The Cross Channel Film Lab is an R&D project aiming to redefine the use of VFX (Visual Effects), Stereo 3D and narrative in low-mid budget feature films. The project links eleven partners in the UK and France with industry to develop eight brave, original and imaginative feature films alongside new technology and in-depth research.
The Cross Channel Film Lab project was selected under the European cross-border cooperation programme INTERREG IV A France (Channel) - England, co-funded by the ERDF.
The eleven project partners for the Cross Channel Film Lab represent the film and creative industries, technology, economic development, education and research. The Lab also works with Industry Partners across the UK and France: Artefacto (Rennes); Arts Centre Trust Cornwall (Redruth); Bournemouth University/Centre for Digital Entertainment; Cornwall Council (Truro); Creative England (Bristol); Dinard Film Festival; EESAB – École Européenne Supérieure d'Art de Bretagne (Rennes); Falmouth University; Le Groupe Ouest (Plounéour-Trez); Télécom Bretagne – 3D Fovéa (Brest); Université de Bretagne Occidentale - Image & Son Brest.
Our industry partners include producers, financiers, distributors, training providers and companies working in VFX and Stereo 3D in the UK and France. Our consultants bring expertise in screenwriting, VFX, Stereo 3D and the UK/French film industry and include representatives of companies such as Amak, Arte France, Bait Studios, BBC Films, Digimage, Eyes3Shut, Film4, ImageEyes, McGuff, Mikros, Mocaplab, Nvizible, Peanut FX, Prime Focus, Rushes, Studio Canal, Tiger X, Valhalla Audio, Vertigo Films, Vision 3 and Zoptic plus broad research expertise from amongst our academic partners.
Reported in Screen Daily on Tuesday 3 December 2013, "Cross Channel Film Lab (CCFL) has revealed its selection of four low to medium budget feature film projects, all utilising visual effects and/or Stereo 3D in "brave, original and imaginative ways", to participate in the Lab's year-long workshop programme in 2014. The Lab offers filmmakers an opportunity to develop their screenplays and production strategies within an applied research platform dedicated to Stereo 3D, visual effects and CGI."
There have been four feature film projects each year in 2013 and 2014, and Falmouth University worked on Voice from the Deep (France - VFX), writer-director David Vital-Durand and producer Ilann Girard in 2013, and is working on Dome (France - VFX), writer-director Luis Briceno and producer Jérémy Rochigneux in 2014.
On both projects Cross Channel Film Lab has been working with Falmouth University's Animation department staff and students on exploring the VFX approach to the projects. For Voice from the Deep, this involves developing an animated visualisation of one of the characters, a deep sea creature. Kathy Nicholls and Derek Hayes, both Senior Lecturers on BA(Hons) Animation, are working with the filmmakers on concept designs for the Dome project and how this impacts on story development.