Do It For Real is Confetti’s mantra. It means enriching education with unique and exclusive real life experiences.
Our students learning from home hasn’t stopped us from ensuring they get the Do It For Real experience. This month Confetti students had the chance to virtually meet two amazing guest speakers.
Tim Allen is a stop motion animator and was the key animator on Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, Frankenweenie, Chuck Steel, Corpse Bride, Shaun the Sheep and more.
Tim talked about many of his own personal projects, such as his work on Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride and Wes Andersons’s Fantastic Mr Fox. He also touched on what it’s really like to work with top producers in the industry.
Alex, a first-year VFX student really enjoyed the session:
“I found Tim Allen very interesting to listen to and to see some of his work was amazing. It made me realise how time consuming being a stop motion animator can be. You need a lot of patience, for example, 18-20 shots just placing something in a box and crawling around on your hands and knees on set was very much a part of it. It can be a very tedious job. When I was about nine years old, I had a go at making stop motion videos for fun, they were very basic but very time consuming for me so I get how frustrating scenes can be for the animator. However, I think the reward at the end is worth it.”
Michael Morgan is a 3D Animator and has worked on projects such as the animated TV series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars to animating Groot and Rocket the Raccoon, Black Panther, Venom, to Leading Animation on Disney’s Artemis Fowl.
Michael spoke about his interest in animals and creatures within VFX animation and how he had to study the movement closely to ensure they looked realistic. He enlightened students with his experiences of travelling with his career from London to Singapore, Germany, Canada and New Zealand.
Alex again let us know his thoughts on the session:
“It was interesting to listen to Michael, and experience his talent. It was especially interesting and reassuring to hear the fact that you don’t have to be fantastic at drawing people to be an animator, you just need to know the anatomy of a person. This has inspired me to set myself a new goal to watch more film, especially films with VFX and animation”.
We were so lucky to have these two industry legends join us and talk to our students – thanks, Tim and Michael!
It wasn’t just our Media and Games students doing it for real, second year Music Performance student SMOORIBA has just been awarded BBC Introducing Track of the Week on BBC Radio Nottingham. You can check out her songs here.