Ari Rubenstein

Join Ari Rubenstein at the BFX Festival 2017 as he discusses what it takes to maintain a successful career within an everchanging industry. Ari is currently a Lead Compositor at Blue Sky Studios, with Visual FX credits to his name on major films such as The Matrix Revolutions, Hellboy, Drag me to Hell, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Ice Age: Collision Course, Rio 1 & 2, and Epic.

With 25 years of industry knowledge and experience as a visual effects craftsman, Ari will deliver a valuable insight on how best to spot an opportunity that may benefit your own future in the VFX world.

“For my part of the BFX Festival 2017, I’m very much looking forward to discussing the ways in which artists approach opportunities in VFX, and how this informs their overall career path. The Festival itself serves as a considerable forum for students to gain exposure to many industry perspectives, so that their future is defined by them, not otherwise.”

– Ari Rubenstein

As Lead Compositor, Ari is highly involved in the stage of production where images of each element in a shot are combined and integrated to become one unified image. Blue Sky Studios describes compositing as all the final elements becoming balanced together into a seamless, unified product… the final frame.

Duncan McWilliam – Outpost VFX

In April 2013 Duncan McWilliam founded Outpost VFX in Bournemouth. Specialising in high-end visual effects with a diverse portfolio across film, broadcast, advertising, and VR, Outpost VFX thrives in the its location by cleverly avoiding the costly overhead associated with basing the company in places such as London, whilst also benefiting through working closely with Bournemouth University which Duncan has described as having ‘a great visual effects program, mentoring and employing graduates.’

First starting out in the field of mechanical engineering, Duncan decided to switch to a Multimedia Animation course at the University of Leeds, from which he graduated from in 2001 with 1st Class Honours. Since then he has worked on films such as: X-Men: The Last Stand; Panic; Nocturnal Animals; and most recently, 47 Metres Down.  As both Executive Producer and Visual Effects Producer for 47 Metres Down, Duncan has described the role as having been one of the most challenging and fulfilling films to create, with 426 shots of which many were full CG, completed in 16 weeks and with no picture lock until week 14.

“We’re extremely excited to be a part of this year’s BFX Festival. Our links with the festival team and the NCCA at Bournemouth University are hugely important to us, and as we continue to grow we look forward to sharing more of our work with our peers and the next generation of artists as they come through.

It’s going to be a pleasure to be on the festival bill next to other studios that we greatly admire, and hopefully we can offer new and interesting perspectives on how we approach VFX and animation for feature film, broadcast and commercials.

As we are also based in Bournemouth, BFX is the perfect occasion to highlight some of our most interesting recent work and put forward the case that, although we admire Soho, we’re proving that you don’t necessarily need to be in London to deliver world-class visual effects internationally. It’ll be great to welcome contemporaries from around the world to the south coast for a few days, and we can’t wait to chat to upcoming artists about some amazing projects that we’re securing for the coming months.”

– Duncan McWilliam

Duncan will be joining us at this year’s BFX Festival to highlight the creative and technical ins and outs of two of his most recent high-profile projects; a full-CG, award-winning character commercial for Domestos, and 2017’s most successful independent film – the $50m grossing shark thriller 47 Meters Down.

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