August 31, 2008

Firm Behind Caped Crusader’s Special Effects Wings Way to Wales

THE company which created special effects for the new Batman film will be in Wales for a major conference.

Representatives from Double Negative, the Soho-based studio which worked on sequences for The Dark Knight, as well as Aardman Animations, which makes Wallace and Gromit, will attend Sand (Swansea Animation Days).

Now in its ninth year, Sand is organised by Swansea Metropolitan University's School of Digital Media and supported by the Welsh Assembly Government.

Leading figures from the CGI animated industry attend the event. As in previous years, Sand will be split into different categories covering business, artificial intelligence, games, commercials and film.

"We can promise a stellar line-up with Double Negative, the Soho effects studio who created VFX sequences for the new Batman film The Dark Knight as well as Aardman Animations, EA Games (FIFA 2009) and Blitz Games (Sponge Bob) already confirmed," said Sand Director Felicity Blastland.

"Throughout the conference week there will also be animation screenings, including The Dark Knight, professional sector workshops and business seminars."

Pixar's Apurva Shah, a leading special effects supervisor on films such as Finding Nemo and Ratatouille, attended Sand last year.

He said: "Sand is a truly community oriented conference that brings together artists, technicians and filmmakers from around the world to Swansea for a week of presentations, workshops, discussions and screenings."

Sand takes place at Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea, from November 24 to 28. For details call 01792 481117 or visit

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