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SAE Extra events are a series of free masterclasses and workshops open to the public, where creative media professionals share their expertise.

Sometimes events are held at our UK campuses in London, Oxford, Glasgow or Liverpool, other times they are held online via Zoom.

In the past we've hosted talks with speakers such as Game of Thrones director Jeremy Podeswa, Grammy-winning audio engineer James Auwarter, Bonobo drummer and producer Jack Baker, and Blue-Zoo Animation post-supervisor Francesca Pesce.

Find out more about SAE Extra events here: https://www.sae.edu/gbr/sae-extra

This forum will be updated regularly with details about upcoming SAE Extra events. All you need to do to claim your free place is sign up via Eventbrite.

Check out our events page for more info: https://www.sae.edu/gbr/events
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SAE Extra events are a series of free masterclasses and workshops open to the public, where creative media professionals share their expertise.

Sometimes events are held at our UK campuses in London, Oxford, Glasgow or Liverpool, other times they are held online via Zoom.

In the past we've hosted talks with speakers such as Game of Thrones director Jeremy Podeswa, Grammy-winning audio engineer James Auwarter, Bonobo drummer and producer Jack Baker, and Blue-Zoo Animation post-supervisor Francesca Pesce.

Find out more about SAE Extra events here: https://www.sae.edu/gbr/sae-extra

This forum will be updated regularly with details about upcoming SAE Extra events. All you need to do to claim your free place is sign up via Eventbrite.

Check out our events page for more info: https://www.sae.edu/gbr/events
SAE Extra: Environment Design Workflow and Fundamentals - Animation Masterclass on 11 September

On 11 September from 1.00 - 2.30 pm we are hosting an environment design workflow and fundamentals animation masterclass with concept artist and art director, Jason Pickthall.

What will the SAE Extra event involve?

In the talk, Jason will explore what makes a good composition, covering the rule of thirds, background, mid ground and foreground elements. By demonstrating an original piece of environment art, Jason will start with thumbnail sketches by selecting the correct one and following it through to final key art production.

He will then focus on scale and creating a believable world with a compelling narrative. Techniques include rough sketching and using 3D software, proving that you don’t have to be a concept artist to design a compelling layout. There will be a chance for the attendees to win a signed print of the bespoke artwork Jason will be breaking down in the session!


Who is Jason Pickthall?

Jason has a background in product design and 20 years experience in the games industry. He started out as a 3D artist at all levels up to lead, working on platforms generation from PSX/PC through to PS3 and Xbox 360.

After this, Jason went into concept art where he went on to be lead concept artist at Freestyle Games (Activision) on Guitar Hero Live (PS4 and Xbox one), also helping out on some Call of Duty and Skylander projects for the broader Activision group.

From there Jason went on to be Lead Concept Artist at Rare (Microsoft Studio) where he led the effort on Sea of Thieves as well as Everwild pre production.


How do you register to attend?

The event will be hosted securely on Zoom and all registrants will receive a link via email to join the event.

Register to attend the event here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/envir...s-118165015743
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Environment Design Workflow and Fundamentals - Animation Masterclass on 11 September

On 11 September from 1.00 - 2.30 pm we are hosting an environment design workflow and fundamentals animation masterclass with concept artist and art director, Jason Pickthall.

What will the SAE Extra event involve?

In the talk, Jason will explore what makes a good composition, covering the rule of thirds, background, mid ground and foreground elements. By demonstrating an original piece of environment art, Jason will start with thumbnail sketches by selecting the correct one and following it through to final key art production.

He will then focus on scale and creating a believable world with a compelling narrative. Techniques include rough sketching and using 3D software, proving that you don’t have to be a concept artist to design a compelling layout. There will be a chance for the attendees to win a signed print of the bespoke artwork Jason will be breaking down in the session!


Who is Jason Pickthall?

Jason has a background in product design and 20 years experience in the games industry. He started out as a 3D artist at all levels up to lead, working on platforms generation from PSX/PC through to PS3 and Xbox 360.

After this, Jason went into concept art where he went on to be lead concept artist at Freestyle Games (Activision) on Guitar Hero Live (PS4 and Xbox one), also helping out on some Call of Duty and Skylander projects for the broader Activision group.

From there Jason went on to be Lead Concept Artist at Rare (Microsoft Studio) where he led the effort on Sea of Thieves as well as Everwild pre production.


How do you register to attend?

The event will be hosted securely on Zoom and all registrants will receive a link via email to join the event.

Register to attend the event here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/envir...s-118165015743
SAE Extra: Game Audio - How to Break Into The Industry on 15 September

SAE is looking forward to hosting a virtual masterclass with video game Sound Designer Mariana Botero on 15 September from 6.00 - 7.30 pm.

What will the talk cover?

Mariana will provide an overview of the different components and careers available in game audio, as well as helpful tips on how to break into the video games industry.

Who is Mariana?

Mariana has worked on a number of high profile AAA video games as a Sound Designer, including Star Wars: Battlefront II, Battlefield V, and Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order.

Mariana is originally from Medellin, Colombia, and she went to a German school. She has done everything from being a bartender and a pastry chef to being stranded in the middle of the jungle surrounded by gorillas while recording location audio. Since then, she’s been fortunate enough to live in several different countries where she discovered new audio recording techniques, designed sound for award-winning AAA and indie video games, and found a passion for technical audio design.


How do you register?

The event will be hosted securely on Zoom and all registrants will receive a link via email to join the event.

Register to attend the event here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sae-e...s-116402826989
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SAE Extra: Environment Design Workflow and Fundamentals - Animation Masterclass on 11 September

On 11 September from 1.00 - 2.30 pm we are hosting an environment design workflow and fundamentals animation masterclass with concept artist and art director, Jason Pickthall.

What will the SAE Extra event involve?

In the talk, Jason will explore what makes a good composition, covering the rule of thirds, background, mid ground and foreground elements. By demonstrating an original piece of environment art, Jason will start with thumbnail sketches by selecting the correct one and following it through to final key art production.

He will then focus on scale and creating a believable world with a compelling narrative. Techniques include rough sketching and using 3D software, proving that you don’t have to be a concept artist to design a compelling layout. There will be a chance for the attendees to win a signed print of the bespoke artwork Jason will be breaking down in the session!


Who is Jason Pickthall?

Jason has a background in product design and 20 years experience in the games industry. He started out as a 3D artist at all levels up to lead, working on platforms generation from PSX/PC through to PS3 and Xbox 360.

After this, Jason went into concept art where he went on to be lead concept artist at Freestyle Games (Activision) on Guitar Hero Live (PS4 and Xbox one), also helping out on some Call of Duty and Skylander projects for the broader Activision group.

From there Jason went on to be Lead Concept Artist at Rare (Microsoft Studio) where he led the effort on Sea of Thieves as well as Everwild pre production.


How do you register to attend?

The event will be hosted securely on Zoom and all registrants will receive a link via email to join the event.

Register to attend the event here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/envir...s-118165015743
This is happening today, there are still places available - if you would like to attend you can register for a free place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/envir...s-118165015743
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SAE Extra: Game Audio - How to Break Into The Industry on 15 September

SAE is looking forward to hosting a virtual masterclass with video game Sound Designer Mariana Botero on 15 September from 6.00 - 7.30 pm.

What will the talk cover?

Mariana will provide an overview of the different components and careers available in game audio, as well as helpful tips on how to break into the video games industry.

Who is Mariana?

Mariana has worked on a number of high profile AAA video games as a Sound Designer, including Star Wars: Battlefront II, Battlefield V, and Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order.

Mariana is originally from Medellin, Colombia, and she went to a German school. She has done everything from being a bartender and a pastry chef to being stranded in the middle of the jungle surrounded by gorillas while recording location audio. Since then, she’s been fortunate enough to live in several different countries where she discovered new audio recording techniques, designed sound for award-winning AAA and indie video games, and found a passion for technical audio design.


How do you register?

The event will be hosted securely on Zoom and all registrants will receive a link via email to join the event.

Register to attend the event here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sae-e...s-116402826989
This is happening now! You can register to attend here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sae-e...s-116402826989
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