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Trojan Horse was a Unicorn 2014


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Date Added: 4th February 2014

Second time out, the Trojan Horse was a Unicorn festival promises to be bigger, better and even more surprising than last year, as co-founder André Luís explains


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Rather than creating space between the speaker and his audience, THU attempts to create space for the speaker and his audience

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"Trojan Horse was a Unicorn (THU) is a bootcamp in paradise,” says co-founder André Luís. "We really want to make something that really has an impact on people's lives.” The second incarnation of THU (THU/2014), which he has also described as a '4-day digital art rave', will be held 17-20 September 2014.

Last year's event took place on the beautiful Troia peninsula in Portugal, and the location was a big part of the attraction for people. The location for THU/2014 hasn't been decided yet, but Luís promises it'll be just as spectacular and hopes to confirm it in early March(stay tuned!).


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A standing ovation was how THU 2013 ended, and André Luís is determined to make sure 2014 has the same impact

André Luís has been working since the minute the first Trojan Horse was a Unicorn festival finished, to ensure that the sequel would not be a disappointment. "The first edition was really a blast so the expectations are high,” he admits, "and we have a lot of challenges for 2014.” Bringing together producers, animators, game developers, VFX artists, concept artists and 3D generalists, THU aims to take them out of their comfort zone, to introduce them to big ideas and big names, and to get them excited about their work again.

"THU is about networking and friendship and sharing, knowledge and learning, and the unique thing is that THU is not just about nice words.”

André Luís

Unique opportunities

What really impressed the people who attended THU the first time out, is that – as the name implies – it prides itself on not being a corporate event. As Luís says, "Everything in THU is to create the best experience for the attendees and speakers. There are no VIPs in THU: we are family since day one.”

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Getting involved and inspired is the name of the game, at THU 2014

To achieve the family vibe, Luís and his team had to set up the right conditions, so that "speakers are available 8-10 hours a day to speak to everyone, and every place every hour is good to talk.” And that holds true whether you want to "show your portfolio or just drink a beer. The events happen from 10am to 3am.” This made THU "about networking and friendship and sharing, knowledge and learning, and the unique thing is that THU is not just about nice words,” he adds. Luís believes it was a life-changing experience not just for him, but for the speakers and attendees too.

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Gavriil Afanasyev Klimov plans to talk about the difference between design and illustration in concept work
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"I am looking forward to meeting all the people that attend, usually there are amazing crowds full of energy, not to mention I will be meeting a ton of friends who are
other speakers.”

Gavriil Afanasyev Klimov

One of 2014's confirmed roster of speakers will be concept artist Gavriil Afanasyev Klimov, who is very excited to be taking part. He explains that he "will probably talk about the difference between being a concept designer and a concept illustrator or rather, differences between design and illustration in the concept field. I will talk about concepting using 3D as a tool of choice and I will talk about my work-flow based on the situational needs. I am looking forward to meeting all the people that attend; usually there are amazing crowds full of energy, not to mention I will be meeting a ton of friends who are other speakers.”

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Anytime and anyplace is a good moment for a beer at the Trojan Horse was a Unicorn festival


Win a Golden Ticket to THU/2014 in the CG Warrior competition!



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