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Thursday, September 28 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Visual Effects & Natural History Storytelling

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Visual effects are best recognised in blockbuster action movies, but they are also a powerful storytelling tool in natural history. 
Top producers and creatives examine how visual effects can enrich the narrative and the ethical issues that are raised concerning VFX in documentary storytelling.

Facilitator
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Paul Schleicher

Executive Producer, axisVFX
Paul is an experienced Executive Producer, responsible for axisVFX’s continued development – from expanding the Bristol studio to establishing the new London hub. Prior to Axis, Paul worked in production roles in leading VFX companies such as The Mill, Realise and Glassworks, and the BBC. Over 15 years he has produced international campaigns for global brands, UK and US TV series, and major features. He possesses a wealth of experience in complex VFX and animation... Read More →

Speakers
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Jon Bardin

Senior Director of Production & Development, Discovery Channel
Jon Bardin serves as Senior Director of Development and Production, Documentaries and Specials for Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Science Channel, and Velocity. In this role, Bardin is responsible for bringing new documentaries and specials to Discovery while helping manage the development and production of concepts to green light, in addition to maintaining the quality of documentaries and specials through production and delivery. Recent projects include the 2017 Sundance Film Festival premiere Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman... Read More →
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John Downer

Executive Producer and Director, John Downer Productions
A passionate zoologist, John has been making ground breaking nature documentaries for the BBC for over 30 years. He made his name by abandoning the traditional style of nature documentaries and pioneering a highly inventive subjective approach. Using new technology and dramatic story-telling techniques he continues to find new ways to immerse the audience in the animal world. His innovative approach to filmmaking has brought him numerous international awards including an Emmy for genre-changing series such as Supersense, Weird Nature, Earthflight and Penguins - Spy in the Huddle. His productions have won an RTS award five times for the most innovative TV... Read More →
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Mike Gunton

Creative Director - The Natural History Unit & Factual BBC Worldwide, BBC Studios
In his dual role Mike works as an executive producer on many BBC titles, acts as an ambassador for BBC Worldwide and is responsible for bringing new stories and techniques to audiences. Mike has overseen over 120 wildlife films, including many critical acclaimed series such as Life, Africa... Read More →
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Howard Jones

Co-Founder & Visual Effects Supervisor, Axis VFX
Howard is an industry veteran with over two decades’ experience in the creation of stunning visual effects. Howard moved into the world of post-production after earning his degree in Fine Arts. It wasn’t long before he specialised in visual effects, leading teams at Aardman Animations and the... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Grizzly Jackson Lake Lodge