ACCESS:VFX is a global, industry-led, non-profit comprised of 40 leading companies, industry bodies and educational establishments in the VFX, animation and games industries.
In October, ACCESS:VFX visited Norwich University of the Arts as part of a Careers Hub day, inviting local schools and colleges to meet industry professionals and find out more about the industry.
To start the day, myself and a group of industry professional introduced ourselves and the companies we represented. Joining me were VFX Course Leader Saint Walker, Ian Murphy Compositing Coach, Emily Ledger Producer at Rockstar, Javert Valbarr HitFilm, Katie Gascoyne and Tom Box Blue Zoe and Chris Cook Lead Modeller Framestore.
The visiting students and teachers were then treated to a variety of presentations, from behind-the-scenes VFX breakdowns of Disney’s Christopher Robin, to advice clinics on how to break into the industry.
My own workshop focused on ‘Teaching and Studying VFX & Animation,’ sharing online resources, courses and Animated Women UK.
The aim of the day was to expose students to the possibility of a career in Animation and VFX, an industry the currently lacks diversity. ACCESS:VFX continues to actively pursue and encouraging inclusion, awareness and opportunity under its four pillars of Inspiration, Education, Mentoring and Recruitment.