2018 Taipei Film Academy
International Animation and Special Effects Forum:
The 2018 Taipei Film Academy – International Animation and Special Effects Forum will be held from September 10th-11th. This year we have invited three renowned masters to come to Taipei as lecturers of the Forum. Olivier Cauwet who works as visual effect supervisor at BUF is known for his award-winning sci-fi film Blade Runner 2049, Fight Club and The Lobster；Antony Elworthy from New Zealand is recognized for his role as lead animator in Isle of Dogs, directed by Wes Anderson. Last but not least, Norio Ishii from Japan is a prestige visual effect expert known for his work Umizaru 3: The Last Message and Legend of the Demon Cat which is awarded Best Visual Effects at 12th Asian Film Awards.
The two-day forum will cover from character design to VFX breakdown. With their extensive experiences, lecturers will share their knowledge through case studies. Sign up now to explore with us the tricks and secrets behind the scene!
II. Timeline & Schedule
1. Forum Date: September 10th (Mon) to 11th (Tue)
2. Location: Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei
(201 Tun Hwa South Road, Section 2, Taipei, 10675,Taiwan)
9/10(Mon) Forum will be held at 2nd Floor and 9/11(Tue)will be held at 3rd Floor
3. Forum Rundown:
III. Application Information
1. Sign up is open to the public until full.
2. This forum is free of charge.
3. Due to limited seating, the admission of attendees will be based on a first sign up first come basis.
4. The lecturer will be analyzing VFX footages from the movie Fight
Club; hence all minors under 18 are not allowed to attend.
IV. How to Attend
1. Application starts: August 15th –limited seating, application open
2. To attend, please fill the online application form:
3. Announcement of participants admitted to attend: The list of selected participants has been announced on our official website https://goo.gl/x2GUvV
V. Other Information
1. All personal information gathered will only be used for Taipei Film
Academy - International Animation and Special Effects Forum.
2. Photo-taking and video-taping are prohibited during the forum.
3. Admitted participants must follow the rules and regulations of Taipei
Film Academy, those who violate the rules and regulations may be disqualified.
4. Taipei Film Commission reserves all rights to participants’ selection
and to the forum.
5. If work and classes are cancelled in case of force majeure such as
natural disasters typhoons, announced by Taipei City Government, the forum will be canceled without notice.
6. Please refer to the Taipei Film Academy Website:
or contact International Team of Taipei Film Commission at:
02-2709-3880#113 Angel Su
02-2709-3880#134 Wayne Li
VI. Speaking Lecturer (In order of appearance in the forums)
1. Olivier Cauwet
Paris-born VFX supervisor Olivier Cauwet has always been passionate about Graphic Arts.
After having studied at Supinfocom (FR), where he co-directed the short movie Ombre portée (Prix SACD du scenario, Imagina 1998) at the end of his studies. Olivier Cauwet made his way through different companies in post-production in France. He had some work experience at Duran, Mac Guff Ligne and the AFP (Agence France Presse) where he participated in the development of a project to illustrate the news in 3D.
In 1998, he joined VFX studio BUF Compagine as CG artist. For 20 years, Olivier has mostly acted as a VFX supervisor, he worked on commercials, video clips, TV series and feature films like Fight Club, Panic Room, The Matrix Reloaded, Batman Begins, Total Recall, The Lobster, Independence Day: Resurgence, Star Trek: Discovery, Twin Peak, Lost in Space etc…
He has been one of the speakers at the VFX conference of Annecy International Animated Film Festival in 2012 which highlights the strong link between the visual effects sector and 3D animation. The movie Blade Runner 2049 earned him the Digital Creation Genie Awards (FR) for the Best Visual Effects in 2018.
VFX, arts and technics at the service of storytelling.
Through his career at BUF Compagnie, Olivier Cauwet tells us how the VFX are a real creative tool at the service of the director.
Through his work on films like Fight Club, Panic Room or Blade Runner 2049, Olivier explains how the VFX can be part of the camera, part of the storytelling, be the atmosphere, can be the main character or even the graphic signature of the movie.
2. Antony Elworthy
Antony Elworthy is a stop-motion animator, designer and illustrator. He has been working on stop-motion animated films, television shows and commercials in New Zealand, Europe and America for the last 19 years. When not working on feature films, he lives a peaceful existence by the beach with his young family.
His illustration work encompasses children’s books, educational publishing, character design for animation, advertising, storyboarding and private commissions.
From small scale “garage” animation to big budget stop-motion animated feature films, Elworthy has worked as a character animator around the world, and has worked amongst some of the very best in the industry.
His feature film credits include Kubo and the Two Strings, Coraline, The Boxtrolls, Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, and Frankenweenie. Each of these films was nominated for an Academy Award in the ‘Best Animated Feature’ category. His most recent role was Lead Animator on Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs.
“Stop-Motion Animation in Feature Film Production”
To the surprise of many people, stop-motion animation has enjoyed a renaissance over the last two decades. This lecture aims to examine the enduring popularity of the medium in the face of modern animation techniques, through the discussion of seminal feature films including Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride and Wes Anderson’s Isle Of Dogs. An insight into the production of stop-motion films will be given, and an illumination of the special relationship between the director and the stop-motion animator.
3. Norio Ishii
Norio Ishii was born in Nagano, Japan on 18th December 1962. He has been working in the field of VFX since he entered TV Technica. Currently he is working at Omnibus Japan.
Norio Ishii has been recognized for his aspiration and expertise in the making of special visual effects, that creates an imaginative world in a very natural way with unique aesthetic. Such as in the iconic series Umizaru, Ishii tried to simulate every possible form of water and how a jet could land in water in accordance to human beings’ natural reactions.
With the chance of sharing his unique aesthetic perspective, Taiwanese filmmakers can benefit from his feedbacks during the lecture, and develop their own perception within the visual effect field.
Asian Film Award - Best Visual Effects Legend of the Demon Cat (2017)
Motion Picture and Television Engineering Society of Japan, Inc. – Image Technique Award Limit of Love Umizaru (2006)
A look inside the production of visual effect.
1. Job description of Visual Effect Supervisor and the required skill set
2. Analysis of the presentation of the visual effect from the movie
Legend of the Demon Cat and Ajin
3. Q&A regarding the previous works: including Onmyoji, Umizaru, Bayside Shakedown