The VFX Festival, hosted by Escape Studios, is a celebration of visual effects, animation, games and motion graphics. For the last 7 years the annual festival hosted in London has attracted many attendees and high profile speakers from award-winning studios.
For the first time in its history the VFX Festival is being divided into a virtual series to support emerging talent from all over the world by allowing professionals to share their insights on award-winning productions and encourage collaboration among the international participants.
On Tuesday, 30th June at 11.00 - 12.00 (BST) we are hosting session on His Dark Materials: Animating the daemons by Marion Strunck, Lead Animator at Framestore. Marion will talk about her experience breathing life into the key photoreal daemons. Framestore created more than 50 distinctive dæmons for the show, effectively bolstering the overall cast with its CGI creations.
About Marion Strunck
When Marion Strunck was a young girl growing up in Hanover, Germany, she was fascinated by the fantasy creatures in Harry Potter movies and loved the slapstick humor of Donald Duck comics. Years later, after she took a 3D animation class by Kyle Balda (Minions, Despicable Me 3, The Lorax), she began to realize the possibilities of working in animation. After graduating she began interning for Framestore, working on the first Paddington movie. Following the gig, she was hired as a junior animator. Strunck says one of the best parts of her job is working with passionate, perfectionist artists. Her credits include Mowgli, Pokémon Detective Pikachu, Christopher Robin and His Dark Materials. Strunck, who counts Glen Keane, James Baxter, Andreas Deja and Doug Sweetland as her idols, says it’s important to know the basics and keep practicing in order to succeed in animation.