NUA Students Collaborate With Glyndebourne Opera and Theatre Royal Norwich

Film by Eszter Sandor, Valentina Huckova and Grace Maller.

Film by Eszter Sandor, Valentina Huckova and Grace Maller.

Students from the BA (Hons) Animation and BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production courses were recently inspired to create work that captures the heady and bewitching nature of Glyndebourne Opera in an exciting collaboration.

Animation course leader Peter Martin explained that the project was a fantastic opportunity for students to work on a live brief with collaborative partners at the Norwich Theatre Royal and Glyndebourne Opera: “Animation and Film students travelled to Glyndebourne for a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of this world-renowned opera company, which has years of history and tradition but is also very welcoming to a new generation of theatre-goer. Observing a full rehearsal was an insight into the commitment to the highest production values at Glyndebourne; experiment and risk is encouraged as part of the teaching at NUA that students are familiar with, so to see the rigour of this with a whole opera company was an inspirational experience.

Film by Madeleine Caulfield and Chloe Cameron-Hughes.

Film by Madeleine Caulfield and Chloe Cameron-Hughes.

The brief set by the Glyndebourne and Theatre Royal teams was for the students to translate their experience of Glyndebourne into their creative practice, with the completed films exhibited in the front-of-house spaces whilst the Glyndebourne tour was in Norwich.

The work was a fast turnaround, with pitching, production and responding to feedback occurring over approximately a one-month period, no small feat for animators. The projects ranged from digital drawn 2D to mixed-media collage including video, film, photography and CG elements being composited to create a vast range of responses to the magical operatic experience that Glyndebourne offers.”

Film by Öykü Baskin, Jenny Hon and Audrey Mingo Gallego.

Film by Öykü Baskin, Jenny Hon and Audrey Mingo Gallego.

NUA Graduate Films Screened at Latitude Festival

The 12 Principles - by Haydn Spencer

The 12 Principles - by Haydn Spencer

Our latest Graduate showreel and student showcase films were premiered this weekend as part of Latitude Festival in Suffolk.

Introduced by lecturer Helen Piercy, the films were screened to an excited audience in the Inbetweeners Cinema tent. The films had a great reception and the audience were keen to find out more about how the films were produced during the Q&A. 

Latitude Festival (image: Sarah Koury)

Latitude Festival (image: Sarah Koury)

Graduate set to work on Shaun the Sheep 2!

 

Kaitlin Folland, who has just completed her final year of her BA Animation degree at NUA, will spend three weeks working at the Bristol-based animation studio which is also behind the likes of Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run and the original Shaun the Sheep movie and television series.

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After sending in a showreel of her work to Aardman Animations, she was one of six people picked nationwide for the placement opportunity and starts on July 16.

Kaitlin, who specialises in stop motion animation, said: “I am ecstatic, I am so excited just to be a part of it.

When asked about her hopes for further into the future, Kaitlin, who is originally from Plymouth, said: “I just really want to improve my productions and get better at what I want to do.

“I have got a few projects I want to do and cannot wait to get started.”

See more of Kaitlin's work here: http://kfolland.uk

GRADUATE ELLIOT STRONZA FEATURED ON CHANNEL 4'S AMINORMAL?

Elliot Stronza. Image source: aminormal.channel4.com

Elliot Stronza. Image source: aminormal.channel4.com

Graduate Elliot Stronza is featured on Channel 4's Am I Normal website.

Am I Normal is a "bold new project from Channel 4 that aims to explore the meaning of 'normal'".

During his third year Elliot created his film 'Comfort Zone' as a way to explore his social anxieties as a result of living Asperger's Syndrome.

Read his interview 'Life with Asperger's Syndrome' here.

TIM BURTON PROJECTIONS @ CINEMA CITY

Animated loop by Eszter Sandor.

Animated loop by Eszter Sandor.

Our second and third year Animators were invited to contribute to an animated projection in Cinema City's cafe to coincide with the screening of Beetlejuice for Halloween. Cinema City is a local arthouse Cinema and is part of the prestigous Picturehouse Cinemas.

HELEN JOINS ANIMATED WOMEN UK AS DIRECTOR OF ANIMATION

Helen Piercy Animation Lecturer at NUA Animation

Lecturer Helen Piercy is excited to announce that she will be joining Animated Women UK as Director of Education.

Helen says "AWUK aims to support women in the Animation or VFX industry. A brilliant team and network that I am very proud to be part of!"

"Part of my role will involve outreach across university/ student groups and the researching the contemporary and historical roles and perspectives of women in animation and VFX."

Find out more about AWUK (and how to join as a member) here: www.animatedwomenuk.com