One year on from our last BFI Animation Camp, we got back in touch with last years group to see what they were up to now. Here’s what they said…
I’ve recently applied for a job as a writer for an indie game. Time will tell whether I get it or not, but I’ve always been better at talking about ideas, not bringing them into existence.
(pictured: Viridian Kerr)
I just made a short animated film for Channel 4’s Random Acts project. I was using Aardman for the resources when working on the project and through that got a job animating / co-presenting cbbc’s art ninja! I’m currently filming series 3.
(pictured: Ella Trudgeon)
I’m still in education but pursuing film and animation outside of sixth form. I’m involved with Tim Peake’s mission and I am presenting, talking about how I made my animation, showing it and answering questions at the Principia Schools Conference at the University of York in November. My advice to potential applicants is go for it! It’s the experience of a lifetime: you’re surrounded by passionate and like-minded people in an inspirational teaching environment. A must for animation enthusiasts!!
I’m currently on my gap year, planning on applying to uni. I’m making a short film with The Rural Media Company and Maverick Studios, (I can’t say anything else at the moment) I storyboarded, wrote, directed and cast it. Also I got to be involved with the editing process which is awesome. I’ve learnt so much. I’m also working on side projects. Definitely apply if you’re interested, if you’re unsure go for it! I’ve met so many like minded, passionate people who for the week feel like family. I’m still in touch with most of them. The experience is intense but as you’re all there working towards a goal it is a good intense, it’s super motivated and enjoyable! The masterclasses are brilliant and the mentors are so knowledgeable. You feel really supported and there’s no question too stupid or small. The careers advice is genuinely the best I’ve ever received, way better than anything they told me in school. Again it was an amazing experience and if I could do it again I would in a heartbeat.
(pictured: Jack Price and Dougal Sisauri-masters)
Since then I’ve acted in a short film and a fictional youtube web series called Vlogwarts and I am starting year 12. I’m personally shifting more to traditional art training and public speaking-oriented activities like debate and spoken poetry. Even with that, I really recommend that people do it and it is such a satisfying feeling. You also learn so much about how projects work, and do some awesome networking. Everyone is awesome and eccentric and I’m so grateful to have made it on.
Applications are now open for the BFI Animation Camp 2017. If you’re 16-19 and free Saturday 11th to Friday 17th February 2017 APPLY HERE