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Random Acts Roadshow – Wednesday 5 April 2017, 1 – 4pm

CREATE  hosts…

The Random Acts Roadshow. (Screen South and Film Oxford)

Wednesday 5 April 2017, 1pm-4pm, Chakrabarti Lecture Theatre (Room JHB 208), Oxford Brookes University.

Free event, all welcome.

Random Acts is a production scheme supported by Arts Council England and Channel 4. It is open to talented young creative people 16 – 24 years old who would like to make bold expressions of creativity in a 3min short film.

Random Acts is Channel 4’s short film strand dedicated to the arts, founded in 2011 to escape the conventions of arts broadcasting and to expand its possibilities.

The programme includes training, development and production support for selected projects. The short films can be up to 3 minutes with a budget of up to £4,000. All films will be considered by C4 for online and broadcast opportunities across their Random Acts strand.

Find out more and book a place on the FILM OXFORD website.

Random Acts Funding Roadshow

Virtual Reality Meetup – 6:00pm 16th Feb 2017

Looking forward to the…

3rd VR Meetup in Oxford

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017, 6:00 PM

Headington Hill Hall
Oxford Brookes University Oxford, GB

14 VR witnesses Attending

Hey everyone,Hope you had an enjoyable holiday season!We’re getting back into the swing of things here at Oxford’s Virtual Reality Crowd.  Our next Meetup will be Thursday February 16 from 6 to 8 pm at Headington Hill Hall,  Oxford Brookes University.A couple items on the agenda we have already are a discussion and invitation for collaboration r…

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Friday 11 November, 5 – 8 pm

Main Lecture Theatre, Oxford Brookes University, Marston Road Site, OX3 0FL

Barbara’s Story  (White Boat TV)


Saturday 12 November, 10 – 12 am

Health film workshop 1

In collaboration with Oxford Brookes University Digital Media Production Staff and Students and their CREATE Research Unit

At the Rose Hill Community Centre, Carole’s Way, Rose Hill, Oxford OX4 4HF

Health film workshop 2 – documentary film making for health films by Artem Agafonov

At the Lecture Theatre, Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG


Saturday 12 November, 1 – 4 pm

Lecture Theatre, Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG

Up For Air  (Navigo Productions)


Sunday 13 November, 10 – 12 am

Lecture Theatre, Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG

Film Competition: Highly Commended Films

Sunday 13 November, 1 – 4 pm

Lecture Theatre, Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG

Cathy Come Home (dir. Ken Loach)

Join us with Oxford’s Virtual Reality Crowd – 22nd Oct 10am – 1pm

Inaugural VR Meetup in Oxford!

Saturday, Oct 22, 2016, 10:00 AM

Headington Hill Hall
Oxford Brookes University Oxford, GB

2 VR witnesses Attending

Hey everybody,Great news – we have now secured an appropriate venue for our first ever Oxford’s Virtual Reality Crowd event!Please join us at 10:00 AM on Saturday October 22 in the Green Room inside Headington Hill Hall (Oxford Brookes University).Google Maps:…

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VR Night – Thursday June 16th, 7.30pm

This month we are hosting an exciting VR taster session. Please RSVP on Meetup if you are coming.

VR night (Virtual Reality)

Thursday, Jun 16, 2016, 7:30 PM

Film Oxford (OFVM)
54 Catherine Street Oxford OX4 3AH, GB

13 Creatives Attending

An opportunity to immerse yourself in virtual reality. Bring your own VR demo / software or just enjoy having a go with this exciting medium.Please get in touch if you would like to participate with an exhibition of your own work or of a favourite example of VR.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016 7:30 PM – Richard Curtis – Deep Dive into Photoshop 3d

Richard Curtis – Deep Dive into Photoshop 3d

Thursday, Apr 21, 2016, 7:30 PM

Film Oxford (OFVM)
54 Catherine Street Oxford OX4 3AH, GB

16 Creatives Attending

Adobe’s Richard Curtis will join us in Oxford to provide a guided tour of Photoshop’s 3d tools. He will demonstrate how to work with virtual models to enhance photos, explain 3d printing functions, look at the character posing for stills and more. This “Deep DIve” session is an opportunity to explore in detail this powerful, under used aspect of th…

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Digital Creatives Oxford – What’s new in 2016

Digital Creatives Oxford is an official Adobe User Group hosting free meetings featuring speakers, hot tips, networking and informal pub meetings to link up people with an interest in cutting edge creative practices. Loosely based around the Adobe Creative Cloud offering we look at a range of techniques that these and other tools afford the digital artist.

The group was established in 2008 and continues to grow in popularity. This year we are sad to announce the departure of Glenn Clarkson who has put a huge amount of effort into building the community into what it is today. Many thanks to Glenn and Les for all their hard work and friendship. Best of luck with your move up North.

Plans for the group are to work closer with other related local groups. The third Thursday meeting slot will be shared with the Production Group, we hope this will initiate to some interesting projects and synergies. We also plan to streamline the Adobe Groups by merging Digital Creatives Oxford with Digital Film Editors. This is an attempt to simplify the groups administration and lessen the need for cross posting events.

We look forward to seeing you at future events and suggest you sign up to our Meetup page for future event announcements.

Meeting Report: Visual FX with Ken Turner

Our December meeting saw the welcome return of visual effects supervisor and animation director Ken Turner.

Ken works on on high-end drama ( Poldark, Downton Abbey and The Paradise ) and low budget horror features films. Both forms have similar budgets suitable for a small high-end studio such as Lexhag where he works as head of CG.

DSC_2956-2Ken’s latest work on the TV series Dickensian is set to start broadcasting on BBC One in December 2015.

He started the evening by running two of his show reels and discussing some of sequences in detail. For the sequence of the boy growing angel’s wings Ken said “this blend of visual and physical effects to create the boy in bed and wings emerging was probably the hardest thing I have ever done. I spent two months working on the feathers. Each one individually modelled and animated”.

Ken talked of the ‘smoke and mirrors’ effect required to cause distraction and focus the audience on the action required by the director; “With and understanding of the brain and artist composition we can direct the eye where we want it to go. Stuff that feels real will hide the stuff that isn’t because the brain doesn’t have time to process everything before we move onto the next shot”

Visual effects require extremely large amounts of computing power. Minutes to process each frame can become hours to complete each shot. But the technology behind VFX becomes faster and cheaper every year. Improvements in cloud computing mean that Ken can being to compete with the capabilities of studios with large in-house computing power.

Observe then CreateDuring the evening Ken talked of the process of observation and iterative creation as depicted in this image; commenting on the fact that this applied to all creative processes not just animation or visual effects. “the key is to approve the broad strokes first before adding the finer detail. There’s no point in painting wrinkles on skin if the director can’t decide on the shape of the monster.”

wasp_stillBy way of illustration of this Ken described his starting point as creating mood-boards and showing how he created menacing wasps for the film Dementamania. He started with much research about wasps, acquiring lots of images and comparing them. Lots of repeat images and patterns emerged as he created the threatening wasps.

Ken used 3dsMax to create working 3D physical models, and Allegorithmic Substance Designer for look development. “realtime tools such as Substance Designer are the future of VFX. Iterating surface qualities without waiting minutes for the screen to refresh is amazing.”

sunset_stillFinally Ken demonstrated compositing in Blackmagic Design Fusion . He showed how to create a video sequence sunset scene with moving clouds and a flock of birds flying across the sky. The background was created from a photograph and the birds from just one basic bird shape repeated multiple times. [YouTube tutorial of the composite].  Fusion has free to download and professional versions.

This evening was hosted by Modern Art Oxford as part of the Film Oxford Residency month.