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Arts University Bournemouth – 'Building the Bridge' between Education and Industry

Ten graduates from the Arts University Bournemouth’s (AUB) BA Animation Production and BA Film Production courses have worked on Alfonso Cuarón’s BAFTA winning blockbuster space thriller, Gravity.

The film was nominated for 11 BAFTA awards, winning six, including best Special Visual Effects and Cinematography. In addition, Gravity has 10 Oscar nominations so there is definitely more noise awaiting this pioneering movie.

Work on the film was led by world-leading visual effects (VFX) company, Framestore, who’s satellite VFX studio is based in the Enterprise Pavilion on the Arts University Bournemouth campus. Much of the film is photo-real CGI, with the only real elements often just Sandra Bullock and George Clooney’s faces. In his acceptance speech Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity Cinematographer thanked “All Framestore nerds for making this adventure possible”.

Graduates from the Arts University were recruited by Framestore to work on the paint, roto and tracking for the film. This unique education-industry partnership enables talented graduates to gain a foothold in the competitive world of film VFX and ultimately make a significant contribution to the establishment of the UK as an international leader in the creative industries.

The Arts University, with Framestore, is strengthening this innovative partnership by building a bridge between industry and education. With funding from The Higher Education Funding Council for England, The Arts University and a range of industry partners, including Aardman Animation and Nexus Production are establishing a graduate talent pipeline, providing specialist training to those already in the industry and enabling academics and industry practitioners to exchange ideas.

The Project, named Building the Bridge, is part of an initiative with The National Centre for Computer Animation that aims to establish Bournemouth as a centre of excellence for visual effects and animation. The partnership will enable students and graduates to have the support of world-class professionals while making the transition between academic study and a commercial working environment.

This continues to enhance AUB’s excellence reputation in educating graduates ready for work, which includes a 96.4% employment rate and a number of recent Alumni successes. The Film Production course is part of the well-established Bournemouth Film School with recent graduates working on such productions as ‘Hurt Locker’, ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Special Relationship’, ‘Sherlock Holmes’, working with Paul Watson on a BBC documentary and a host of BBC dramas. Other graduates are employed at companies such as Dreamworks and King Rollo.

Lars Erik Eriksen, a Norwegian alumnus who worked as a Paint & Roto artist on the film, said: Being involved in a film that has won 6 BAFTA Awards including Visual Effects is an absolutely amazing feeling. It is a feeling that inspires me to work harder than ever in this tough but wonderful industry. And getting to work alongside some of my fellow AUB Alumni directly after graduating just goes to show what can be done when people like Jon Turner (Framestore) is allowed to run with their ideas. This is something I could only have dreamed about when studying at the AUB. During my last year I was doing more and more VFX related work so when I heard Framestore were setting up an outpost on campus I had to jump at the amazing opportunity. It was the steepest learning curve I’ve ever had and such an amazing opportunity to be working on a Hollywood movie right on [the] AUB campus”.

In an era when it is sometimes claimed graduates do to not have the required skills for industry, AUB consistently proves otherwise. Our creative, single campus community with onsite businesses provide students with the experience required to accompany the knowledge and skills learnt on our courses.

If you wish to find out more about the Arts University Bournemouth, the BA Animation Production and BA Film Production courses or other course we offer, please visit our website at www.aub.ac.uk or contact the international office.

Email: international@aub.ac.uk

Tel: +44 1202 363233

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An ITV News video regarding our graduates work on Gravity can be seen at http://vimeo.com/85326908.

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