STAFF

Animation is a very vocational skill, but we also recognise that it can be a sophisticated art form. Our course supports all forms and formats of production:

  • Staff all have industry experience and a range of creative specialisms – from stop frame animation, to documentaries and graphic novels.
  • Contact time with tutors is a priority, so we keep our class sizes small, and give you the attention that you need to make the most interesting projects possible.
  • We bring the industry into the classroom with live projects and competitions – we know that there is nothing better than seeing your work in the real world.

Stephen Ryley – Course Leader

“The real fun starts when you step outside your comfort zone.” 
 
Stephen has years of experience as a lecturer – his bootcamps in the first year of your studies are an intense and fun introduction to your career as an artist and filmmaker.

Animation technician – new appointment

We are very fortunate to have a rare animal on our team – a full time, dedicated Animation Technician!

Something needs fixing, connecting, making, or breaking in an interesting way?  – he is here to help you.



Robert Morgan – Stop Motion

Animating a puppet and bringing it to life is quite a magical experience. It’s like being Victor Frankenstein: “It’s ALIVE!”

Robert Morgan is a multi award winning filmmaker. At the tender age of three, he developed a passion for cinema when he saw Fiend Without A Face (1958) – as a result, he became a weird kid obsessed with monsters and the things that hide under rocks.

He recently finished making a new short film, and is now developing various feature length projects.



Ron MacRae – Visual Narrative

“The best animation can make the strange seem familiar, and the familiar appear strange.”

Ron has worked on many classic British animated shorts; like Pleasures of War (Ruth Lingford), Abductees (Paul Vester), and A is for Autism (Tim Webb).  He’s a master of visual narrative, and will encourage you to venture way beyond the obvious in your own films.

Tereza Stehlíková – Research and Documentary

Tereza is an artist working in primarily in moving image. She holds a PhD from the Royal College of Art.

She is currently engaged in a cross-disciplinary research, exploring how moving image can be used to capture and communicate multi-sensory experience and embodied memory.

Julie Innes – Digital Animation

“Our screens rely on animation to bring them life – a career in animation puts you at the creative front of a fast expanding industry.  Films, games, graphics, apps – be a content maker.”

Julie has a background in Fine Arts, and worked for several years in documentary film.  She then worked as a freelancer making animated graphics for broadcast television – BBC and SKY 1.  She has also published academic research papers about virtual worlds: from paper theatres to VR.

She is currently working on her first graphic novel.

Hotessa Laurence – Animation and Drawing

“Animation is the art of the impossible. Imagining absolutely anything, no matter how incredible and making it real.”

A filmmaker and illustrator with more than 18 years experience, Tess was a co-founder and director of ‘Belzebu Films’ before moving her company to ‘Bermuda Shorts’.  She now currently works as a freelance director and illustrator.

Sylvie Bringas – Animated Documentary

‘Animation teaches you patience, self-control and the ability to adapt to a constantly changing situation. It is Kung Fu with a pencil.’

Sylvie has directed and produced many award winning animation films, for Channel Four, S4C, the Arts Council of England and the BBC.  She makes documentary films,teaches animation at universities in Nigeria, and lectures at the Royal College of Art.

Facilities

Westminster has a great range of facilities – lots of studio access and contact time with tutors. We make good use of the green screen studio, sounding recording facilities, multi skills workshop – and of course the Emerging Media Space.

Dimitar does a Ted Talk!

Right after graduating in 2012 from the Westminster Animation course, Dimitar Petrov developed the first animated series based on folktales from the Balkans, the Golden Apple. We are so happy that he made it happen!
Here is an interview about his project.

He also recently talked about it on Ted Talk.
The talk is in Bulgarian… Must get subtitles!

Degree Show 2017

There was magic in the air last night! Congratulations to all our students for an amazing show at the Regent Street Cinema.
The films were phenomenal and it was wonderful to see so many names on the credits. You have all supported each other and we are certain will continue to support one another in the future.
Emotions ran high in the bar after the show, and it was great to hear how much you have enjoyed the course. We will miss you all, but we look forward to hearing all about your future successes too! Stay in touch!

What do I bring?

The interview is just a chance for us to find out about your interests, and for you to meet our team.  Don’t worry if you do not have an overflowing portfolio.  We understand that you may still be working on final projects at college  or school.   Of course we want to see your work, but most of all we just want to meet you.  Bring anything that you think will help us to understand your interests.

This might include:
Drawings, paintings or photographs
Screen based work: web design, graphics, videos etc.
Music or audio work
Costumes
Puppets and models

Just choose a few of your favourite things and bring them along.  Even if your dog has eaten all your work, come and meet us – we can always view your work online later!

What happens?

The interview is really a short tour and a chat – it takes a couple of hours.  Here’s a basic outline of what to expect:

  • We interview people in small groups – this takes the pressure off a bit, and is a great chance to meet your potential future colleagues.
  • When you arrive at the University you will come to the Animation Studios where we will say hello, and give you a small questionnaire to keep you busy.
  • You will then be given a guided tour of our wide ranging facilities, so you can see what we have to offer you.
  • The course leader will explain the structure and ethos of the course – this is a great time for you to ask questions too.
  • You will also have a one to one interview with one of the animation lecturers.  This is when you get to show us your work, and tell us why you want to study animation.  Its a an informal chat – just a chance for us to understand your individual skills and needs.

What questions will you ask?

The actual interview is not that formal – there are no set questions really, but here are some typical things that we might discuss.  Just think about them to help you feel prepared:

  • Why do you want to study animation?
  • Can you tell us about your favourite animators / illustrators?
  • What films, books, artists do you like – and why?
  • What subject matter interests you – what do you want to make films about?
  • What type of animation interests you? e.g. digital, 3D, stop-motion, graphics, games, special effects?
  • What do you think your strengths are?
  • Do you have any questions for us?

Remember there are no right or wrong answers to these questions – we are all individuals – it just might make you feel more relaxed if you have thought about these things before you come.