The Pipeline 2003, held by Techimage at the ICA in London on Nov. 20, attracted more than 700 digital artists and animators.
Katy Edwards, human resources, Framestore CFC commented: "The Pipeline event was well organized and attended, and Framestore CFC were very glad to be involved. It was particularly exciting to see so many motivated and enthusiastic students at the event, who will no doubt be adding to the existing talent within the U.K. in the next few years."
Prof. John A Vince, head of Computer Animation Academic Group, NCCA at Bournemouth University added: "For us The Pipeline was a great success. A large number of attendees visited the NCCA stand to discuss their training requirements. There was a great deal of interest in our Masters courses and we had lots of enquiries for our newly announced Houdini and RenderMan short courses. We look forward to attending this event next year. "
Adam Foat, marketing manager, Nvidia continued: "Nvidia has close ties with the CG industry as you would expect from a leading graphics card manufacturer. The event itself was packed with high quality delegates as there was so much for them to see on the day, it was like taking all the good parts of a large exhibition and putting them in one place!"
Seamus Morley, director, Techimage added: "The great level of interest and attendance at The Pipeline shows that the growing demand for high quality CG, delivered in large quantity, on budget continues. The commitment of the attendees
shows that the U.K. has a growing committed CG workforce looking to develop and grow their skills to meet the new challenges."
The Pipeline 2003 was designed to inspire, enthuse and educate at all skill levels from experienced animators to students looking to advance their skill set. It comprised presentations from Greg Butler, CG supervisor on THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy; Darin Grant, manager technical directors at Digital Domain; and Mark Walsh, directing animator on FINDING NEMO. In addition there were technical presentations from Jeff Warner of Side Effects on Houdini, Dylan Sisson from Pixar on RenderMan, Steve Tyson of NXN on Alienbrain and Grahame Andrew of Lola on Science D Visions 3D Equalizer.
Techimage Ltd. (www.techimage.co.uk
), formed in 1995, is the U.K. reseller for advanced 3D graphics software such as Houdini, RenderMan and 3D Equalizer.