Panel: Real-time in Animation

Thursday 10 November 14.15-16.15
We are DNEG, one of the world’s leading visual effects and animation studios for feature film and television. We have over 20 years of industry experience and we are honoured to have won seven Academy Awards for ‘Best VFX’ in recent years.

Zak has over 10 years experience in the industry, he is an Unreal Engine Artist and Feature Animation Layout Artist at DNEG.

Since starting the studio in London in 2000, we have grown to become one of the leading animation studios in the UK. Our ethos is to build a positive workplace environment which is supportive of all talent and celebrates difference. We’re incredibly proud that Blue Zoo is the first major animation studio in the world to receive B Corporation certification, using the power of animation for good. We are also really happy to be a “Broadcast Best Places to work in TV” workplace several years in a row, voted on by our staff.

Tom graduate form Bournemouth University in 2000 with a first class honours in Computer Visualisation & Animation. BlueZoo was founded on his graduation with classmates Oli Hyatt and Adam Shaw. With over 20 years experience Tom refers to himself as ” A Tech geek who loves making visual stuff.

ased in London, LA and Sydney, we make talked about work in film and interactive media. Be it handcrafted or high-tech, we create heartfelt stories and experiences that transform brands and engage audiences through the power of entertainment and culture. Our world-class roster of directing talent is backed by our 180-seat studio and team of experienced production staff, creative thinkers, animators, technical directors, coders, illustrators, designers and makers. A rostrum room, green screen shooting studio, edit suite, render farm, craft and electronic workshop further allow us to do everything in-house. Our work includes Academy Award nominated animation, Grammy nominated music videos, D&AD black pencil and triple Cannes Grand Prix winning commercials and D&AD white pencil, Lovie and Webby winning digital and immersive experiences.

John O’Really, Technical Artist, Nexus Studios,


John O’Really is a Technical Artist at Nexus Studios, a double BAFTA-winning and Oscar, Emmy and Grammy nominated creative studio working at the cutting edge of Animation and Immersive technology.

 John is an integral part of Nexus Studios’ Real-Time division; dedicated to harnessing existing game engine technology for stylised and visually distinct narrative animation. Having an in-depth understanding of Real-Time technology and a knack for problem solving, John specialises in shaders, look development, optimisation and visual effects. 

Their portfolio includes the trailer for Patrick Osborne’s show ‘This Tape Deck is a Time Machine’ which was entirely made in-engine, and Amazon Studios’ animated talk show for ‘The Legend of Vox Machina’ finale, in which members of the Critical Role cast digitally puppeteered animated characters live on Twitch. John’s expertise has also been a contributing factor in the making of interactive installations, AR and VR experiences, games and animated spots.

Untold Studios is a BAFTA and Emmy nominated independent creative studio and community; a cultural hub of creative talent that have come together with the desire to create culturally relevant content for the many and sometimes the few.

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