EDA students display end of year show at Framestore

Students studying the MSc Computer Animation and MSc Digital Visual Effects from the School of Engineering and Digital Arts (EDA) exhibited their end of year show reels at Framestore in London on Friday 9th September 2011.
The students and their guests assembled to showcase original animations and computer-generated content on the big screen before retiring to the bar for a drink and some serious networking with film industry contacts. Recruiters from many big players in computer animation and visual effects in Soho, such as Double Negative, The Moving Picture Company, The Mill and so on were in attendance and expressed interest in quite a few students’ work.
Framestore is the largest visual effect and computer animation studio in Europe and already employs several graduates from EDA.
Showreels included animation projects by Dariusz Szczurasek showing astonishingly accomplished animation of humans and dinosaurs, Tom Stocker Wright with some spot-on classic character animation, and a startling Benjamin Button style photo real effects project by Chuan Wang where a man ages fifty years before your eyes. Another arresting project was a full pop video with cg backgrounds and elements for up and coming band Broken Links produced by a team of effects students led by Sam Frewer.
The Masters courses, taught by David Byers-Brown are entirely orientated towards the current feature film and tv animation and effects industries in the UK and internationally. David commented that “ It’s gratifying that both the studios and our former students comment every year on how much more sophisticated and accomplished every new batch of graduates from our courses seem to be. It’s a very competitive field and you can never be too good in it.” Professor Sarah Spurgeon, Head of School, added ‘Our very successful animation and visual effects programmes are excellent exemplars of the School’s commitment to ensuring our graduates are optimally positioned for careers in the professions’.