers in VFX, Animation and Gaming

Animator turned VFX Artist Peter Bailey, game designer turned film director Mondo Ghulam, and animator and lecturer Andy Wyatt share their career development advice on the benefits of moving between genres.

Getting Creative Within Limitations: VFX and Animation

Panel discussion featuring Paddy Eason (VFX supervisor: Grabbers, I Give it a Year), Peter Bailey (modelling/ lighting/ animation specialist), Mondo Ghulam (animation director, formerly of Rockstar North) Andy Wyatt (Falmouth University) and Peter Comninos (Bournemouth University)

Followed by live chat: Q & A with Peter Bailey, Andy Wyatt and Mondo Ghulam


Tuesday 30 July: 19. 30 start (UK time)

The Fundamentals of 3D Grammar with Joséphine Derobe

Pina: A Low Budget Stereo 3D Case Study with François Garnier

Followed by live chat: Q & A with Joséphine Derobe TBC


Wednesday 31 July: 19.30 start (UK time)

Writing and Directing Stereo 3D: A New Frontier 

Marc Caro, Joséphine Derobe and François Garnier discuss the new opportunities offered by Stereo 3D to innovate in story and direction.

Followed by live chat: Q & A with Antoine le Bos and Joséphine Derobe TBC


These sessions are selected from the Open Sessions programme recorded in March 2013 at the first Cross Channel Film Lab workshop, supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the National Lottery via the BFI and through the Skills Investment Fund.  The workshop was also supported by INTERREG IV-A France (Channel) – England, co-funded by the ERDF.


Notes to editors:


Funding for the Cross Channel Film Lab comes from the following partners, including an investment of 50% from the INTERREG IV-A programme France (Channel) – England.


  • With a budget of €173.5 million, the Interreg IV-A France (Channel) England programme aims to promote the emergence – between the French and English parties – of a space of common citizenship fostering a sense of belonging to a cross-border area, and endowed with a specific identity.


  • Cornwall Council leads the Cross Channel Film Lab Phase 2 as part of its commitment to supporting the Creative Industries in Cornwall.


  • Cornwall Arts Centre Trust (ACT) is one of Cornwall’s key creative industries organisations.  The UK partner on CCFL Phase 1, ACT leads Krowji, Cornwall’s biggest creative sector cluster, Carn to Cove (a performing arts scheme for rural communities, including film screenings), and Creative Skills (professional development support for creative industries practitioners).


  • Le Groupe Ouest is France’s leading provider of feature film script development services, serving as the French partner of the Torino Film Lab and Script & Pitch Workshops.  Le Groupe Ouest recently led an experimental programme with Pôle Images & Réseaux to explore the impact of new technologies on screenwriting and directing (see


  • Creative England supports the sustainable growth of independent creative businesses, and the talent that feeds them, in every part of England outside London.  Launched in October 2011, its mission is to develop the film, television, games, digital and creative sectors in the English regions.  Its work includes investing in talent, growing businesses, boosting audience access, production support, improving market intelligence and encouraging innovation. Creative England receives Grant-in-Aid funds from the BFI, and is the BFI delegated body for the distribution of Lottery funds for film in the English regions outside London.  It has also secured investment from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund for a programme of funding to support the games, digital and creative services, making it the first joined up, dedicated support agency for the creative industries outside London.


  • The Media School at Bournemouth University is the largest centre of professionally based higher education for the media and communications industries in the UK and has an excellent industry reputation.  Since 1989, the National Centre for Computer Animation has conducted research of “international significance” and pioneered “excellent” undergraduate and postgraduate courses in computer visualisation, animation and digital effects.


  • Falmouth University is a vibrant and forward-thinking specialist arts university and key player in the national and international creative scene.  A justifiable international reputation for excellence in Art, Design, Media, Performance and Writing has grown from over a century of nurturing original thinking, supported by highly talented and professional staff.


  • 3D Fovea is part of the Télécom Bretagne research centre, a leading research lab studying the impact of stereo 3D images on the viewer’s brain and the use of different 3D optical systems.


  • ISB/UBO University of Brest’s Sound for Image department is one of the best in France.  Its research lab focuses on the impact of sound spatialisation on picture perception, including the perception of stereo 3D images.


  • Artefacto researches and builds autostereoscopic systems that enable stereo 3D to be viewed without glasses, and is one of the few companies in Europe working in this applied research field.


  • Ecole Européenne Supérieure d’Art de Bretagne (EESAB) is researching interactive pre-visualisation set design, allowing creative teams to anticipate the consequences of their writing choices on the viewers’ perception.


  • Le Festival du Film Britannique de Dinard, in northern Brittany, has embodied the collaboration between the UK and France in the realm of cinema for the last 20 years and will host an annual CCFL2 showcase.


Industry partners


The Lab offers a wide range of expertise from across the film industry plus broad research knowledge and experience from its academic partners.  Consultants and mentors include representatives of companies such as Amak, Apix3D, Arte France, Bait Studios, BBC Films, Digimage, Eyes3Shut, Film4, ImageEyes, McGuff, Mikros, Mocaplab, Nvizible, Peanut FX, Rushes, Studio Canal, Tiger X, Valhalla Audio, Vertigo Films, Vision 3 and Zoptic.

Individuals working with CCFL include script consultants Pippa Best, Mary Davies and Antoine Le Bos; VFX practitioners Maurice Banayoun, Remi Brun, Paddy Eason, Michael Elson, Jean-Baptiste Lère, Jonathan Privett and Christian Volckman; and


Stereo 3D specialists Hugo Barbier, Francois Garnier, Chris Parks, Richard Lloyd, Martin Parsons and Thierry Pouffary.  This pool of experts will be added to as the scheme progresses, in response to the individual needs of selected projects.


About Creative Skillset


  • Creative Skillset is the licensed Sector Skills Council for the Entertainment Media, Fashion and Textiles, Publishing and Advertising.  It is owned and invested in by employers working in social partnership with unions.  It aspires to have the best skills and talent in the world to drive growth of the industries and the UK economy.  Creative Skillset brings all parts of the Creative Industries together to add value through collaboration on workforce development.


  • Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, as part of its film skills strategy, is funded by the National Lottery via the BFI and through the Skills Investment Fund, which comprises industry and government co-investment.  The film skills strategy focuses on addressing the vital skills and training needs of the industry to deliver maximum economic and cultural return: creating jobs, strengthening skills, building skills for the future and ensuring world-class film education.





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