cgiCITY – so many highlights


Want to say big thanks to anyone who came down to our first cgiCITY event. Being the first, like the audience, I didn’t know what to expect.

cgiCITY 5/9/2012

It was really enlightening to see how Will Rockall and John Sellings, who gave the talk, broke down scenes in their films, going through some quite detailed steps. They were like the masked magicians.

cgiCITY 5/9/2012

For example, in Metamorphosis they would take a scene, explain the workflow. First starting out in z-brush, importing into Luxology modo, then producing a whole load of rendering passes; diffuse, specular, SSAO, normals, depth, etc. Actually the workflow reminded me of the stages used to render a frame from a 3d computer game engine. Then NUKE was used to composite all these passes along with the acting performances etc.

They also went through the pain they had to go through on a particular scene that involved the actress Maureen Lipman just opening a window. Apparently look an age to fix in post. They had to hide the wind machine, all the wires used to flap the window frames about (which was difficult due to the dress pattern she was wearing), the reflections of the crew in the window panes etc.

They also went through taking quite a busy street scene, to remove people and cars, they were even asked to close the door to a building as it ruined the aesthetics of the shot. Leaving just the main actor and apparently keeping pigeons in shot was important.

Actually much more was talked about in the presentation. I certainly downloaded the information in my brain the best I could.

Some of us went to the pub after for a bit of networking, some stayed to closing time. I know that there were a lot of possible collaborations going on. All and all a fantastic informative evening, in my opinion. A big thanks to Will Rockall and John Selling from Rockkiss DME for their excellent presentation.


All the best,

Julian (Non-Multiplex Cinema)


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5th September 2012

6.45pm for 7pm start at the Deloitte Stonecutter Theatre, Stonecutter Court, 1 Stonecutter Street, London EC4A 3TR

A Brand New Event

A one hour presentation by two experienced cgi & vfx experts, Will Rockall and John Sellings, will focus on contributions made by them (individually or collaboratively) to three recent productions, each on the subject of either horror, abomination or the humorously weird:
Metamorphosis – the 2012 production of Franz Kafka’s seminal short story about a salesman who turns into an insect (to be released).

Can You Live for Ever? – Discovery Channel’s humorous, Emmy Award nominated documentary about immortality (released 2011).

Three’s a Shroud – 2012 feature in which three separate horror shorts are connected by a bedtime story narrative (to be released).

three recent productions


Will and John will be showing clips from each production and explaining the background behind the CGI / VFX elements of each.

William Rockall

William has enjoyed over 25 years of success in the world of film and television animation. Prior to setting up Rockkiss DME, William gained experience as a graphic and set designer at the BBC. He worked in on-air presentation for ITV live transmission and served in the corporate sector in the design of staged events for numerous blue chip companies. William has been associated with many of the post production houses in London before co-founding Jellyfish Pictures in 2001, which won, among others, a BAFTA and two Visual Effects Society awards. At the end of 2011 he co-founded Rockkiss Digital Media Entertainment, a computer animation studio concentrating on developing its own titles in the TV, film and games markets.

William Rockall

John Sellings

John has been working in the short film, music and video production industry for the past 15 years as Director of Photography, on-line editor and visual effects artist for his company, ‘Viva_vancouveR productions’. He has worked as a music producer, dealing with both live and studio sound for numerous high profile bands including Iron Maiden, The Blockheads and The Subways. John also teaches film and music studies and composes and produces his own music. Following further studies at Van Arts in Vancouver, he moved into the visual effects compositing field. Working at Jellyfish Pictures and now at Rockkiss DME, he continues to work on other independent feature films in both directing and post-production

John Sellings

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