Cross Channel Film Lab Open Sessions programme announced – VFX and Stereo 3D event for specialists and filmmakers

The Cross Channel Film Lab has announced the content of its Open Sessions programme, running from Saturday 23 to Monday 25 March 2013 at the AIR Building on Falmouth University’s Tremough campus.  The programme and information on how to book tickets can be found at  Participants may attend one session, a series of sessions, or the entire programme.

Sessions are open to VFX and Stereo 3D specialists, screenwriters, producers, directors, DoPs, animators, and those working in other areas of the industry.  The programme will explore the innovative use of VFX and Stereo 3D in low to medium budget feature films – embracing restrictions, sharing lower budget VFX and Stereo 3D success stories, exploring new approaches to narrative development and learning more about the implications of creative choices on budgeting and scheduling, as well as emerging development, financing and exhibition possibilities, and career paths for animators and VFX specialists.

Speakers from the UK and France include writer/director Marc Caro (Delicatessen), Francois Garnier and Josephine Derobe (Wim Wenders’ Stereo 3D team), 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), UK development teams including Tom Leggett (Film Four), Dan Macrae (Studio Canal), Wendy Bevan-Mogg (Creative England), Charlotte Lee (BBC Films) and script consultants Pippa Best, Mary Davies and Antoine Le Bos.

The Cross Channel Film Lab Open Sessions programme is supported by the Creative Skillset Film Skills Fund as part of A Bigger Future 2.  The cost of attending is subsidised by Creative Skillset and bursaries are available.

For more information on the CCFL Open Sessions and how to attend, visit




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 IVA 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 Entertainment Media, Fashion and Textiles, Publishing and Advertising, Marketing and Communications.  It is owned and invested in by employers working in social partnership with unions and 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.

A Bigger Future 2 is Creative Skillset’s three year skills and training strategy for the UK film industry, funded in part by the industry itself through the Skills Investment Fund (SIF) as well as by the National Lottery from the BFI.  Building on the original A Bigger Future strategy, A Bigger Future 2 focuses on addressing the vital skills and training needs of the industry to deliver maximum economic and cultural return: safeguarding and creating jobs, nurturing talent and maintaining the UK’s position at the forefr