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Ben Morris

Early in life, Ben’s interest in animation would see him creating short films in the family garden shed with a camera given to him by his father. That passion remained with him as he selected his course of studies to reach his goal of working in film. Ben began his career as a model maker and animatronics engineer at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop where he designed performance control systems for films such as BABE. Sensing a shift in the industry, Ben moved into computer graphics putting his vast experience in physical creature work to use as a character rigger and lead CG artist at Millfilm where he supervised the CG humans for Ridley Scott’s epic GLADIATOR. In 2000, Ben joined Framestore where he worked on a number of films including THE GOLDEN COMPASS for which his efforts were honored with an Academy Award and the BAFTA for Best Visual Effects. Most recently, Ben served as a visual effects supervisor on Alfonso Cuarón’s thriller, GRAVITY. Ben is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and holds an undergraduate degree and an honorary Doctorate from Bristol University.

As ever, this lunchtime talk is free, however due to anticipated demand you will need to book a ticket here to secure your place.

Ben Morris is a visual effects supervisor and creative director at Industrial Light & Magic as well as being a founding member of the company’s London studio, which was established in October of 2013. Since establishing the London studio alongside executive in charge, Sue Lyster, Morris has stewarded its growth from just 4 individuals to over 400 today. The London studio launched with projects such as AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS and SPECTRE and continues to work on some of the largest blockbusters in recent history.

For this special talk Ben will discuss his work and his experience leading the VFX team on the most recent Star War's film, The Last Jedi, sharing production stills from the film, including shot breakdowns from some of the larger VFX sequences.

Following the talk, Ben will be joined by Strategy and Development consultant, and Pervasive Media Studio resident Mark Leaver for a Q&A with the audience.

This lunchtime talk will take place in one of Watershed’s Cinemas, after which you are welcome to join us for Open Studio Friday which takes place in the Pervasive Media Studio every week.

Do you want to find out what is going on at the Pervasive Media Studio? Are you interested in meeting our residents, talking about a specific project or curious about pervasive media? Why not pack a sandwich and join us for one of our Lunchtime Talks and Open Studio Friday. Lunchtime Talks are informal presentations by Studio residents and associates. They normally take place at 1pm on Friday, are free and open to everybody who’s interested in what we do. After the Talk, we also invite you to stay with us for the afternoon to continue the conversation or work on your own projects. We provide chairs, tables, wireless and a great space. You bring what you need to work with (laptop/mobile). Our open afternoons close at 5pm. Let us know if you’d like a tour of the space and we'll be happy to show you around just before the talk. Send an email to:studio@watershed.co.uk to book your place on a tour.

 

 


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Upcoming Events

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Lunchtime Talk

Data Poetics

Fri 2 Oct 13:00-14:00

We are delighted to partner with Control Shift, a 3 week programme exploring ways to reframe and rethink our relationships with technology, for this lunchtime talk. For this talk we are joined by Artist Naho Matsuda.

Past Events

If you are interested in previous events at the Studio, take a look at our events archive.