CGI & The Illusion Revolution: with BAFTA winner Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor

BAFTA-winning Lucy Ainsworth Taylor of Blue-Bolt, industry-leading creators of CGI for Game of Thrones, Peaky Blinders and smash-hit movies like Skyfall, or The Imitation Game which we will be showing in its entirety after Lucy's talk

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Lucy will explain to us what CGI is and how it gets done. So much of what we see on cinema and TV screens is computer generated illusion, whether it be dragons in _Game of Thrones_ or more subtle illusions that enable film-makers to re-create past worlds, such as in _Peaky Blinders, Downton Abbey, The Iron Lady..._ or to create new ones, such as in _Cloud Atlas, Pirates of the Caribbean_ or the recent _Man from U.N.C.L.E_. Lucy's Blue Bolt team worked on all of them. Sometimes CGI is used to embellish and beautify - a trick of the light for dramatic effect, as in the recent Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr. Or a layer of snow over Highclere in Downton for the Christmas special. Sometimes it is entire environments, castles, street scenes, people, horses...

CGI is where artistic sensibility and technological know-how meet, offering the broadest canvas to the imagination and a feast for the eyes & emotions. And we drink it in, sometimes realising, sometimes not.

This is absolutely worldwide, multi-million dollar material and the talk will be illustrated with clips from BlueBolt's spectacular portfolio, including _Game of Thrones, Peaky Blinders, Man From U.N.C.L.E., MacBeth_ & _The Imitation Game_

See BlueBolt's amazing project page... and see more photos below.

After Lucy's talk and Ebenezer soup supper, we will show _The Imitation Game_ starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Lucy's talk is the first Ebenezer talk of the new season but will also be the first of our new Sunday film aftenoon/evening events with which we hope to while away the disturbingly lengthy winter. Pizza is planned for future events!

Please note this is a Sunday event and will only occur on Sunday 27th. If you try to come on any nearby Friday, you may be disappointed. Also the start time is earlier than usual: 5.00 for wine & chat then a 5.30 start.

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Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor

Lucy began her career in film production and worked her way up. In 2001, she joined The Moving Picture Company and over a seven-year period she became instrumental in their growth, turning it into one of the most successful VFX (visual effects) facilities in the world.

In 2009 Lucy formed BlueBolt with two former colleagues aiming to work on high-end television and feature films, which they have done in spectacular fashion, winning BAFTAs along with a host of other industry awards. In the last five years the company has grown into one of London's top VFX facilities.

She says (and Ebenezer believes her) - "dealing with Hollywood and their nonsense really keeps me on my toes."

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