Carson McDowell collaborates with Ulster University on landmark computer animation conference

Olivia O'Kane

Olivia O’Kane

Carson McDowell is collaborating with Ulster University on a landmark computer animation conference.

Olivia O’Kane, partner and head of media and entertainments at the firm, is partnering with Alec Park, lecturer on UU’s computer animation course, on the landmark all-island conference taking place on university campus tomorrow.

Richard Williams, chief executive of NI Screen. is opening the conference and speakers include Richard Gordon of Jam Media, Grainne McGuinness of Paper Owl, Professor Greg Maguire of Humain, and gamer and entrepreneur William Barr of Billy Goat.

The conference will also hear from international guests, including animator and film director Victor Perez, who is travelling from Rome, and Northern Ireland native Catherine Mullan, travelling from London.

Besides his own films, Mr Perez has worked on visual effects for the Star Wars franchise, while Ms Mullan is an animation supervisor for MPC and has worked on the Harry Potter and Narnia franchises.

Speaking ahead of the conference, Ms O’Kane (pictured) told Irish Legal News the conference was a “natural fit” for Carson McDowell’s media and entertainments department.

She added: “University of Ulster has led the way for its innovative and creative foresight in its programmes and education, with creative industries leading light Fiona McElroy as Head of Innovation & Impact.

“It is a privilege to be part of a conference that brings together some of the most talented animators and gamers in Ireland and Northern Ireland. I am particularly honoured to welcome friend Victor to Belfast for the first tome, and personally thrilled that my long-time childhood friend Catherine is returning home to share her success with those who are entering the industry.

“Richard Williams has transformed Northern Ireland’s media industry and in doing so has enhanced our economy and tourist industry beyond anyone’s expectations.

“The speakers at this event are the most exciting talent and successful people working in the industry. They will discuss current trends and the outlook for Northern Ireland’s future growth in the media sector.

“I am proud to be involved in such an exciting event and privileged to hear from these speakers.”