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PauseFest Offers Live Student Reel Critiques

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PauseFest Offers Live Student Reel Critiques

Students looking to perfect their visual effects reels will have a unique opportunity to get expert critiques in an open “Battle of the Reels” session held February 10 during next month’s PauseFest digital technology festival in Melbourne. Pros from award-winning vfx studio Rising Sun Pictures, software developer The Foundry and talent agency Tyroe, which are all sponsoring the event, will screen submitted student artist reels and offer live feedback on creativity, technique and professional merit.

Aspiring fx artists can submit reels of no more than 90 seconds’ duration in any of four categories: Compositing, Modeling, Lighting and Texturing. Each entry must have utilized at least one product from The Foundry, and may be submitted through

A panel of judges will review all submissions and select a short list of participants for the Battle of the Reels, which will take place live at The Cube – Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne. Feedback will be given by Rising Sun’s Marcus Wells and Kirsty Parkin, Tyroe’s Alwyn Hunt and Andrew McDonald, and The Foundry’s Mariana Acuna and Nicki Morris.

The best reel in each of the four categories will be awarded a software prize from The Foundry.

PauseFest will take place from February 8 to 14, with days dedicated to Creative (Feb. 10), Tech (Feb. 11) and Business (Feb. 12). More information at




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