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!
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.
Natasza Cetner’s first-year film – Dreamcaught – has been selected for Animaze, the Montreal International Animation Film Festival, in the student competition. Here’s a little taster of her film…
Now Natasza is celebrating more success: “The Three Tales from Alexandria” has been chosen for Puerto Madero International Film Festival (August Edition) in Buenos Aires and that “Dreamcaught” received “Special Mention” at XII Festival Internacional Buñuel – Calanda!
At Westminster are very proud with our connection with the Regent Street Cinema and we are also proud of our connection with the British Animation Awards.
Today, 26th January, Regent Street Cinema will be screening the 1st round of the BAA: Public Choice awards, your chance to vote for your favourite animations!
The 2nd and 3rd rounds will be on screened in the following weeks, get your tickets here! It’s a great chance to be inspired by some amazing animations which you can’t watch online, and meet those in the industry.
Our lucky animation students get a intimate sneak peek, as the films will be screened right here on the 5th February at our Harrow Campus!
Dimitris’s wonderful graduation film has a fantastic review on the Directors Notes website.
After being shortlisted at BAA, Amalie’s film Gutenberg was in competition at the Glasgow Short Film Festival and is currently available to watch on the Disney channel.
Gutenberg has also been selected for the Spring Official Selection at The American Online Film Awards 2014. We wish Amalie all the best!
Congratulations to Gervais, his film ‘Buy Buy Baby’ won best film in the Public Choice category at the British Animation Awards last week.
Our students are wallowing in animation at Klik 2017. What’s not to like? The best internationally celebrated animation, great company, inspiring workshops, mingling with the industry – oh and Amsterdam of course!
Sanz Dangol is having great success with his 2nd year film in the festivals. His documentary “Death and Exposure” has already won awards! Its a beautiful film, but if you want to see you you are going to have to travel. “Death and Exposure” is showing internationally at:
World Fest Fest – 2nd Prize in FEST.FICTION selections. Cuneo, Italy (2017)
Short of the Year – Special Jury Mention. Madrid, Spain (2017)
Florida Animation Festival – Stop motion Honorable Mention. Florida, USA (2017)
Anima-São Festival – Selection. Sao Paulo, Brazil (2017)
Ivelina’s film “Silent London” has been chosen for the Independent Short Film competition at Exground Filmfest, and she has been asked to stay as a guest of the festival to present her film in November! Its an amazing opportunity, and well deserved. We love your films Ivelina – something tells me this is just the beginning…
Our new showreel has arrived – thanks for all your great work!
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!
Natasza Cetner is already celebrating festival success with her graduation film! “Nero” has been nominated for the film of the month at Puerto Madero International Film Festival 2017 – I am sure this is just the beginning.
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!
Natasza Cetner, Cecilia Corzo and Maria Piva have all been offered places on the Animation MA at the Royal College of Art! You beat stiff competition for those places, and that’s not easy, but we know you all deserve the opportunity. Have fun – can’t wait to see what you do next!
Not only was our Shaun voted “Favourite Lecturer” at Westminster University last year, but he is also running extra workshops at the Regent Street Cinema on the weekends!
His three day workshops for University of Westminster Outreach, were a great success, and they made the most of the cinema venue. They filmed and projected animation, and the students performed with their animated characters, “its Winsor McCay and Gertie the Dinosaur but done in 2017 by 15 yr olds. We also did Harry Potter style moving portraits, animated letters like a dot matrix sign with the students in cinema seats instead of dots. Lots of pixellation.”
Our students acted as paid assistants – good teaching experience and great on a CV.
Keep checking in if you want to be part of the next Outreach programme.
Our students have had great success at the Athens Animfest 2017. Natasha, Jude, Ivelina and Constantinos have all had films for the festival this year – might be worth a trip to Athens!