Category: Move Summit

Move Summit – A melting pot and incubator of ideas

“I’d spent the weeks before Move Summit watching our production team shrink as one-by-one my colleagues got roped into the monumental effort that is organising an animation festival.

My job was to hold the fort at Interference Pattern HQ though, so that meant that when I made it to Move Summit on the Friday I could relax and enjoy myself as a delegate. And I had a fantastic time!

As I arrived at the venue I bumped into a few industry acquaintances who were looking a bit worse for wear after Drink and Draw the evening the before. (They admitted to having done a bit more drinking than drawing.)

Drink and Draw at Brewdog

Packed out private room for Move Summit guests at Brewdog for Drink and Draw

With coffee and pastries in-hand we headed into two of the stand-out talks of the event: Dr Stuart Sumida: Animal Anatomy Consultant, and Mathieu Muller: Unity Field Engineer. Both speakers were absolutely inspirational and mobbed by people wanting to ask questions afterwards (Mathieu was so happy to take questions and chat to delegates that he eventually had to be rescued for lunch before the sandwiches ran out).

Dr Stuart Sumida anatomy expert flew into from the U.S.A to join us at Move Summit

Neil Riley’s Electric Theatre Collective talk was the highlight of my afternoon. Partly because of the creative and open-minded way they approached their Great Western Railways commercial – but mainly because Neil admitted that a couple of shots were still at pre-vis stage just weeks before final delivery. Clearly they pulled it off brilliantly and delivered a fantastic piece of work on time but it’s good to know that in the creative industries, where you’re trying to achieve something new with every project, it’s rarely the case that things progress in a nice smooth linear fashion. Having a decent contingency plan-B (or G, or Z) is more important than sticking rigidly to plan-A, and that gives you the freedom to break new ground creatively as you work.

Neil Riley of Electric Theatre Collective doing the speed pitching sessions

Neil Riley of Electric Theatre Collective doing post talk speed pitching sessions with Move delegates

Then, when the afternoon talks had finished and someone had handed my my first beer of the evening I got to catch up with friends & colleagues, chat to some of the day’s speakers, and meet some passionate and talented students and industry-entrants.

Whilst the speakers and talks at Move Summit were top-class and genuinely inspirational, I think what struck me most was how much it served as a melting pot and incubator of ideas. I heard studios giving from-the-coalface feedback to a unity developer who, in turn, was musing on how to implement some of the creature morphology commandments laid down by a anatomy professor. At the other end of the spectrum I spoke to loads of student who’d got a real insight into the industry and had feedback and advice directly from representatives of studios that they dream of working in one day.

Finally, after a few more beers, I had to call it a day and headed home buzzing from such a fantastic event (and also relieved that I wasn’t part of the clean-up team the next morning).”

Lucy Tiere

Producer at Interference Pattern

Move Summit magic – reasons for a sell out success?

Here’s the top 5 aspects which make Move Summit very, very special! From my perspective as co- founder and director for 2017 and 2018, but influenced by lovely comments on the day too!

1. Speakers who hang out all day and night!

The great thing about our speakers at Move Summit, is they tend to get absorbed in everything that is going on during the day and evening!  I’ve been to many events across the globe where speakers rush in and out for their talks, without time to take a breath and talk with other delegates. With Move we’ve been so fortunate that our speakers love to stick around – they arrive early, they leave late and they do a lot of organised and informal helping in between. This has taken the form of our returning creative reviews for students, new speed pitching sessions, all alongside answering one to one questions after their talk, and mingling with the delegates for our evening activities. Quite often our speakers are among the first and last ones standing! On that note, stamina winners for last standing place are in 3rd.  Mathieu Muller of Unity  2nd. Damien O’Connor of Brown Bag Films   1st . Paul Wells of Animation Academy  But who wins this year’s Speaker Hero Award?

Last year the award went to duo Lee Greatorex and Doug Lamour of MPC for making to Move after an extremely long delay in Storm Dorris. This year the Speaker Hero Award goes to Tom Box of Blue Zoo! Who delivered three talks in one day – his own talk on his animated short film Mamoon & other works, followed by last minute stepping in for a talk on ANIMDOJO, and thereafter graciously accepted an invite from Bafta Scotland to talk about his Bafta nominated film. Kudos!

2. Hungry attendees

Okay, animation delegates have a hearty appetite, on that note does anyone out there want to sponsor our catering? But we’re not referring to the eating hunger here, but the hunger to: learn, connect, make the most of your time at Move! The organisers feel it, but more importantly the speakers feel it (thanks to living screenwriting legend Paul Wells for coining the term!) It makes their time worth while as they want to be helpful.  There is not one blase or bored attendee at Move (we even had emotionally moved delegates with the Blue Zoo film screening).

This is why our speaker have already asked to come back, as they know they’re donating their free time (off their normal day where they earn money) to a worthy cause where they had fun in the process, they like our vibe.  The added bonus is speakers become ambassadors to help spread the word of Move, and this year we’ve an International Ambassador Dr Stuart Sumida from the USA who is consulting expert to animation studios all over the world. With another sold out event, the volunteers team time is truly valued too with a full attendance and high energy delegates.

 

3. Awesome sponsors

Move is a grass roots industry initiative, that is a community run and a non profit event and ticket income along isn’t enough to cover costs of the event. So we rely on industry sponsors to help make Move happen with their lovely thick wad of cash donation. But moreover, they donate in-kind – their time, their skills and expertise on the day or in the lead up to the event.

Our sponsors for 2018 included:

  • Axis Animation – made a donation, had many speakers at the event and did creative reviews
  • Heehaw – made a donation, delivered a workshop, did creative reviews  and filmed the day
  • Scotland Loves Anime – made a donation and helped with curation
  • Creative Europe – made a donation, run 1:1 sessions, and curated Paul Kewley of Aardman
  • Stampede – whose chief is our Design Director and co-founder

Oh nearly forgot, how dare I, don’t tell the boss:

  • Interference Pattern – who were the lead organisers, donated time of five employees, curated speakers and sponsors, and brought together the winning team.
  • We created Move Summit as an scalable extension of our industry connection work with colleges and universities. We wanted to bring in world class speaker talent via our wider network, to give equal access and benefit to all students and professionals.

Our venue sponsors must be appreciated too:

The super cool space for creatives Whitespace who have supported Move since day dot, the place for tech and creative companies to be based – Codebase and for learning tech skills – Codeclan.  Also our event run smoothly thanks to our expert AV suppliers and technicians Vision Events. 

Curator Simon Haslett with MPCs Rob Hopper and Christian Guthrie

4. Volunteers who share your passions!

None of the volunteers day jobs are as event organisers, and the majority of them fit in Move planning in their spare time. So we may not be perfect, but we are passionate!  Our team has that magic ingredient that money can’t buy, the same interests as you and they have your back! They want to help you: improve your knowledge and skills for career progression, make that connection whether for a job or creative collaboration, and to lift up your individual and the Scottish animation industry enterprising aspirations and to provide opportunities and pragmatic solutions for them to be realised.

Thanks to our terrific planning team who work great together, as the team contribute their talents and interests for suited roles akin to a studio, rather than having a committee structure

Planning team

  • Emerging talent curation and engagement – Caroline Parkinson and Jonathan Mortimer
  • Professional curation – Sharon Campbell and Tom Bryant, plus Lucy Teire, Simon Haslett, Wendy Godridge, Iain Gardner, Mick Cooke, Will Adams and Fraser Maclean
  • Project Management – Tone Persson, Eloise Coveny
  • Move Late Director – Holly May Ward and Volunteer Management – Josephine Green
  • Design Director  – Denis Mallon, Communications Director – Brian Baglow
  • Social media manager – Tone Persson with Seamus Lumsden & Blazzing Griffin Aurora grads
  • Support with curation and promotion from Animation CentrifugeCMNS, Escape Studios

A big thanks everyone else who donated their time, including our volunteers on the day and our amazing hosts who love animation like you do – Kate O’Connor from Animation UK, Erik Ravaglia,  Iain Gardner of Animation Garden, and Move’s own Caroline Parkinson of Interface.

5. Cool tech & evening activities

During Move at Whitespace, we had the impressive Soluis demoing their ace VR work for Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Evening activities at Move Late were popular as ever, as Holly-May Ward extended her organisation to develop a lovely relaxed evening of activities, on Thursday culminating with a Drink and Draw session at the lovely Brewdog pub. Friday night’s awesome Move Late included a cool tech exhibition and demo area with VR and AR for the crowds to don the goggles and be entertained. Bright Side Studios, Vitei Backroom giving us a world exclusive first play of their new game Paper Valley, and our very own Interference Pattern along with Articise with a demo of their recent VR work. With the addition of Stewart Brewing craft beer and pizza, and the magic ingredient of a hugely sociable crowd networking to the max closed the event perfectly.

Feedback

I couldn’t be at three venues and witness all the awesome goings on, so we need your help with your feedback as I’m sure I and the team missed loads!  Along and with any links to your reviews/photos/blogs of 2018 and please complete the review survey. Who do you want to hear from and meet at Move Summit 2019? Send your ideas to info@movesummit.co.uk please. Thanks!

That’s all folks!

Jayne Coulthard

Co-Founder & Director of Move Summit – 2017 & 2018

Business & Community Manager at Interference Pattern

Move Summit 18 – It’s a wrap!

Move Summit 2018

That’s a wrap on another successful year of MOVE Summit!

Move Summit host @ Whitespace, Erik Ravaglia warms up for the day!

On the 15th and 16th of February the Move Summit animation and vfx festival took place here in Edinburgh. Move Summit is Scotland’s only dedicated animation industry event and now in only its second year, Move Summit has gained a large following from within the industry and education alike selling-out for consecutive years. This highlights the need for such an event and also serves to highlight the conspicuous absence of one, prior to the inaugural Move Summit in February of 2017.

The goals of the summit are to educate, promote and inspire within the animation, visual effects, visualisation and games industries, pulling together practitioners, students and studio representatives from around the world for two days of networking, discussion, learning and hopefully forging long lasting relationships. For the second year running, Interference Pattern acted as the keystone of the summit’s organisational team, a brilliant group with whom we pulled together an extensive programme, expanding on last years event in almost every area.

Mattieu Muller of Unity 3D talks with eager delegates after his presentation.

As one of the directors of Move Summit I had the pleasure this year of both coordinating the professionals schedule, in conjunction with Sharon Campbell (animation course leader at Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee) as well as overseeing the operational and financial sides of the event management. It was a lot of responsibility to take on, especially alongside my duties as MD and creative director at the Interference Pattern studio but all of the hard work and long hours over the past few months have been absolutely worth it. The feedback that we have received from attendees and speakers has been overwhelmingly positive. We are already in the early planning stages for 2019’s event and looking at how we can incorporate feedback and consultations to continue to improve and evolve Move Summit, to deliver what the industry and education need from the event.

Delegates at Whitespace enjoying the talks

The professionals schedule was a packed programme of talks, panel discussions and workshops spread between two seperate venues, over two days. We had speakers from Aardman Animations, Blue Zoo, jellyfish Pictures, MPC, Axis Studios, Unity 3D, Electric Theatre Collective, Brown Bag, Boulder Media, Soluis, to name but a few! Pulling together such an extensive schedule was a challenge but we succeeded in not only upping the volume of content on last year but also maintaining the high quality levels that we set ourselves.

The Move Summit 2018 schedule in full – what a lineup!

Alongside the professionals and industry aspect of the schedule we ran a full days programme dedicated to emerging talent, which we define as those either currently engaged in full time education or the recently graduated who still have to find employment. This day featured workshops, inspirational talks and panels, all geared towards portfolio presentation and getting students fired up and job-ready. I was a member of a panel presentation discussing industry tips for students putting together their portfolios, in readiness for applying for work after graduation. It was reassuring to hear that all on the panel were virtually unified in our desires for what we like to see in a portfolio and how that should be presented to prospective studios.

Emerging talent delegates hear some portfolio gems from studio leads and recruitment

A popular thread of last years summit, the student portfolio review sessions, were back this year by popular demand. Yet again we expanded on what we offered last year and were running review sessions throughout the two days of the festival. These reviews allowed students and artists to sign up for a 15 minute slot where they could present their portfolio work to an experienced professional for feedback and discussion. An excellent way to get students talking critically about their own artwork and also to get potentially good candidates in front of those studio representatives  who need to see that work. Our team of reviewers was a crack-team,  assembled from our wonderful guest speakers, studio leaders and department leads from within the Scottish industry, higher education course leaders, alongside talented artists currently employed within the Scottish animation industry. I doubt that many of the students attending would have expected that they would have the opportunity to present their work to the likes of Tom Box, MD of Blue Zoo, Tom feist-Wilson of Jellyfish Pictures, studio team-leads from Axis Studios or Mattieu Muller of Unity.

Emerging talent portfolio review sessions in full swing.

We capped the portfolio review thread of the summit off with a round of rapid-fire student speed-pitches, at the end of Friday’s speaking programme. Squeezed in before dinner and the Move Late after-party VR exhibition kicked off the students were all in a talkative mood and fired-up after the days excitement. yet again our group of gamely speakers and studio representatives stepped-up to the task, to field 30 minutes of thee lively drop-in sessions.

I had great fun participating in both the reviews and the speed pitches and really see this as one of the successes of the event. For me being able to facilitate getting artists at the start of their careers in front of those with the knowledge and advice was heartening to see and made me proud of what we have achieved so far with Move.

Student speed-pitching sessions in full swing.

Throughout the year and leading up to the event Interference Pattern has provided crucial financial and organisational support, forming a core of the organisational team. Our business and community development manager, Jayne Coulthard acting as Move Summit Director and myself as Financial and Operations Director and co-curator of the professionals programme. We worked throughout the year pulling together the threads of the event along with the wider organisational team, ramping up to almost full-time during January and February, making sure that we had all of the organisational details covered and everything needed in place.  Even so, we were still up until the early hours the day before the event fixing all of the attendee and speaker names stickers to our lovely lanyard cards and improvising a solution to the problem of having ordered plastic pockets too small to hold the nicely printed cards we had printed to place inside.

A packed crowd for talks at the Codebase venue

This year the event was only made possible by our generous financial and in-kind support from our sponsors, a range of studios and companies who share our vision for the Move Summit and the positive message and action that it can take forwards about the Scottish animation industry, to the rest of the world. We truly are an industry-led event, by industry, for industry.

Our very own private bar at Move Late, serving draught craft beers, courtesy of Stewarts Brewing.

Finally a huge thanks and shout-out has to go out to Move’s sponsors, animation Interference Pattern, Axis Studios, Anime Ltd, HeeHaw, Stampede, Whitespace, Vision Events and Creative Europe. Alongside our key sponsors I also wish to thank all of our affiliate partners for helping to spread the word to their networks. Spreading the word to as many people as possible will enable the summit to grow and prosper and hopefuly the sector as a whole in scotland along with it.

 

Thanks from the organisation team to all those involved in this years Move Summit 18, be it speakers, volunteers or attendees.

We are looking forwards to showing what we can do with Move Summit 2019!

Tom Bryant

a Director of Move Summit – 2017 & 2018

Founder and Creative Director at Interference Pattern.

 

Move Summit to return, event team & recruitment

Move Summit returns for 2018

We are officially announcing Move Summit will return 2018! Interference Pattern wanted to create this cosmopolitan animation festival to celebrate and stimulate innovation, collaboration and international outlook in the industry. The vision became a reality, as Move was wholeheartedly adopted by the community from Inverness to London, and gained valuable industry support. Thank you for the requests for Move 2018, do you want to help this event become bigger and better next year? Join us as …..

  • an event team member – see recruitment roles below
  • a delegate – sign up for updates on our website, follow/join us on  Twitter and Facebook
  • a speaker, recruiter or exhibitor  – please contact jaynec at interferencepattern dot com
  • an a industry supporter, please contact Jaynec at interferencepattern.com  – and join confirmed 2018 supporters Axis AnimationSoluisWhitespace, Heehaw, and Animation Centrifuge.
Move Summit, creative reviews session with Fraser Maclean and an emerging talent participant at Whitespace

Creative reviews with industry expert Fraser Maclean and emerging talent participant at Whitespace

 

Move 2018 event team

So revealing the event team line up for 2018 (and also who was also at helm in 2017):

  • Move Summit Director – Jayne Coulthard (Interference Pattern)
  • Move Late Director – Holly May Ward (Vision Events)
  • Move Design Director  – Denis Mallon (Freelancer)
  • Move International Communications Director – Brian Baglow (Digit)
  • Move Social Media Manager – Lynsey Wight (Freelancer)
  • Social Media Support – Adele Khawli – (Axis Animation)
  • Move Event Production Co-ordinator & Exhibitions Curator – Eloise Coveny (Freelancer)
  • Move Volunteer Co-ordinator – Jo Green (Freelancer)
  • Move Summit – Emerging Talent Host – Erik Ravaglia (freelancer)
  • Move Official/Finance Director – Tom Bryant (Interference Pattern)

With the tremendous addition for Move Summit 2018:

 

Full attendance with the emerging talent audience in Whitespace main hall

Full attendance with the emerging talent audience in Whitespace

Recruitment

We are looking to recruit for these volunteer roles to join our team,  if you wish to apply, please describe any relevant experience and more importantly your passion to be involved by emailing info at movesummit.co dot uk

  • Event Manager (Move Summit)
  • Sales, Tickets & Registration Co-ordinator
  • Recruitment Hub Co-ordinator
  • Hospitality Co-ordinator
  • Move Summit, or Move Late volunteers
  • Social Media support
  • Photographers
Manny Dapaah from Escape Studios enjoying Buzludzha VR in our exhibition space at Whitespace.

Manny Dapaah from Escape Studios enjoying Buzludzha VR in our exhibition space at Whitespace

Move Summit – Top 10 Tweets

We totally agree with  that  ‘a tweet can never do justice to the significance and impact of ! But what a terrific amount of positive tweets we received, so we’ve had a tough time to narrow it down this snapshot reflection of the day …

  1. ‘ With the dawn of every medium comes new players, new rules’: Dennis of Dennis and Debbie Club talks on the panel
  2.  Had the most awesome day at the ! Super inspirational talks+very useful feedback on my portfolio by Jon Beeston @
  3. Drew Gibson‏ A highlight… Question: Why was it shot bluescreen and not greenscreen? Answer: Because its the jungle #MoveSummit
  4. Richard Slaney If you were at @Move_Summit and excited about projecting on random objects then send your reel to jobs @59productions dot co dot uk
  5.  # Takeaway advice from @Move_Summit student morning: Work hard & don’t be a dick #movesummit
  6.  Virtual Reality/Games panel Well done! Finally Scotland’s Games & Animation sector under one roof!
  7.  Brilliant day learning about VR & AR & 360 film & projecting onto strange surfaces & dawn of war characters.
  8. Fraser Reid  Had a brilliant day at #MoveSummit Brilliant show of talent in Scotland.
  9.  Insights achieved! Keep an eye on this one for 2018. My highlights Axis,   & .
  10. With full attendance during #StormDorris ,  and Doug Larmour from MPC won a Move Spirit Award for perseverance in getting to us, and soon after won an Oscar Academy Award! Lee tweeted: ‘Really good evening with the folks. Glad we finally made it there! Hope people found the talk useful!’
Emerging talent session with careers panel line up with industry experts - Paul Mackman (host), Will Adams, Elaine McElroy, Mally Graveson, Jon Neill, Hudson Martins and Debbie Ross.

Emerging talent session ‘Careers Panel’ line up with industry experts – Paul Mackman (host), Will Adams, Elaine McElroy, Mally Graveson, Jon Neill, Hudson Martins and Debbie Ross.

5 Move Summit Exclusives

  1. We were hands on with new  game audio/VR  product  
  2. New version of Buzludzha VR (see Manny from Escape Studios enjoying this in the photo above)
  3. Nothing to Declare animated short film team shared a preview of their collaborative film (for which our Tom Bryant is technical director). See the full premiere at EIFF
  4. Unstable Creations created a captivating custom-made projection for Move Late networking.
  5.  with Movement Music Mixed Reality DJ at Move Late wowed with real-time depth of field wall projection which was live streamed,  a world first!
VR Panel line up - Hugh Hancock, Darroch McNaught, Dennis Reinmülller, Maggie Kosek and Fergus Bruce deep in discussion pre-talk

VR Panel line up – Hugh Hancock, Darroch McNaught, Dennis Reinmülller, Maggie Kosek and Fergus Bruce deep in discussion pre-talk. Plus Brian Baglow (invisible panel chair…)

5 Move News and Reviews

  1.  Move Summit was featured in the Scotsman
  2.  All Media Scotland summed up the success of Move.
  3. In their blog Axis Animation declared it was: “fantastic to hear from so many talented, young students eager to pursue a career in the creative industries and develop their skills”.
  4. Peter Rodgers at Realise who shared in his blog “Move Summit was certainly a source of inspiration and showcased the risks and rewards of being on the cutting edge”.
  5. Facebook review by Iain MacArthur “Everyone I met was charged with excitement and people were networking and chatting like at all good events. The quality of speakers and work being showcased was top notch and the opportunity for students to get feedback on work was greatly appreciated.”

 

Students and recent graduates during a break of the emergent talent sessions.

Students and recent graduates during a break of the emergent talent sessions.

 

Get Ready to Move

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Edinburgh is getting ready to play host to some of the UK’s biggest animation studios, as part of Scotland’s largest commercial animation event. Move Summit 2017 takes place on February 23rd, and features appearances from 59 Productions, Axis Animation, Red Knuckles, and a host of other big name talent. The event will be a rare opportunity to glimpse behind the scenes on some of the most exciting animation work of the last few years.

Move Summit is also a chance to celebrate the talent of tomorrow: the students and recent graduates who are building their career in the animation industry. An exclusive Emerging Talent workshop forms a central strand to the event, with a chance to interact with industry mentors and make valuable connections for the future. Award-winning Scottish studios Axis Animation, Interference Pattern, Whitespace, Once Were Farmers and Werewolf will be joined by talent incubator Animation Centrifuge, to offer insight and knowhow.

In addition to the top-notch lineup of speakers, attendees can look forward to hands-on technology previews, a live animation project, and a chance to network with fellow animation professionals at an evening event in Edinburgh’s bustling Old Town.

Event Co-ordinator Jayne Coulthard says “We wanted to shed light on the fantastic animation industry we have here in Scotland, particularly within the commercial sector. We aim to bring creatives together from film, television, advertising, games, and visual arts to celebrate the joy of making things move.”
Move Summit will be hosted at Whitespace, just off Edinburgh’s Princes St. Tickets are available now, starting at £50. Early bird pricing is available until January 31st.

Move Summit

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Join us for Scotland’s largest dedicated commercial animation event. We’re bringing creatives together from film, television, advertising, games, and visual arts – to celebrate the joy of making things move.

http://www.movesummit.co.uk/

Move Summit offers a rare opportunity to glimpse behind the scenes on some of the most exciting animation work of the last few years. We’re welcoming a top-tier selection of award winning guests, ready to share their experiences of working with household name clients.

In addition to the top-notch lineup of speakers, attendees can look forward to hands-on technology previews throughout the day and a chance to network with fellow animation professionals at an exclusive evening event in Edinburgh’s bustling Old Town.