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Animation and special effects talent honoured in BFX awards
BOURNEMOUTH’S status as a hotbed of talent in the animation and special effects industry was presented at an awards bash.
The BFX Competition Awards Ceremony saw a shortlist of 10 teams having their 30 second films shown following a six-week course held to develop talent this summer.
Peter Truckel, director of the VFX Hub at Bournemouth University, told a gathering of industry experts and students how 50 per cent of graduates entering special effects and animation jobs in London’s Soho come from the university.
And Stephen Jukes, dean of the Media School, said they were trying to bring higher education and the industry closer, hoping to “inspire and foster talent”.
“We want to celebrate and promote Bournemouth and the conurbation and its growing role in the industry. A lot of the industry is beginning to set up here,” he said.
The awards ceremony was held at the Wallisdown campus as part of the Daily Echo-backed BFX film festival.
Some teams and students were also invited from other universities and the films were played before the winners of the 15 categories were announced.
The team Poseidon, made up of Bournemouth University students, won the best film prize sponsored by Total Film magazine.
They also won the best character and best rendering prizes. The Blonde Rangers team, made up of students from Bournemouth University, Arts University Bournemouth and Edinburgh University, took four awards.
The ceremony was finished off with a lifetime achievement award for Barry JC Purves, whose work includes The Wind in the Willows, Dangermouse, Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks and Peter Jackson’s King Kong.
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