Move Summit: Top Five to Look Out For

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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, Move Summit.

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.

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…


Aardman Animations

The number one name in animation in the UK, Bristol-based Aardman have been creating stop frame family entertainment for over 40 years. 

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.

Now Will is coming to Edinburgh to share behind-the-scenes stories from his career, as well as production on the studio’s new neanderthal adventure, Early Man.

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

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.

Last year, the studio provided a fascinating insight into their work on the massively popular Warhammer franchise, as well as a range of speakers imparting invaluable careers advice for how to get started in the industry.

This year, Axis will be sharing their experiences on the new SyFy series, Happy!, based on the work of Scottish comic book writer Grant Morrison, for which they delivered 900 effects shots.

A collection of the studio’s experts will also be involved in 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.

Doug Larmour, Global Head of Compositing, wowed Move Summit in 2017 with his story of the oscar winning work on Disney’s The Jungle Book. Who would believe that the visual effects on the movie took 30 million hours to create?

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.

Another hit in 2017 was the career sessions with emerging talent. Once again, MPC will be sending talent scouts to feed back on the work of upcoming artists and animators.



Unity is a powerful cross-platform game engine, used to create some of the most popular games and content for computers, consoles and mobile devices.

A current focus for the company is the increasing use of real-time game engines for high quality film making… with all the improvements in flexibility and rendering this can lend.

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.

In recent years, Unity has been used for previz on Hollywood movies (Passengers, Disney’s The Jungle Book) in short films (The Gift, Adam, and Sonder), and animated series Mr Carton.

There’s no denying the quality of the results, and this is certainly a fascinating area of the industry. We’re really looking forward to this one!


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.

There’ll be heavy beats to get your skeleton shaking, delicious booze from Stewart Brewery, and unexpected hit of 2017… the giant piece of paper!

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.

If you can’t make it to Move Summit, you can get your Move Late tickets here.

Oh and keep an eye out for even more nighttime surprises to be announced on the day!


Move Summit 2018 is going to be the highlight of the year for animation professionals and fans, with an incredible line-up spanning the breadth of the industry.

We can’t wait for the big day, and if you see us there, be sure to stop and say hi!

There are currently a few tickets left for Move Summit – if you haven’t booked, get tickets now at

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