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Move Summit 2018: Top Five to Look Out For

With Scotland's top animation gathering just days away, Co-Founder Denis Mallon talks us through the five main events not to be missed

This is an abridged version of the Stampede blog post Move Summit: Top Five to Look Out For.

It’s that time of year again: when Edinburgh is abuzz at the thought of another stellar lineup for Scotland’s number one animation gathering.

This year the event has grown substantially, taking place over two days, in two fantastic city centre locations. As before, the event has maintained the mix of content aimed towards professionals, as well as emerging talent.

MoveSummit_2017 from Interference Pattern on Vimeo.

Once again, Stampede is proud to be supporting Move Summit. We think the animation industry in Scotland is a fantastic and vibrant scene, with so much talent on display. With precious few opportunities to mingle with fellow animators, it’s the perfect chance to celebrate our favourite artform with like minded folk.

So what can you expect across the two days? Here’s what we’re most excited about...


The number one name in animation in the UK, Aardman have just released their seventh feature, Early Man, and Move are welcoming the film’s animation director, Will Becher. Will has had a long and decorated career, working with Aardman on the likes of Creature Comforts, Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep.

But that’s not all - Move are also shining a spotlight on the production side, by welcoming Aardman producer Paul Kewley. Paul will be discussing his fascinating career, focusing on The Shaun the Sheep Movie, The Farmer’s Llamas and the upcoming Shaun the Sheep sequel.

Axis Animation

Glasgow-based Axis animation have been at the forefront of animation in Scotland for several decades, with their incredible work on game cinematics, commercials, and a recent move into feature film production.

Axis - animation reel 2017 from axisanimation on Vimeo.

This year, Axis will be sharing their experiences on the new SyFy series, Happy!, as well as appearing at workshops, panel discussions, and an exclusive Houdini software demo from senior VFX guru Corbin Mayne.


MPC, academy award winning studio, and one of the “big six” VFX companies in the world, have been the brains behind some of the most memorable effects in Hollywood movies over the last two decades, including their oscar winning work on Disney’s The Jungle Book.

This year, Move Summit will be playing host to Head of VFX Rob Hopper, fresh off buccaneering blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The movie tested the limits of the studio’s technical skill, with epic ship battles, a motley crew of ghostly sailors, ghost sharks and various exotic environments.


Unity is a powerful cross-platform game engine, used to create games, content, and increasingly sophisticated real-time cinematics for high quality film making.

Mathieu Muller, field engineer and film specialist at Unity, joins Move Summit this year to talk about his transition from the game industry to his innovative work within this emerging field of real time rendering.

Move Late

Move Summit is more than just a day of talks - there’s also some awesome nights of fun on the cards when the sun goes down on the main event.

On the night of Friday 16th we’re looking forward to the return of Edinburgh’s biggest animation party, Move Late! With this year’s focus on altered realities, the exhibits revolve around innovative VR and AR tech from the likes of Brightside Studios, Interference Pattern and Vitae Backroom.

No chance of boredom on the night of Thursday 15th either, with the introduction of Move Summit: Drink and Draw. This relaxed evening is a chance to hang out with some top animation and creative talent, and doodle the night away while supping on Scotland’s legendary Brewdog beers.

Are you already coming to Move Summit? You'll get free entry to Drink & Draw and Move Late. No need to register, just present your Move Summit lanyard at the door and you’re set.

There are currently a few tickets left for Move Summit - if you haven’t booked, get tickets now at www.movesummit.co.uk.

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