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Star Wars and Harry Potter special effects expert opens BFX Festival
A SPECIAL effects expert behind Star Wars and the Harry Potter films took audiences on a trip back in time for the opening night of BFX festival on Wednesday.
Willi Geiger who works as a digital supervisor for George Lucas’s company, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) gave audiences a behind-the-scenes at some of their most iconic movies.
From the innovative effects, models and motion-controlled cameras used in E.T and Star Wars to the computer graphics in Jurassic Park, Willi gave an inspirational insight into the world of visual effects. Willi said: “When all my friends wanted to be Luke Skywalker, I was the nerdy kid who wanted to know how they created these worlds.”
The Art of Visual Effects at Pavilion Dance was the opening night event of BFX, a new festival from Bournemouth University designed to inspire the next wave of creative talent.
Willi said: “I’m blown away with what they have achieved.”
The Daily Echo-backed BFX festival will be running free workshops from filmmakers who worked on movies including Skyfall and Life of Pi.
Tom Brown, a third year student of computer visualisation and animation at Bournemouth University said: “There are lots of other events coming up this weekend, including a big screen at the Triangle where animated classics will be shown.”
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