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Celebrating storytelling (Design for Film & TV)

  • MinaLima

  • Mike McGee

    Framestore

  • Erica Dorn

  • Gavin Strange

    Aardman Animations

Date

Venue

The Giant Screen

Duration

minutes

On Friday night head over to The Giant Screen at Millenium Point and get lost in alternate universes and lovingly crafted animation. MinaLima (The Wizarding World of Harry Potter) Erica Dorn (Isle of Dogs), Mike McGee (Framestore) and Gavin Strange (Aardman) will be talking design for film & TV and how they help deliver authenticity to the worlds they create.

Creating tiny Worlds: Graphic design for Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs – Erica Dorn

As lead graphic designer in the art department of Isle of Dogs, I will go "behind the scenes" of the two-year production, taking you through the process of designing typography for props, sets, and supertitles, from demystifying the role of the graphic designer for film, to breaking down the process of research and design. I will describe what a typical day on set is like, what it means to collaborate with director Wes Anderson, favourite graphics, most difficult moments and specific insights on the world of stop-motion animation and miniatures compared to a live-action film.

Graft, Craft & being Daft – Gavin Strange

By Day, Gavin is a Director and Designer for the UK’s beloved creative studio Aardman Animations. By night he goes under the alias of JamFactory, indulging in all manner of passion projects, from filmmaking to illustration, toy design to photography.

Making the work is the easy part, finding the time, however, is the difficult bit. In his talks and his book, Gavin shares his stories and methods behind getting the most out of those 24 pesky hours, conveyed via the medium of bright colours and animated GIFs.

The Evolving Art of Storytelling – Mike McGee

Framestore and its Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer Mike McGee, have been immersed in VFX for over 30 years.  An Oscar-winning Global team of experienced artists, technologists, programmers and producers, Framestore has created some of the most unforgettable and iconic moments in Film, Television and Advertising.

From projects like 'Game of Thrones', 'Gravity' and 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Mike's session will illustrate the art of VFX and how new platforms are playing a key role in shaping the future of story-telling and entertainment.

Telling Stories through Design – MinaLima

Mira and Eduardo, the graphic designers of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films, and creators of Harry Potter's Acceptance Letter to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Marauders Map and The Daily Prophet newspapers amongst other iconic artefacts, will explain how they created some of the most-loved graphic props from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts film series.

They will reveal insights into the world of graphic design for film as well as share anecdotes from their work in publishing including designing a series of illustrated classic fairytales.

Join us for the after party

Excellent beers and free pizza at DigBrew

Unwind after a day packed full of inspiration and enjoy some free pizza on us immediately after the event. Head to DigBrew and let the good times roll.

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Speakers

MinaLima

Graphic Designers

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MinaLima

Graphic Designers

Eduardo Lima graduated in Visual Communications from Ponti cal Universidad e Catolica in Rio de Janeiro. Miraphora Mina graduated in Theatre Design from London’s Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design.

They joined forces in 2002 to take up the artistic challenge that was proposed to them: to imagine and create the graphic universe of the Harry Potter film series. Since then they have shared a common artistic passion and have developed the entire graphic style of all the Harry Potter movies. This fruitful and successful collaboration led them to form their own design studio, MinaLima, specialising in graphic design and illustration.

Since finishing their work on the Harry Potter films and founding their studio in 2009, Miraphora and Eduardo have continued their involvement in the Harry Potter franchise through numerous design commissions. They spent two years designing all the graphic elements for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort, as well as designing award winning publications for the brand.

In 2015, MinaLima entered a new chapter of the Wizarding World, designing the graphic props for the Fantastic Beasts film series.

The studio has also created graphic props for films such as Sweeney Todd (2007), The Golden Compass (2007) and The Imitation Game (2014) and designed the bestselling books Peter Pan, The Jungle Book, Beauty and The Beast, The Little Mermaid and The Secret Garden.

Their latest venture is the launch of a dedicated MinaLima gallery and store in London and Osaka, showcasing their entire treasury of graphic works. House of MinaLima seeks to create experiential spaces in the two cities, celebrating the idiosyncracies of their work for the Wizarding World franchise as well as their own creations.

Mike McGee

CCO and Co-founder of Framestore

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Mike

McGee

CCO and Co-founder of Framestore

Framestore Chief Creative Officer and Co-founder Mike McGee has been in the VFX industry for over 25 years, working across TV on BBC’s Walking with Dinosaurs and Universal’s Feature Film Nanny McPhee, to directing TV campaigns for brands such as O2, ,BBC, Robinsons, Speedo, Next and Andrex.

Framestore is an Oscar-winning creative studio, dedicated to creating extraordinary experiences and combining world-leading craft and relentless creativity with tomorrow’s technology. A global leader in innovation across the digital sphere, Framestore continues to push the boundaries of what is possible within Film, advertising, experiential and Virtual Reality technologies.

Erica Dorn

Graphic Designer & Illustrator

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Erica

Dorn

Graphic Designer & Illustrator

Erica Dorn is a graphic designer and illustrator. Having started her career in traditional advertising and branding contexts, she now works in cinema, working closely with directors and production designers to create bespoke visual worlds for television and cinema.

Gavin Strange

Director & Designer at Aardman Animations

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Gavin

Strange

Director & Designer at Aardman Animations

By Day, Gavin is a Director and Designer for the UK’s beloved creative studio Aardman Animations. By night he goes under the alias of JamFactory, indulging in all manner of passion projects, from filmmaking to illustration, toy design to photography.

In 2016, after speaking at the prestigious Do Lectures, he wrote the book ‘Do Fly’, a motivational mantra published by The Do Book Co & Chronicle Books. He co-founded the contemporary design store ‘STRANGE’ with his wife Jane and even appears in CBBC’s art-themed TV show ‘Art Ninja’.

Making the work is the easy part, finding the time, however, is the difficult bit. In his talks and his book, Gavin shares his stories and methods behind getting the most out of those 24 pesky hours, conveyed via the medium of bright colours and animated GIFs.

He prides himself on being a ‘realistic idealist’ or ‘idealistic realist’ – striking the balance between uncurbed enthusiasm and pragmatic process. Floaty sentiments aside, his talks are about finding the energy and making the time to create things that matter. That’s something Gav believes applies to everyone – from a GSCE to CEO!

Gavin is a keynote speaker and has been fortunate enough to speak around the world, from Mexico to Manchester, the Middle East to Munich.

He lives in Bristol, UK with Jane, their son Sullivan and their greyhound Peggy.

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An iconic Birmingham landmark in the heart of Eastside, Millennium Point is a unique venue destination in Birmingham City Centre, and just a short walk from all three main train stations. The home of ThinkTank (Birmingham’s science museum) and Birmingham City University amongst others, many of you will know our landmark building, but a lot more goes on behind the scenes than meets the eye!

Owned by Millennium Point Charitable Trust, everything we do as a landlord, events venue, meeting place and facilitator feeds back into our charity, in order to give back and support science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) related projects, initiatives, organisations and individuals across the West Midlands.

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