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ZED pop-up studio

From 29 September to 10 October

The Vinyl Factory, 16-18 Marshall Street, Soho, London

Increase your super powers this September at ZED – a pop up studio for the creative community. Back at the Vinyl Factory in Soho after popular demand, HP, Intel and NVIDIA invite you to unleash your creativity alongside a team of award winning creative experts. With talks, tutorials and creativity sessions brought to you by industry leading production houses, register now to find out more and get early access to all events free.

Will Cohen Will Cohen


Will Cohen is one of the founders and owners of Milk, a new London-based, boutique visual effects facility launched in June 2013. Will is CEO and Executive Producer of the new venture. Milk aims to create highly innovative and complex sequences for the high end TV and feature film markets. Prior to the launch of Milk, Will was Managing Director of Mill Film and TV for five years, having joined the company in 2003 and stepped up through the roles of Head of TV and Producer.

Will established and lead the Mill Film and TV team, whose award-winning visual effects for high profile TV dramas such as Doctor Who and Merlin earned both a BAFTA and VES Award in 2009 and a BAFTA in 2011. Will has overseen both TV and feature film visual effects projects including the BBC's recent Ice Age Giants and Sherlock, 28 Weeks Later, Les Miserables, Snow White and the Huntsman, The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader and the upcoming 47Ronin.

Adam Dewhirst Adam Dewhirst

The Mill

Adam's industry experience covers an impressive spectrum of projects and media, including; games, advertising, music videos, cinematics, TV, feature animation and films. Specializing in modelling, his feature film credits include: Guardians of the Galazxy, The Golden Compass, The Dark Knight, Les Miserables, World War Z, Clash of the Titans, The Tale of Despereaux, John Carter, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, 47 Ronin, Malificent, and Seventh Son.

For TV Adam has worked on Dr Who, Ice Age Giants, Sinbad and BBC's Jackanory. In addition to these, Adam's gaming industry credits also include Beatles Rock Band, Tycoon City New York and Battlefield 2. Adam graduated from Camberwell Art College, before qualifying at Escape Studios as a CGI artist. He was part of the team working on the Golden Compass that went on to win both an Oscar and a BAFTA for visual effects.

Damien Fagnou Damien Fagnou


After finishing University with a Masters in Computer Science, Damien worked for an animated series implementing tools and technology to speed up the motion capture pipeline and rendering. He later accepted a job to help set up the initial workflow at the newly formed Attitude studios and then, with his sights set on moving overseas, Damien took on the role of Tools and Workflow Programmer at Climax in the UK where he worked on the Xbox title, Sudeky.

In 2003, Damien transferred his skills to the film industry and started at leading VFX post production company MPC to work on Troy implementing preview tools and City Rendering scripts. In 2005, Damien became R&D lead on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, 10,000 BC and Narnia. Damien is currently MPC's Stereographer and has just completed work on full stereo VFX shots for the latest instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter franchise.

Gavin Graham Gavin Graham

Double Negative

After studying Computer Science in Trinity College Dublin, Gavin went on to complete an MSc in Digital Effects at Bournemouth University. Gavin’s first job after graduating was at Double Negative, working in studio support before starting as an Effects TD doing snow on Bridget Jones’s Diary.

Apart from a short stint at Cinesite working on Die Another Day, Gavin has continued to work at Dneg ever since, working from Effects TD up to Lead Artist, Sequence Lead, FX and CG Supervisor. After completing work as an FX Lead on Captain America, Gavin moved over to co-manage the 3D department, which currently stands at over 600 staff. In addition to his work as an artist and supervisor, Gavin has also played a key role in developing some of Double Negative’s most prolific and important proprietary software, including the volumetric renderer DNB and Dneg’s fluid solver Squirt.

Gill Tait Gill Tait

The Operators

Gill has over 8 years experience in branding and creating integrated marketing campaigns, for global and national brands including Swarovski, Vodafone, H.Samuel, Majestic Wine, BAA Retail and Cancer Research gained at leading Integrated Marketing Agency Haygarth. Now Head of Production at The Operators, Gill works with brands and world class agencies, including Adam&EveDDB, McCann and Publicis, to help deliver integrated campaigns for their clients.

Ben Le Tourneau Ben Le Tourneau

The Operators

Ben is a hybrid thinker. With an MA in Animation, He started building the foundations of his career within VFX software and technology companies. Mixing his passion for innovation and creativity, he has helped propel multiple creative technology startup businesses to global scale. These business ventures included the launch of a Oscar winning VFX product and a new contemporary advertising stream known as digital product placement.

After cutting his teeth on these pioneering creative tech enterprises, he decided to break out and focus on new creative and business ventures in which he is both owner and leader. Joining The Operators as Creative Director and Partner in 2010 has allowed him to blend his passions for innovation, technology and creativity together and be the driving force behind their unique integrated delivery solutions.

HaZ Dullul HaZ Dullul

HaZ Film

A Visual Effects Creative and Director in the Motion Pictures Industry. Nominated for several Visual Effects Society (VES) Awards for his Visual Effects Supervision work. He transitioned into Writing Directing with his sci-fi short - 'Project Kronos' earning him representation and status as an emerging film maker. HaZ is represented as a Writer Director for Feature Film by Scott Glassgold at I AM Entertainment. HaZ Film is the trading name of HaZ VFX Ltd., an incorporated company based in London that already offers visual effects supervision and VFX consultancy.

Dave Cook Dave Cook

JellyFish Pictures

Born and educated in London, Dave Cook studied at the Slade School of Fine Art where he first developed an interest in drawn animation. Dave has been working in animation and VFX since 1992 and brings his wealth of experience, vision and creative genius to Jellyfish where he has become joint Head of 3D.

Prior to this Dave worked as a Senior 3D Artist and Supervisor and his talents include compositing and matte painting. He also spent time on the lecture circuit at Escape Studios, Sae/Quantm, the American Intercontinental University, Luton and London Met.

Notable credits while at Jellyfish include Planet Dinosaur, Samsung Bear, Neal the Sloth for Sofaworks /TBWA, Alive at the Natural History Museum with David Attenborough, and Gerry Anderson’s New Captain Scarlet. In 1995 Dave was involved in the first group show in Space on the MIR Space Station.

Jeremy Smith Jeremy Smith

JellyFish Pictures

Jeremy studied IT and VFX in Canada before coming to England where he joined Jellyfish Pictures. Over the past seven years he’s witnessed Jellyfish’s growth from an eight man team to a facility that houses over 100 artists in two studios. He has overseen and managed several company expansions to different locations, has re-imagined their pipeline using a hybrid of cloud-based and desktop based technologies, as well as the day to day running of the facilities, two screening rooms and a several editing suites. He is currently responsible for all technical management of the studios.

Tom Brass Tom Brass

JellyFish Pictures

Tom started off as comic book artist and after working as a cameraman and director in documentary television made the move into animation, working as a storyboard artist and director. He has directed animation for several high profile productions including the BBC One’s ‘Planet Dinosaur’ , which he co-wrote. He also storyboarded many of the sequences and directed the ground-breaking motion graphics. He supervisored and storyboarded ‘Can You Live Forever’ a science fiction special for Discovery’s Curiosity Strand for which he gained an EMMY nomination for design and art direction.

Tom now leads the art department, steering the creative approach and visual realisation of projects.

Simeon Balabanov Simeon Balabanov

Chaos Group

Simeon is a 3D professional with more than 6 years’ experience in the field of 3D modeling and rendering. Before joining Chaos Group, he worked as a CG Supervisor at some of the biggest animation studios in Bulgaria. Simeon joined the Chaos Group 3D team in 2012 and since then he is one of the company’s top presenters focused on V-Ray for 3ds Max and V-Ray for Maya and the newest V-Ray | Nuke and V-Ray | Modo. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Technical University - Sofia.

Full list of events

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Monday, 29th September 2014

Tuesday, 30th September 2014

Wednesday, 1st October 2014

Thursday, 2nd October 2014

Friday, 3rd October 2014

Monday, 6th October 2014

  • 6pm - 10pm Hardware startup showcase Csaba Tölgyesy / Founder / Deska Board
    Yonatan Raz-Fridman / Co-Founder & CEO / Kano Computing
    Laurence Kemball / Co-Founder & CEO / Pavegen
    Anastasia Emmanuel / UK Community Manager / Indiegogo
    Carl Thomas / CEO & Founder / Audiowings
    Jan Anwer / Founder / MyScope
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Wednesday, 8th October 2014

Thursday, 9th October 2014

Friday, 10th October 2014

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