The Animation of Movement – Tuesday 3rd May 2016, 6pm

For the last 15 years Brendan Body has
been a computer animator working in film
and television. Image usedHe has worked on popular films such as Harry Potter, The Amazing Spider-man, Pacific Rim, and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Brendan is now teaching the next generation of Scottish animators as a lecturer and researcher at Duncan of
Jordanstone College of Art and Design at the University of Dundee.

In his talk Brendan will discuss his career in animation and give some insights into the world of films and visual effects. He will also talk about his current research; where he will share his knowledge of animal and human anatomy, plus biomechanics, gained throughout his career, and how he will apply this to his latest project – producing some animation for the Natural History Museum’s most recent significant acquisition; a Stegosaurus fossil named ‘Sophie’.

Everyone is welcome. Free. Non-bookable. Places are limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Doors open at 5pm.

From Lord of the Rings to the Hobbit: How Peter Jackson Draws in an Online Audience – 4th December 2012

The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit books have a huge fan base who have watched carefully as Peter Jackson has turned these iconic works into engaging films.

This presentation by Professor David Finkelstein – University of Dundee, examined how Jackson and his team have created a space for an online community to engage directly with Jackson, watch these films take shape, and ultimately feel part of the production process. As The Hobbit prepares to hit our screens, we ask how Jackson has used online, digital media to draw in and keep such fans on-board and engaged with his vision of JR Tolkien’s work.

You can view a full version of David’s talk by clicking on the video below.