OSCAR and BAFTA award winning Ben Morris,  Creative Director of Industrial Light & Magic’s London Studio, explains how CGI effects are created with clips from his work including the latest Star Wars films.

Using example shot breakdowns from recent film productions, the Bafta and Oscar award-winner will focus on the creative, as well as technical, aspects of the processes involved and how they are advancing the way film-makers work.

Ben also has a powerful personal story – inspired aged 7 by the original Stars Wars film at his local cinema to Creative Director on the latest Star Wars films.

He came away from that first Star Wars film convinced that he should make his career in film and animation. He started off in Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, working on a number of films including the Oscar award-winning film Babe, and then retrained as a digital effects artist, using his experience of building robotic puppets and control systems to help him better understand how to design and build ‘virtual’ characters in the computer.
Over the next few years, he built up an impressive film portfolio working with companies including Framestore, the largest visual effects and computer animation studio in Europe, and on films including Gladiator, Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, Troy, Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix, Prince of Persia, The War Horse and Gravity.
Between 2005 and 2007 he worked as the Visual Effects Supervisor working on the film version of Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass, with responsibility for creating all the computer-generated armoured bears and polar environments they lived in. This success secured him both Bafta and Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects in 2008.

Ben now works as Creative Director for Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) in London, a division of Lucas Films, leading the creation of all their special effects for major releases including Star Wars.  His comments on unreleased films will be restricted by confidentiality agreements!

Sunday 5th May 6pm
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Dorchester Abbey