Prosthetics and CGI: From the Real to the Virtual

Prosthetics and CGI: From the Real to the Virtual

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Wednesday, 25 January, 2017
6:30 for 7:00pm

Location

ITV London Studios
Upper Ground, South Bank
London
SE1 9LT
United Kingdom
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Do they aid or hamper creativity, and is it a myth to say that they are too expensive to use in TV production?

This event covers every aspect of CGI and Prosthetics from the initial ideas and creative process through production  including budgets & schedules), the shooting process through to the delivery of the product.

The panel includes Will Cohen, co-founder of MILK VFX, who lead the visual effects teams working on several feature films and TV series most recently including Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (Warner Bros.), Sherlock (BBC/Hartswood), Doctor Who (BBC); Neill Gorton, with 'Being Human', and 'Phantom of the Opera' credits: Graeme Harper - Veteran TV/Film Director whose credits include the original and the current 'Dr Who':  and Gary Negus from Sohonet, now connecting more than 400 media and entertainment companies.

How does using Prosthetics and CGI impact on the production process and in what ways they are different to other methods of production? How does their use affect pre and post production? 

Chair: Muki Kulhan - Digital Executive Producer

Will Cohen - Chief Executive Director & Executive Producer at MILK VFX

Neill Gorton - Director of Millennium FX and Gorton Studio, Visiting Professor, University of Bolton

Graeme Harper - TV/Film Director

Gary Negus - VP Sales at Sohonet

BIOGS
Muki Kulhan is an award-winning Executive Digital Producer with over two decades creating interactive and groundbreaking content in the worlds of music, entertainment and tech innovation. After 10 years overseeing and growing MTV International’s digital platforms in the noughties, she now runs her own digital production arm Muki-International Ltd, creating exclusive social content/stunts, video, apps, websites, animation/gfx, VR/AR, live streaming and commercial business strategies for broadcasters, brands, A-List music talent, record labels, agencies and R&D/academic teams. As BBC’s Digital Exec for The Voice UK for Series 4 & 5, she produced the first-ever ‘series’ of 360°VR experiences for a flagship show, which earned kudos from peers and fans alike. This vast experience starting from early digital days to being a leading expert in her field as found Muki heading up regular speaking, moderating and youth-mentoring conferences and events around Europe, and producing experimental projects in the worlds of Mixed Reality, VR and AR utilising CGI effects, and oftentimes, visuals which require real-life actors in prosthetics… the best of both worlds for this panel topic!
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Will Cohen - CEO & Executive Producer at MILK VFX
Will Cohen is one of the five founding owners of Milk, a multi award-winning independent visual effects company with studios in London and Cardiff. Will is Milk’s CEO and Executive Producer.

Since Milk's launch in 2013, the team has created an impressive range of innovative and complex sequences for high-end TV and feature films, winning an Emmy for the BBC/Hartswood’s Sherlock and three consecutive BAFTA Craft awards for the BBC's Doctor Who (2014 and 2015) and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2016). Milk co-founder Sara Bennett is the winner of a 2016 Oscar and received a BAFTA Film Award nomination for best visual effects on Alex Garland’s feature Ex-Machina.
Milk’s credits also include Sky’s 2016 Christmas Day feature length The Last Dragonslayer, Thunderbirds Are Go (ITV), Class (BBC), My Mother And Other Strangers (BBC), The Green Hollow (BBC Wales), 24: Live Another Day (Fox), Beowulf (ITV) for TV; and feature films Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (Warner Bros.), Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire and High Rise, Everest (Universal), The Martian (20th Century Fox), The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Poltergeist (Fox/MGM), Alex Garland/DNA Film’s Ex-Machina, Brett Ratner’s Hercules (Paramount/MGM), 47 Ronin (Universal), Universal’s Dracula Untold and Get Santa (Scott Free).
Prior to the launch of Milk in June 2013, Will was Managing Director of Mill Film and TV for five years. Will established and lead the Mill Film and TV team, whose award-winning visual effects for high profile TV dramas such as Doctor Who and Merlin earned both a BAFTA and VES Award in 2009 and a BAFTA in 2011. Will oversaw visual effects projects including Doctor Who, Ice Age Giants and Sherlock for television and feature films: 28 Weeks Later, Les Miserables, Snow White and the Huntsman and The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Will is an elected board member of the UK Screen Association and a member of BAFTA, The Visual Effects Society (VES) and the Creative Skillset Council.

Neill Gorton - Director of Millenium FX and Gorton Studio. Also Visiting Professor at University of Bolton.
Neill started in the industry at the age of 17 working with Directors like Steven Spielberg and Alfonso Cuaro'n and actors like Johnny Depp, Michael Caine and Christopher Lee. You are responsible for the design of most Doctor Who villains and monsters.
Neill is the CEO of Millennium FX, Europe's leading supplier of cutting edge screen Prosthetics, and is one of the busiest FX houses in the world.  He is also director of Gortonstudio which provides industry training to both newcomers and tutors as well as industry professionals looking to expand their skills base.
Neill founded Millennium FX in 1999, and was joined by Rob Mayor in 2006. Both are multi-award winning artists with numerous BAFTA and RTS awards and nominations across make-up and special effects categories. They lead a team responsible for prosthetics and make up FX work on projects such as 'Saving Private Ryan’ Gladiator, From Hell, Victor Frankenstein, the new 'Doctor Who', 'Being Human', 'Silent Witness' and 'Little Britain' plus many more.

Graeme Harper - TV/Film Director
Starting out as a child actor, Graeme’s first steps in the industry included appearing in multiple productions two of which being adaptations of “The Pickwick Papers” (from ITV in 1956) and “The Silver Sword” (1956).
Later focusing less on acting but more towards production roles, Graeme would later join the ranks of the BBC in 1966, starting as a floor assistant and then climbing the ladder to becoming a first assistant director.
Soon after, Graeme would start his journey working on Doctor Who, during both the Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker eras and much further down the line even Tennant’s run, totalling in telling 17 different Doctor Who stories.
Starting a BBC director’s course in 1980, Graeme would later become a freelance director who’s earliest projects included “Angels” (1982-1983) and a return to Doctor Who by directing "The Caves of Androzani” (1984) which in 2009 was voted as the best Doctor Who story ever televised.
With critical acclaim and BAFTAs to his name, Graeme has been accredited with numerous different awards and nominations for his tremendous work in the field of directing, to name a few Graeme has worked on productions ranging from Bergerac (1985-1987), Star Cops (1987), The New Statesman (1991-1992), House of Elliot (1992-1994), The Bill (1993-2002), Hollyoaks (2014), Casualty (1996-2015), Robin Hood (2006-2009), Holby City (2013-2016), Inside No.9 (2016), and in 2011 Graeme won the British Soap Award for Spectacular Scene of the Year for "The Tram Crash” in Coronation Street (2005-2013).

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Upper Ground, South Bank
London
SE1 9LT
United Kingdom

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Do they aid or hamper creativity, and is it a myth to say that they are too expensive to use in TV production?