The free Workshops include talks, exercises and demonstrations of production workflows using the latest tool set and features within industry standard software. Some are ticketed (but free) via Eventbrite, others are strictly managed on a first come, first seated method (because of space). Please check the BFX programme for venue, dates and times (this will be released early September).


Next Limit
Free, but ticketed via Eventbrite 
Tuesday – 23rd September 2014, All Day
Venue: Bournemouth University Campus

Next Limit will be demonstrating their  flagship programmes, Maxwell Renderer and Realflow.

 Maxwell Render – Morning Workshop

Maxwell Render is a standalone render engine for making perfect images, films and animations from 3D models. It is the complete solution for anyone who demands immaculate results on a deadline. Maxwell Render offers maximum quality, speed, and compatibility for architects, designers and visual effects artists.

RealFlow – Afternoon Workshop

RealFlow is an industry-standard, out-of-the-box fluid simulation software used in both film and TV by an array of clients including: The Mill, MPC, Double Negative, Framestore and many more!

Eventbrite - Next Limit Realflow and Maxwell Presentation - BFX Festival Workshop




Eric Shaw – Creative Writing for Animation | A talk for children aged 7+
(Free), First come, First served
27th September 2014, Morning
Venue: Bournemouth International Centre, Bourne Lounge

As a children’s workshop, Eric will discuss how to inspire children to write creative stories using the medium of animation. He will explore how they can create their own characters, worlds and stories. He will talk about story constructs, character development and how narrative is fundamental to a good show.



Eric Shaw and Susan Sloan – Teaching ‘Creative Writing and Animation Production’ in the classroom | A talk for educators in Primary and Secondary school
(Free) but ticketed via Eventbrite 
27th September 2014, Afternoon
Venue: Bournemouth International Centre, Tregonwell Hall Seminar Suite 2

In this workshop, Eric and Susan will discuss how educators can use animation as a vehicle for teaching students to write creatively and produce animation. They will talk about simple curriculum design, and discuss the methods they use when teaching people story constructs, narrative, character development and animation production.




A native New Yorker, Eric Shaw earned his degree from Columbia University, New York, NY. His writing career began on a live-action sitcom for 20th Century Fox, entitled, “Secret Service Guy,” starring Judge Reinhold and Michael McKean. Shaw’s first foray into animation writing was for Warner Bros. Television’s hit action-comedy series, “Xiaolin Showdown,” and “Krypto the SuperDog”. While still residing far from Hollywood, Eric landed the job that would change his writing career: Staff Writer on Nickelodeon’s global phenomenon “SpongeBob SquarePants.” Shaw began writing during the fifth season of “SpongeBob” and wrote into the sixth season of show production.

Susan Sloan is a senior NCCA academic who has designed and delivered drop-in animation workshops for schools and families as part of  BFX Festival 2013 and The Festival of Learning 2014, Bournemouth University.  She has also delivered Continuing Professional Development sessions for teachers and educators to illustrate how animation might be used in the classroom to enhance delivery across the curriculum. Recently Susan has worked with Pokesdown Primary School, Kings Park Primary School and Bethany Junior School.


Eventbrite - Teaching 'Creative Writing and Animation Production' in the classroom | A talk for educators in Primary and Secondary school: Eric Shaw & Susan Sloan - BFX Festival Workshop



Get Involved! Animation Workshops
(Free), First come, First served
27th and 28th September 2014, 10am – 4pm (repeated every 2 hours)
Venue: Bournemouth International Centre, Bourne Lounge

Overlooking the beach and town centre, this years workshops are located in the Bourne Lounge, within the BIC. Surrounded by Concept Art work direct from the vaults of Walt Disney Animation Studios, children and parent will be able to try their hand at animation.

Using stop motion animation techniques, you will have the opportunity to make a character, background elements and props using a variety of materials and learn the secrets of animation and the techniques used by the professionals. All materials and equipment will be supplied.  (NB children must be supervised)