From comic artist to leading storyboard artist. Due to his pioneering work for Game of Thrones, Northern Ireland’s William Simpson is at the top of the wish list for many action and fantasy makers. Using his storyboards and fragments from his final productions, Simpson will draw us into his fascinating world during his NFF Masterclass.
William Simpson is best known for his energetic style, but also for his versatility. As comic artist he has illustrated for the heavyweight DC Comics and its rival Marvel Comics. His remarkably varied and illustrious output includes work on Batman, Judge Dredd and Hellblazer. But since 2000, Simpson has also been very active in the film world. He has made storyboards for films such as the post-apocalyptic Reign of Fire with Matthew McConaughey and Christian Bale and the Liam Neeson-vehicle Unknown, and has frequently collaborated with Irish Oscar-winner Neil Jordan.
Since 2011 his star has been in the ascendant with his contribution to Game of Thrones. Initially he was asked simply to design the weapons for the series, but soon he was partly responsible for the overall look and feel of this worldwide success series.
Delightful dinner with the international and national film professionals, as well as official introductions to the four selected Talents En Route (the festival’s curation of the country’s most promising film talents).