Train2Game News BFX Family Weekend

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Come along to the free Family weekend at BFX Festival The BFX Festival 2015 is hosting a free Family Weekend with workshops, films and more!

The BFX Festival has lined up a Family Weekend that includes film screenings, workshops and talks and lots of fun for all the family, and best of all its completely free.

From Saturday 3 to Sunday 4 October, the Family weekend is full of drop in events aimed at children between the ages of 5-18 years. Aiming to inspire the next wave of VFX, gaming and animation talent, there is a whole host of activities.

Walt Disney Animation studios have generously lent BFX a selection of concept art from the incredible animated feature film Big Hero 6. The exhibition will run from Tuesday 29th September until Sunday 11th October and will be displayed in the Bourne Lounge at the BIC.

There’s the opportunity to watch some of the best recent animation films, these include Big Hero 6, Frozen, How To Train Your Dragon 2 and SpongeBob SquarePants cartoons.

To get hands on with animation, there’s a fun workshop for children and families using stop motion animation techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to make an aeroplane, background elements and props using a variety of materials and learn the secrets of animation and the techniques used by the professionals.

There’s also the opportunity to create a 3D character with an academy award winning digital sculpting software tool, Zbrush, today it’s used in virtually every film that requires special effects work. Working in pairs you will be able to sculpt and paint your very own creation. Come along on both the Saturday and Sunday for ages 8-18.

There will be a Microsoft games station including X-Box and Minecraft as well as careers advice from Bournemouth University’s National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA) and STEMNET ambassadors.

To come along to any of the events, please register for a family ticket (note that this does not guarantee a space on the animation workshops). For more information on the BFX Festival, visit www.bfxfestival.com .

Train2Game News: Disney’s outside the box idea

Roger A. Iger has said that Disney may be going in to developing their own console. Disney has had trouble utilising the internet to date and this could be the next step.

Their new product is an ambitious and unannounced gaming initiative that is code-named Toy Box which has been described as a game console with extensive mobile and other online applications in which various Pixar and Disney characters will interact with each other for the first time.

Recently detailed was The Walt Disney Company’s struggles as it pertains to mastering the internet. The company’s online components, as well as their gaming and mobile divisions, have posted 15 consecutive quarters of losses.

The company as a whole is doing very well with ventures such as earlier this summer with the big screen phenomena that was The Avengers, which earned over 1.5 billion dollars for Marvel Studios, which is now owned by Walt Disney Pictures.

Its inability to make much headway on the internet and with games however is becoming hard to ignore and given how the importance of such outlets will only increase as time goes on, now might be time for Disney to do something particularly drastic or bold.

There are several other initiatives now under-way, to help turn the online tide. One idea includes another massive redesign of Disney.com, their third in five years.

Given Disney’s long time ties with Pixar, which is also connected to Apple who certainly have aspirations of their own, we could see the rise of an under dog in the next generation.