Disney’s “The Jungle Book” took home major honors at the 15th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards at the Beverly Hilton on Tuesday evening. Comedian Patton Oswalt served as host to more than 1,000 guests gathered at the Beverly Hilton to celebrate visual effects talent in 24 awards categories – and to mark the VES’ 20th……

via ‘Jungle Book,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Dominate Visual Effects Society Awards — Variety


November Supervision with Angela and Charlotte

I have had a productive meeting with both of my supervisors Angela and Charlotte to review my current progress on my research. We disused my primary research, which focus on the survey and interview with professionals in visual effects companies. I also reported my experience of conducting survey with professionals in visual effects companies located in London Soho area. Further more we discuss my trip to Siggraph Asia conference in 3rd of December. I also received feedback on my writing about the industrial contexts of digital compositing networks in UK. The advices on my writing are very useful, which includes adding more discussion about the diagram and wordle picture in the body of the article. The discussion of our meeting also includes the method of critical analysis of my research data and overall structure of my thesis. My supervisors also encourage me to make plan for publish my research on Journals.

We have achieved the following action plan after this meeting:

1. I will email the link to my survey monkey survey to all of the contacts I have obtained so far in VFX industry.

2. Prepare the poster for the coming Siggraph conference

3. Develop a marking system to make effeciet notes on the survey after conducting them for the purpose of further analysis

4. Make notes while conducting my survey face to face and get audio recorder to record any oral feedback from VFX professionals if it is possible.

5. Identify relevant academic journals for publishing my research

6. Keep contacting with targeted interviewee as well as work hard on conducting survey and interview in order to get as more primary data for my research as possible.

7. Identify trade journals to publish my interview with VFX companies if my interviewee. Prior to contacting trade journal I will inform my interviewee and get their permission first.

8. keep posting my survey on Siggraph Aisa mailling lists, conducting the survey during the conference time as well as interview the VFX community coming to the conference.

9. Reconsider the structure of my whole thesis. By the end of Jan, 2015 I will submit a edited chapter plan with my critical analysis of the primary data I have obtained so far in each chapter.

October Supervision with Angela and action points

I had a supervision meeting with my supervisor Angela on 25th, October for my research. We review my current progress in Writing as well as primary research. We discussed my writing about the UK contexts of visual effects industry and my research questions list for British Film Instituion regarding the recent changes in film tax relief. After this meeting I will take action in the following points:

1. Contact SIGGRAPH Asia conference committee and propose to exhibit a poster. I will also send them my enquiry for carrying out interview on the conference to collect data for my research.

2. Research into the trade show that my targeted interviewee might attend and explore chances to put poster there and interview them.

3. Keep writing about my research

4. Visit BFI in london and research into their documents as well as finding more interview chances

5. Design a questionnair and visit the targeted visual effects companies in Soho London

6. Draft a interview questions lists which contains ten questions and send to Double Negetive visual effects companies in London.

7. contacts more visual effects companeis overseas

8. Keep research into trade journals

June Supervisory Meeting Note

I have met my supervisor today to review and plan my research. We have discussed my current researches into UK and Australia contexts of the visual effects industry, the analysis of the information from the website of visual effects society (http://www.visualeffectssociety.com), as well as  theoretical readings such as the recent research of Aylish Wood Talk about Maya. 

We have made the follow progress during the discussion :

1. I will create a list of all visual effects companies in the transnational compositing networks that I could identified  and visualise the datas of these companies and their locations on map. More research will be done into these companies in order to gain more accuracy of my research and also deeper the understanding of the transnational compositing networks.

2. Get in contacts with wider institutions such as BFI and Creative England to gain datas relating to the market, policy, and other context of British Visual Effects industry and their links with British Film industry. The overall aim of contacting them is to defining the key factors for the further development of Visual Effects industry in UK.  Especially I aim to discuss the response of BFI to HM Treasury ‘s consolation for providing further support to visual effects industry, the recent revising of cultural test for film on BFI website in relating to tax relief. According to BFI, there will be an increase on the points of visual effects. The purpose of contacting these institutions also includes finding answer to questions such as why British Film such as the Young Victoria and the Hunter Lockers chose visual effects from overseas.

3. Be active and send more interview request letters to the visual effects companies the I plan to interview with. Further research them through analysis of trade journals. Keep Follow up with the existing contacts that I have already made with the companies.

4. Analysis how the compositors/ visual effects supervisors are trained in relating to UK contexts as the HM Treasury ‘s consolation for providing further support to visual effects industry highlight that training and education of employees work for the VFX industry is crucial to the current development of the industry in UK. I will research into the relevant training providers in UK and the education backgrounds of the key compositors and visual effects supervisors in UK. Further interview could be conduct with the professionals and institutions who involved in the eduction of them.

6. Building contacts with more organisations such as Screen Australia  to gain deeper understanding the national contexts of the translational compositing networks. For example I aims to get further discussion of the article  Visual Effects, Australian envelopment which is published  on Australia Government website  through contacting Screen Australia. Specially how frame the national evolvement  of visual effects industry in this transnational networks.

7. Building contacts with Visual Effects society to get broader networks for this research.

8. Archive the source and writings of this research projects. Get both digital (includes backup) and printed our versions the materials and data of this research.

9. Do 500 words writing practice very day to reflect on the research and readings of the day.

10. Draft 200 words abstract for this research


Useful Links,

Website of visual effects society  :http://www.visualeffectssociety.com

HM Treasury ‘s consolation for providing further support to visual effects industry: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/264920/PU1603_Visual_effects_summary_of_responses.pdf

Screen Australia: http://www.screenaustralia.gov.au

BFI cultural test for film: http://www.bfi.org.uk/film-industry/british-certification-tax-relief/cultural-test-film

BFI Award for UK films and British talents in 2010 :http://www.bfi.org.uk/sites/bfi.org.uk/files/downloads/uk-film-council-awards-for-uk-films-and-british-talent-in-2010-2011-03-10.pdf




Supervision Notes

I have met with both of my very supportive supervisors Angel Piccini and Charlotte Crofts on 22nd of April to discuss the progress of my research. The purpose of the meeting includes reviewing the current progress of my research, preparing upgrade interview and planning tasks such as further readings and interview with professionals in the VFX industry.

I have received very constructive advice from both of my supervisors and the outcomes of the meeting includes:
1) Action points for getting ready for the upgrade interview on the 16th of May which are in-depth reading of the materials I submit and trying to identifying any possible gaps by myself; wider reading and increase the understanding of the border fields of theory and methods in film studies in order to get a deeper critical understanding of the methods/theories I choose for my research; generating a note for me to effectively communication my research ideas with upgrade examiner orally.
2) Schedule for processing my research. After the meeting, I will focus on building further contacts with visual effects companies that I planned to interview which aims to get an understanding of the contemporary practice and networks of visual effects industry for digital compositing. I will also prepare a more specific interview questions lists in relating to each company and the key films that I am researching into. I will also further analysis the trade publication in relating to the key films and continually generate maps/chats and other visual materials to illustrate the different layers/types of networks during the process of compositing practice. My supervisors also advice me to be aware the accountability and editorial police of the trade publications in order to avoid possible bias of their opinions.
3) Theoretical readings. During the discussion, we also identify the needs for me have a deeper understanding of theories relating the networks of practice/actor-networks theories such as Bourdieu, John Law, Knorr Cetina, Comolli, Wood and Foucault. I will write annotated bibliography while doing the theoretical readings.

Word cloud based on the transcript of the interview with the head of the production of Pixomondo Beijing

Word clouds based on the transcript of the interview with the head of the production on Pixomondo Beijing

I have been analysing the interview I did with the head of the production in Pixomondo Beijing. The interview is structured along themes relating digital compositing, for example the communication between post-production companies and production companies before and during the making of Hugo (2011, Martin Scorsese); the frequency and topics of communication between visual effects producers in Beijing with compositors and visual effects supervisors before and during the post-production period; the cooperation between different post-production companies on the film; the influence of the location of the companies on its operation; the experience of the organization of the multi-production network; identification of the influence of post-production companies on the aesthetics of film.

Special thanks to Pixomondo Beijing for your contribution to this research project.