Oscar-winning VFX supervisor in live Q & A with students

VFX talk

Visual Effects and Motion Graphics and Animation host live Q&A with Oscar Winning VFX Supervisor Andrew Whitehurst


Andrew Whitehurst, VFX Supervisor, last night hosted a live Q&A session for VFX and Motion Graphics Course and Animation students along with Rosie Shepherd, a part-time lecturer on the Visual Effects and Motion Graphics course, who recently took up a permanent post. Andrew and Rosie came up with the idea to host the session using a live stream service, allowing Andrew to very kindly take time out of his evening and spend more than 90 minutes answering a range of questions from students on his work and the Visual Effects industry from his home in London.


Andrew Whitehurst has worked as a VFX Supervisor on Spectre and Skyfall, and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World for Double Negative, and was  nominated for a Oscar and a Bafta for ‘Ex Machina’, which has earned huge amounts of praise for its impressive VFX work behind creating Ava, the humanoid robot at the centre of the story. Since he visited USW just last month, Andrew won the 2016 Oscar for Visual Effects for ' Ex Machina'!!


Rosie, who recently created zombie crowds as a Crowd Artist on Pride, Prejudice and Zombies and additionally worked on the upcoming The Jungle Book for MPC, was able to plan the session with Andrew thanks to her strong ties to the VFX industry and is already planning to bring in more colleagues to host Q&As for students based on the success of this event.


Andrew was very impressed with the range and variety of questions asked and students were excited and entertained to learn more about his work and experiences of the VFX industry.

"This is a great opportunity for our students" commented Rosie, adding that "we work closely with industry across Animation and Visual Effects and this sort of experience, where students can speak with someone who has worked on a major production, and has actually won an Oscar for his work, is really invaluable".

Find out more about studying Animation or Visual Effects at the  University of South Wales.