Just returned from a great lecture given by Dayne Cowan at Christchurch University in Broadstairs, who gave a fascinating and detailed insight into the Visual Effects Industry and the process that goes into making all the cool effects you see in big budget Hollywood movies. He's certainly worked on some big films! More on that later.
I'm closing in on completing my disseration, it's been a long journey but hopefully worth it. For the moment, here's my making of document from the Minor Project.