Blink Image were happy to attend a talk by Ben Morris last week in the spectacular Dorchester Abbey in Oxfordshire. The talk covered many of the films Ben has been involved with during his 25 year career that started with puppetry with Jim Henson’s Creature Shop and moved on to create the visual effects in blockbusters such as The Golden Compass, War Horse and Gravity.
Though Blink Image are concerned primarily with the creation of CGIs for architecture, there are strong parallels between the film industry and architectural visualisation: the thirst for ever more powerful computer systems; the desire to create a very believable image; dealing with ever more complex design challenges.
If there is one thing that has changed over the 16+ years Blink Image have been creating visuals, it is that projects are getting more and more complex with each new commission. We relish these challenges!
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A fascinating evening with one of the international film industry’s leading Visual Effects experts.
Using example shot breakdowns from recent film productions, the Bafta and Oscar award-winner will focus on the creative, as well as technical, aspects of the processes involved and how they are advancing the way film-makers work.
Ben also has a powerful personal story – inspired aged 7 by the original Stars Wars film at his local cinema to Creative Director on Star Wars Episode: VII.
He came away from that first Star Wars film convinced that he should make his career in film and animation. He started off in Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, working on a number of films including the Oscar award-winning film Babe, and then retrained as a digital effects artist, using his experience of building robotic puppets and control systems to help him better understand how to design and build ‘virtual’ characters in the computer.
Over the next few years, he built up an impressive film portfolio working with companies including Framestore, the largest visual effects and computer animation studio in Europe, and on films including Gladiator, Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, Troy, Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix, Prince of Persia, The War Horse and Gravity.
Between 2005 and 2007 he worked as the Visual Effects Supervisor working on the film version of Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass, with responsibility for creating all the computer-generated armoured bears and polar environments they lived in. check broken links This success secured him both Bafta and Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects in 2008.
Ben now works as Creative Director for Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) in London, a division of Lucas Films. The studio is presently working on The Avengers 2 and Star Wars Episode: VII. His comments on unreleased films will be restricted by confidentiality agreements!