Cross Channel Film Lab unveils free online resources

Posted on 10 July 2013

Filmmakers worldwide are invited to join the Cross Channel Film Lab’s first programme of scheduled online open sessions.

Taking place between July 22 and 31, the training programme will combine recorded sessions from the CCFL’s recent UK workshop and Creative Skillset Open Sessions at Falmouth University, with live Q&As with some of the speakers.

The programme features experts from the UK and France, and explores aspects of VFX, animation, Stereo 3D and screenwriting for low to medium budget feature films.

Participants may attend any number of scheduled sessions, including live chats with some key speakers, and also have a chance to connect with other participants online.

Speakers include writer-director Marc Caro (Delicatessen), François Garnier and Joséphine Derobe (Wim Wenders’ Stereo 3D team), director of photography Pierre Souchar, VFX specialists Paddy Eason (VFX supervisor, Grabbers) and Peter Bailey (senior VFX artist), producers Fabienne Tsaï (A Droite de la Lune) and Huberta Von Liel (Vertigo Films), representatives of FilmFour, Creative England, the British Film Institute and BBC Films, and script consultants Pippa Best and Antoine Le Bos.

These online sessions will provide an introduction to the basics of Stereo 3D and more in-depth discussion of its use, including narrative experimentation and audience impact.

For both VFX and Stereo 3D, speakers explore ways to embrace restrictions, the implications of creative choices on budgeting and scheduling, and career paths for animators and VFX specialists.

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These sessions are selected from the Open Sessions programme recorded in March 2013 at the first Cross Channel Film Lab workshop, supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the National Lottery via the BFI and through the Skills Investment Fund. The workshop was also supported by INTERREG IV-A France (Channel) – England, co-funded by the ERDF.

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