Today at HP ZED: Guardians of the Galaxy - the rejects!

Discover the creatures they DIDN'T use, plus a special education session and the animation contest final cut.

HP ZED, a 'pop up shop' for creatives in London's Soho, draws to a close today at the end of its two-week run. But a tiny number of tickets are still left for the remaining sessions, so make sure you register now and be sure of a seat.

Here's what's going down on the final day at ZED...

Education for the future of digital creativity, 3-4pm

Mark Spevik

With over 16 years’ experience in VFX, Mark Spevick knows a thing or two about cinematic CG. Most recently he managed the CG team that worked on the Parachute scene in Angels and Demons on behalf of Double Negative.

In this session, Spevick looks at how education in the field has matured, from the days of being a runner and working your way up to the introduction of VFX training in universities and bespoke training at academies like Escape Studios.He'll explain that the future for your career in VFX remains bright, even when your tool of choice falls by the wayside.

It's a must-attend session for everyone interested in improving their skills and develop their career. Register here.

Guardians of the Galaxy - The Rejects!, 7-10pm

Adam Dewhirst will talk about his work on Guardians of the Galaxy at HP ZED London

Last but certainly not least, this special session promises to be the highlight of a very special fortnight at HP ZED London.

In this very special session, Adam Dewhirst from The Mill, Lead Modeller on Guardians of the Galaxy, will be talking about the process behind the development of film’s creatures - but with a twist!

The focus will be on the creations that didn’t make the final cut with but how rejects play a vital role in character development. Book your free tickets today!

And finally...

To bring ZED to a close, we'll be revealing the final cut of the Bring Your Own Animation challenge organized by Siggraph London Chapter. Teams of animators will have had two days to create a short animation on a set theme on HP Z Workstations. The reveal will be followed by food, drink and music.

HP ZED London 2014

This content has been brought to you in association with HP ZED, a 'pop up shop' for creatives in London's Soho from 29 September – 10 October 2014.

With talks, tutorials and creativity sessions brought to you by top experts from leading studios like Double Negative, MPC, Milk and The Mill, as well as HP, Intel and Nvidia, it's a must-attend event for anyone working in motion graphics, animation or 3D. Find out more here!


Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specialising in design and technology. He was previously associate editor at Creative Bloq and deputy editor at net magazine, the world’s best-selling magazine for web designers. Over two decades in journalism he’s worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, Heat, Company and Bella. Follow him on Twitter @tom_may.