We work in close relationship with the Royal College of Art and the National Film and Television School, to provide our students with valuable work experience on their award winning animation productions. This happens in the 2nd and 3rd year of the course, and its the perfect introduction to working on a professional production team.
Its a great chance to get your name on the credits of an award winning film!
Our BA Animators presented their plans for a suitably eccentric clock, which we are designing for the education centre at the newly opened Heath Robinson Museum.
Their proposals were on display at the Grand Opening of the Museum, which houses the most comprehensive collection of work by the highly regarded English cartoonist and illustrator W. Heath Robinson.
As well as producing the artwork, our student will be learning a bit of coding to make the magic all happen. Join our Facebook page for updates as the clock goes into production.
Read about it on the BBC website:
Last year level 5 student Simran Phull went to the Klik Festival, did a bit of networking, and was inspired to write to a studio called Media Monks for work experience. Her confidence paid off, and she had an amazing time in their Netherlands studio.
Media Monks is an international creative digital production company. They work a great deal in advertising for global brands, and Hilversum is their creative headquarters. I went to an industry talk at Klik Animation festival 2015 about 3 successful Dutch animators and there I approached the director of animation at the Hilversum studio, Pierre Nelwan, who I told I was looking for an internship (they have a London office); he said instead of going through the website to go directly through himself, giving me his card. Later I called him and ended up flying to the Netherlands.
I took a tour of the studio and learnt the history of the company. I spent the day working in Flash on some web banners to go out during the Rio Olympics. I also partook in a very exciting production meeting where we discussed a project for Intel, where they were making 3D simulations of traditional Chinese stories for people in China. I used this opportunity to ask professional 3D animators questions to overcome some problems I was facing in my 2nd year research project in Maya. I also learnt some great new skills in Flash, which influenced my way of working when I got back home.
I used this opportunity to gain insight of life in a professional studio. I was a little nervous and very excited. I especially liked the extremely fun atmosphere of the studio and all the different departments: illustrators, concept artists, 2D animators, 3D animators, web designers, games designers, HR, revenue and business. I did not really want to go to the London office as it mainly deals with the business side of the company, while Hilversum is the creative headquarters. I don’t think Pierre remembered me from Klik, though he was impressed that I was willing to take a plane. We keep in touch and I follow the successes of the studio and will be returning to intern for 3 days at the end of the month. I’m very excited.
Last Wednesday our animation students were treated to a look behind the scenes when Tom Edwards, senior CGI supervisor at Double Negative Visual Effects presented a special guest lecture in the main auditorium.
Tom explained the processes required to seamlessly work between the worlds of live action and digital animation, as well as introducing the graduate training scheme and internship programmes at the company.
Congratulations to recent BA Animation graduate Mohammed Orken, who was selected to work at the Cartoon Network Imagination Studios.
This term several students have collaborated with the Games students to enter national competitions. They really need the expertise of our animators – so please let us know if you are interested!
Here is the work of Constantinos Sophocleous in level 5 for a game called Erebus:
Thanks to our Alumni for sharing their success! Level 5 student Amy Betts has just finished her work experience at Bullion Productions – a company set up by ex-student Ross McDowell. Check out the glorious fruits of their labours here:
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