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Media students inspired
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Creativity was the order of the day for students studying on the Extended Diploma in Interactive Media and Media courses at Pembrokeshire College during a recent trip to the £14m ALEX design exchange in Swansea.
Part of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David's renowned Faculty of Art and Design, on arrival students were shown to the conference room, a grand round room from a bygone era which Whovians would recognise as the room from the episode ‘Silence in the Library’, and start checking the shadows!
After a brief introduction and short showreel from the Head of School, Dr Paul Hazel, students got to hear from guest speaker Henry Bull of visual effects company Double Negative (Dneg). Recent winners of the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects on Interstellar their previous work includes: Inception, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and Godzilla to name just a few. Henry's presentation focused on the many and varied jobs within a visual effects company, from pure creative work like concept artist through to purely technical roles like software developers really opening students’ eyes to the variety of roles available within the industry. Henry also went through some of the processes used in a VFX company from concept drawing to final product. This was followed by a short talk from two current students and the work they have been doing out in industry both through volunteering and paid employment.
After lunch students had a choice of practical workshop sessions allowing them to try their hand at a mixture of techniques including VFX, MoCap, Foley or Green Screen Filming.
Matthew Bevans was one of the students to take part in the trip and commented: “The talks from Double Negative really opened my eyes to the positions and jobs that are available in the VFX industry. I had always considered a career in animation but I now have a wider range of areas to look at. The workshops were very informative and have given me lots of thoughts on what to do after I finish this course.”
Fellow student, Lewis Evans added: “I enjoyed the experience at Swansea University as it showed me courses I had never previously considered. The presentation by the Dneg representative was very interesting, and really made me want to think about going for a VFX career. The building was really well kept and smart, making the university look very appealing. I wasn't sure if I wanted to go to university after college, but I'm giving it some serious thought.”
To find out more about media courses at the College go to: pembs.ac.uk/courses