Simon Payne

Principal Technical Animator - Creative Assembly (Sega)

Simon Payne has over 20 years’ experience in both VFX and Games industries. Simon brings together lead level experience in multiple disciplines, to the benefit of his primary specialisation in the field of Character Rigging. Simon has worked for many of the top VFX facilities and others of contrasting sizes, as well as EA’s Criterion Games, and Sega’s Creative Assembly, where he is currently Principal Technical Artist. Simon has also authored top-selling online video tutorials for CMI VFX, and provided workshops and guest lectures for Bournemouth University over the past 7 years.

Creative Assembly is one of Europe’s leading games development studios, founded in 1987 and located in West Sussex, UK and in Sofia, Bulgaria. With a heritage of award-winning AAA titles, including the multi-million selling Total War™ series, Creative Assembly continues to build an impressive portfolio of games and world-renowned partnerships; working with Games Workshop on Total War™: WARHAMMER®, Twentieth Century Fox on Alien: Isolation, plus 343 Industries and Microsoft on Halo Wars 2. Creative Assembly has, with their exceptionally talented team of over 500, amassed a wealth of awards, including multiple Best Place to Work awards and recent accolades from BAFTA, Music+Sound and Develop’s Industry Excellence awards. www.creative-assembly.com

Bilateral Careers in VFX and Games

  • A Dual Career – a walk through Simon’s own career
  • What Games And Film VFX Can Learn From Each Other
  • The Professional’s Future – Tech, Workflow, Expectations
  • Career Anxieties, First experiences, Specialisations, Mental Health, Self-Judgement, Diversity

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Matthew Walker

Matthew Walker

Georgina Hurcombe and George Caton-Coult

Georgina Hurcombe and George Caton-Coult

Paloma Baeza

Paloma Baeza

Elizabeth Rega

Elizabeth Rega

Bluezoo

Bluezoo

Shelley Page

Shelley Page

Nick Roberts

Nick Roberts

Talewind studios

Talewind

Talewind

Sylvia Pan, Gavin Buckingham, Sam Watts and Zillah Watson

Sylvia Pan, Gavin Buckingham, Sam Watts and Zillah Watson

Guy Gadney and Shaojun Bian

Guy Gadney and Shaojun Bian

Tom Morledge

Tom Morledge

Chris Frausig

Chris Frausig

Kevin McDowell and Gerald Fitzgerald

Kevin McDowell and Gerald Fitzgerald

Tara Saunders

Tara Saunders

Michael McKenna and Brad Blackbourn

Michael McKenna and Brad Blackbourn

Paul Campion

Paul Campion

Hannah Kenton and Jonathan Wannyn

Hannah Kenton and Jonathan Wannyn

Marion Strunck and David Fleet

Marion Strunck and David Fleet

Scott Pritchard

Scott Pritchard

Zak Chamberlain, Tom Box, John O’Really, Dave Fleet and Simon Le Grand

Zak Chamberlain, Tom Box, John O’Really, Dave Fleet and Simon Le Grand

Sam Keehan

Sam Keehan

Mat Irvine

Mat Irvine

Rikki Trembath, Matt Traynar and Tom Minor

Rikki Trembath, Matt Traynar and Tom Minor

Andrew Robertson

Andrew Robertson

Milk VFX

Milk VFX

James Brennan-Craddock, Matt Kavanagh, James Hattsmith and Gen Mcmahon

James Brennan-Craddock, Matt Kavanagh, James Hattsmith and Gen Mcmahon

Dara McGarry, Sid Harrington-Odedra, Engy Jarrouj and Amy Backwell

Dara McGarry, Sid Harrington-Odedra, Engy Jarrouj and Amy Backwell

Phil Stuart

Phil Stuart

Epic Games

Epic Games

Treehouse Digital

Treehouse Digital

Sian Warren, Chris Hull, Nanna Nielsen and  Francis Ogunyanwo

Sian Warren, Chris Hull, Nanna Nielsen and Francis Ogunyanwo