MEET THE TEAM
The core team are film and TV professionals and continue to work in the industry. Having worked across all sectors of VFX and Motion Graphics in Film, TV, advertising, online and social media content. Credited on big blockbusters like visual effects OSCAR nominated Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), visual effects BAFTA winning Black Mirror: Metalhead (2017) and Visual effects Emmy Award winner Chernobyl (2019); and working with high-profile advertising brands such as Google, BBC and Sky.
Jack Phillips Course Leader
With over 12 years experience in the VFX industry, Jack has worked on films such as the visual effects Oscar nominated Guardians of the Galaxy and Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings. As well as high-end TV series, including most recently, Chernobyl and Dark Crystal: Age of resistance. Starting out as a Compositor in South Wales, he then later moved to London, becoming a Roto/Prep Supervisor for DNEG. Here he Supervised on the Visual Effects BAFTA winning team for Black Mirror: Metalhead, working globally across Montreal, LA, Mumbai and Chennai.
Having worked for companies such as DNEG, MPC and Bait Studios, Jack has a wealth of experience and contacts from working in-house, freelance and remotely across the industry. He has made sure all this has infused into the whole course, with him particularly specialising in the Compositing, Professional Practice and Development strands of the course.
Geraint Thomas Lecturer
Lecturer in Motion Graphics and Visual Effects. Geraint has over 10 years industry experience, and has had the pleasure of working on a wide range of projects on a variety of platforms, from multiple TV series to high-budget TV Commercials such as Clash of Kings, Nationwide, The Idle Man, AX Paris, Watchshop, Ancestry, Glasses Direct and Legoland, as well as creating social media motion graphic content for high-profile corporations such as Google, NowTV and Sky. Geraint has worked in numerous areas of the Visual Effects & Motion Graphics field; from large television production pipelines, to online digital content teams, to working with television advertising and promotional material.
The diversity of these roles has given him an insight into how greatly the industry differs depending on the nature of the work at hand, with substantial experience in a vast range of areas within Visual Effects. Geraint’s technical expertise lies within After Effects, 3D and Motion Graphics, although has a working knowledge of all areas of the course.
Tom Tatchell Lecturer
Lecturer in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics with over 10 years experience in the industry. Tom has worked on a vast array of projects as a Compositor ranging from advertising: Switch Current Account, TalkTalk, SodaStream, Guardian; to feature films: Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires, Cognition, Anna and the Apocalypse, The Red Sea Diving Resort, Accident; to high budget series such as High and Dry, Roots and Black Mirror. Upon graduating from this course, Tom began work as a freelance compositor and later gained employment at Buzzbox in Cardiff. Here, Tom also specialised in the more technical side of Visual Effects in addition to his role as a Compositor.
He has actively developed plugins and applications to enhance workflows and productivity using the Python programming language, along with building advanced gizmos and scripts for the compositing software Nuke. Another area that Tom has a strong working knowledge of is in CG FX simulations such as fire, smoke and particle effects within various 3D software packages available to the course. As part of his teaching approach, Tom looks to incorporate the latest and most advanced technologies to the field of VFX to reflect upcoming industry trends and practices.
Dr Pete Hodges Subject Manager
Pete is the Academic Manager for the Film and Visual Effects course within the School of Production Performance, and has developed the progression of the Animation & Visual Effects courses since the 1990’s. His main teaching duties on the course are for the Critical Studies, Critical Research & Supervision modules for years 2 and 3. Pete’s PhD was entitled ‘Towards a definition of the dialogical interactions between image and sound effects in animated film’. His expertise and interests are focused on Animated Film, Sound and Image in Film, Interactive/Non-Linear Narratives, Animated Infographics, and Believable Visual Effects. Pete thinks peanut M&M’s have no calories and are full of protein, although this may not be true.
Kris Francies Technical Instructor
Kris is the technical instructor for Film & Visual Effects and is one of a team of technical instructors that will deliver training with regards to green screen production, on set lighting and camera usage and correct filming practice. Kris has years of experience in many facets of production and has a huge amount of technical skills and knowledge with regards to cinematography, lighting and project production which are essential to supporting any practical modules. Kris has extensive knowledge and experience from production sets such as; The Reverend, Ironclad, Winston, The Gospel of Us, The Green Hollow, To Provide All People, as well as tv shows such as Grandpa in my pocket, Casualty, HAHA Hairies, Britain’s Got Talent and X Factor. For the past 10 years Kris has also worked with the Iris Prize Festival and has undertaken key roles in each of the winner’s films, several of which have been recognised for their excellence with Sundance and Bafta. Kris actively continues to work on short films and features with the Iris Prize Festival in addition to his USW commitments.