World Class Visual Effects for Artists

The Visual Effects Research Lab based at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee is a groundbreaking project funded by the European Union. The VERL consolidates established world-class research at DJCAD in video art, digital film and 3D computer visualisation and provides a well-equipped laboratory environment for researchers and partners in the creative industries throughout the North Sea Region to carry out new and innovative research.

The initial three-year project aims to link the worlds of film, art, technology and computer science. By sharing methodologies and promoting cross, trans and inter disciplinary understanding the lab will challenge established notions of visual thought. We aim to create new synergies between scientists, artists, clinicians, and filmmakers. The team members of the lab encompass a diverse range of practices and research portfolios and include experts in video art, digital film, visual effects, medical visualization, animation and underwater imaging.

The lab offers a custom built environment to realise projects with state of the art compositing, editing, animation and visualisation software. The facilities include: 10 x Nuke compositing systems, 2 x Smoke worksations, 10 x Maya 3D workstations, Ocula stereoscopic 3D compositing, HD projection, integrated multi node rendering and secure Isilon media storage. We also have breakout spaces and meeting room available to project partners.

World Class Visual Effects For Artists - VERL has received co-funding from the Scottish Arts Council to help create a portfolio of digital film works that utilize advanced visual effects from the film industry. Artists and filmmakers are invited to submit proposals to make or complete ideas for a three to four minute high definition digital film. Four proposals will be selected for production, and supported by the newly established Visual Effects Research Lab (VERL) at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art.

The scheme is open to artists and film-makers who have established a practice
within and/ or beyond Scotland, with an imaginative and intriguing idea for the
exploitation of visual effects in post-production. (We regret that students are not

Proposals are encouraged to be resonant with the public’s current experiences of special effects in the movies, but with an artist's eye and mind. This might involve live action, a composite sequence with a virtual set, 3D animation, or cinematographic scenes that requires some manipulation in post-production.

What we offer through the scheme:
Opportunity to imagine and visualize the improbable.
Advice from the VERL research team on turning the idea into a full production.
A budget and skilled personnel to support the production and post -production of the work. Personnel may include a creative producer, Director of Photography, and creative operators for post production.
A license fee of £500 for the exhibition and use of the work. Copyright will be assigned to the artist.
Promotion and exhibition of the works to be confirmed through project development stages and in discussion with SAC/ Scottish Screen.

Deadline & Selection
The deadline for proposals is 5.00 pm May 7th, 2010. A specialist panel will decide upon the proposals to be produced. The production of selected works will take place between June and November, so please bear this in mind before deciding to submit.

What to Submit
You may submit a description, text, sketches, storyboards, – anything that fully conveys your idea for your digital film, and that can be easily packaged and returned. A short CV, and samples of previous work on DVD should also be submitted in support of your proposal.

Production and Creative Support
Peter Richardson will act as the Creative Producer for each selected digital film. He will work closely with the participating artist to realise each filmmaker’s creative vision to completion. The lab will be responsible for managing production schedules, appointing crews, principle photography and supervising post-production. Peter Richardson is the director of the Visual Effects Research Lab and has 15 years experience in the film and television industry. During this time Peter produced films for some of the UK’s foremost artists including Michael Landy, Gillian Wearing, Damien Hirst and Jake and Dinos Chapman. Peter directed and produced “A Real Work of Art” an Arts Council England / Channel 4 co production which told the story of Mark Wallinger’s racehorse project Real Work of Art. He collaborated with Wallinger throughout the 1990’s on many of his video projects. 

Project Director: Peter Richardson
Research Team: Prof Stephen Partridge, Chris Rowland, Dr John McGhee 

Send your proposal materials to:
Research Office
(Visual FX for Artists)
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design
Perth Road
Dundee DD1 4HT
World Class Visual Effects for Artists is supported by the Scottish Arts Council. 

The Visual Effects Research Lab is funded by the European Union under the Interreg IVB North Sea Region Programme.