Family Weekend

6 – 7 October 2018

Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm

BFX Family weekend is a two-day drop in event aimed at visual effects and games enthusiasts between the ages of 8-18 years.  Some workshops will incur an extra fee but will also include entrance to BFX .

Workshops – Limited availability

Z-Brush workshops (1hr)

Ages 12-18
Saturday 10.15, 12.15, 14:15, 16:15
Sunday 10.15, 12.15, 14:15

£4 per person, includes entrance to BFX and all equipment will be provided

Using industry standard software Z-Brush learn how to sculpt your very own 3D character.

Minecraft scripting with Raspberry Pi (1hour)

Ages 8-18
Saturday: 10:30, 12:00, 14:00, 15:30
Sunday, 10:30, 12:00, 13:30. 14:45
£4 per person, includes entrance to BFX and all equipment will be provided

Try your hand at Python programming one of the world’s most popular games using a Raspberry Pi

Tech Age Kids Micro:bit in Wonderland Coding and Craft Workshop Workshop (1 hour)

Ages 8 -18
Saturday: 11.15, 13.15, 15.15
Sunday : 11.15, 13.15, 15.15

£4 per person, includes entrance to BFX and all equipment will be provided

Have a go at block-based coding with the BBC micro:bit and make your own Mad Hatter’s top hat, heart playing card or a little door with a lock and key just like in the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.Workshop length: 1 hr, children under 13 need to attend with an adult to support making. You’ll be able to take away the craft you made, but electronics and the micro:bit remain the property of Tech Age Kids.

Opportunity to meet the authors of ‘micro:bit in Wonderland’ and purchase a signed copy of the book.

Stop Frame Animation workshop with Creative Kids
(2 hour) Saturday only

Age 8+ (all children must be supervised at all times)
10.30am-12.30pm & 2pm-4pm
Drop-in sessions – no pre-booking required and all equipment will be provided

Participants will learn how to create a short stop-motion animation film of their own creation. We will work with plasticine and lego to create models and explore techniques in story boarding, character development and learn how to use a stop motion app on iPads.

Creative Kids is an award winning arts education charity based in Bournemouth. Visit for further information.


Access VFX  – Starting your career in VFX

Ages 12+
Panel Discussion Venue and Time – (Saturday only) 11am, 14:00 and 15.30 in Tregonwell Seminar Suite 1.

Access VFX will be hosting an interactive panel discussion on careers within the VFX industry. Panel members from DNEG, MPC Film, Jellyfish and Framestore will be talking about their own personal career journeys within VFX and answering questions from the audience such as:

  • What educational background is best suited to VFX?
  • How can I get work experience at a VFX studio?
  • Are there any alternatives to VFX degrees?
  • What should I know about applying to VFX studios?
  • How do I specialise within the industry

In addition, you can visit the Access VFX stand in the Tregonwell Hall to meet with some of the studios and chat to them 1-to-1.

Panel members:

Kajsa Christiansson

Following my undergraduate studies in Sweden (‘Creative Programming’ at the university of Gavle, Sweden), I completed my Master of Arts in Digital Effects at Bournemouth University (BU) in 2011. My recent work experience includes working as Prep Artist at Double Negative on ‘LIFE’ and ‘Wonder Woman’ and following that on the Netflix series ‘Altered Carbon’ . Previously, I was working as Roto/Prep Artist on ‘The Martian’ at MPC and on ‘The Crown’ at One Of Us. In addition, I have been working as Prep and Roto Artist for a short film called ‘ECHO’ by Victor Perez. Furthermore, I did some roto work on a Champions League advert and some music videos, and last but not least I was working as junior compositor, Roto/Prep Artist for the feature film ‘A Dark Reflection’.

Hayley Thomas

I studied BA (Hons) Animation Production at the Arts University Bournemouth (2012-2015). In the final year of my degree Framestore’s Bournemouth Outpost offered us the opportunity to train in Paint & Roto or Matchmove & Tracking – I took the classes in Paint & Roto and fortunately jobs became available shortly after so I applied and started in June 2015. I now work at Framestore (London office) as paint and Roto Lead.

Emma Braney

Emma studied Computer Visualisation and Animation at Bournemouth University. Since graduating in 2008 she has worked in a variety of roles including Generalist TD, FX TD, and CG Supervisor at Jellyfish Pictures, The Moving Picture Company, Lipsync Post, DNEG Film and DNEG TV.

Emelia Fiell

I’m Emelia Fiell and I’ve been working in VFX for 7 years across a number of different roles and I’m currently the Technology Production Manager at Framestore. I worked as a lecturer at Kingston University and after a year got my foot in the door at The Foundry. I started there as a technical author and left 3 years later as the Nuke project manager. I then rejoined Framestore and have been there in my current role ever since, which I love. The work I do here is incredibly varied, fast-paced and allows me a wide view of the company. Every day I get to work with some of the brightest and most creative people trying to foresee and tackling complex technical issues to create beautiful films.

George Tully

I’m a production coordinator working for Jellyfish Pictures. I studied at NCCA Bournemouth. I started out as an animator, and then switched to a production role. I’ve worked in the industry for just over three years. The reasons I like working in production are that I like to take responsibility for projects, and I like creating strategies which solve problems, ideally before they occur!

Helen Farley (Panel Chair)

Helen studied Business & Marketing at Loughborough University before working with retailer Arcadia group for 7 years. Starting in retail, she soon realised the positive impact of training and development in the workplace and specialised in L&D. Helen has recently made the move into VFX, bringing with her experience to Technicolor Academy as Head of Learning & Development.

Drop In Activities

Harry Potter Green Screen with Kids Camera Action (Sunday only)

Ages 8+ Drop in

Kids Camera Action is a film school for kids aged 7-16 in Poole- we love helping young filmmakers make their creative dreams a reality! They offer a Saturday Film School and holiday activities and workshops for schools in Poole and Bournemouth.. They will be running drop in sessions for kids to try their hand at magical Harry Potter-inspired green screen filming and special effects makeup.

Green Screen opportunity with BUD

Ages 5+ Drop in

Using green screen technology have your photo taken with BUD, Bournemouth University’s very own Droid!

Paleo Go

Ages 5+ Drop in

Augmented Reality dinosaurs in an app developed at BU.

Exploring research into Virtual Learning experiences

Come and experience immersive virtual reality (VR) technologies that are being used to enhance our understanding of ancient archaeological sites. You can visit Virtual Avebury, a simulation of the huge Avebury Stone Circle in Wiltshire with its 9m deep ditches and massive stones, as it may have looked 4,500 years ago. And, you can ‘go back in time’ with a friend or relative to explore this ancient world together. Our research team will also be on hand to help you explore, enjoy and be amazed!

Our team of learning designers, researchers, learning technologists and educational specialists will be on hand to help you explore, enjoy and be amazed!

Accessible 3D modelling and 3D printing

This event presents Bournemouth University’s SHIVA project, which was developed to allow children with disabilities to model objects on a computer using eye movements and touchscreens and then have them brought to life by 3D printing technology. Two main activities include virtual sculpting and 3D printing showcase. Virtual sculpting allows to interactively create of sculptural artefacts by applying operations on simple shapes by using computer-aided technology. It is performed by using different input devices such as touch screen and eye-gaze device. 3D printing showcase presents various models which were created in past events as well as other exciting artefacts created by the community. The showcase includes a working machine which brings results of virtual sculpting to the physical world.

Visitors can stop and see how the software and hardware work and have a go at creating your own 3D model.

Tech Age Kids Activity

Pixel Art with Simbrix.

Ages 6+

Make a pixel art picture using British-designed Simbrix mini puzzle blocks. There’s no charge to take part, but you’ll need to leave your creations behind for others to play too! Remember a smartphone or camera to take a picture of your artwork!
Simbrix will be on sale whilst stocks last.

Floor robots with Bee-Bot Robots and other Floor Robots

Ages 4+

Use the Bee-Bot robots to find Minecraft animals on a mat. Make use of coding skills to send the robots in the right direction and find the animals in a sequence. Also have a go at coding a Caterpillar and a Mouse!

Bloxels – Create your own video game

Ages 8+

Build, capture, design, play and share your very own video games. Using the Bloxels game board, pixel blocks and Bloxels app, kids can create their own characters and game layout by connecting the physical and digital world. Build the board and play in the app.

You need to bring your own smartphone or tablet to take part in this activity. Free app available for iOS, Andriod and Amazon.

Stikbot Zanimations Studio Pro with Pets and Accessories

Ages 5+

Make your own movie with a green screen and audio, using Stikbot as the main character. You can also add pets and use props like hats, weapons and funny hair to make a compelling story.
You need to bring your own smartphone or tablet to take part in this activity. Free app available for iOS and Andriod.


Ralph Breaks the Internet

Walt Disney Animation Studios Concept Art Exhibition

Browse an incredible collection of concept art from Walt Disney Animation studio’s latest Wreck It Ralph movie Ralph Breaks the Internet flown in exclusively for BFX festival.

Computer Museum Exhibition

The Centre for Computing history will be bringing a fantastic display of computing throughout the ages. Mum’s and Dad’s will love this trip down memory lane and everyone can have a go at playing retro games on early machines and arcade games.