Nerve Centre Film Student Takes Place at BFI Animation Academy in London

Nerve Centre Film Student Takes Place at BFI Animation Academy in London

A dream career in animation is one step closer for an 18 year-old St Columb’s College student from Derry~Londonderry. Edward Boyle, a keen animator and Moving Image Arts student has been accepted on to the prestigious BFI Film Academy Animation Residential in London in February.
 
Currently attending the weekly BFI Film Academy at the Nerve Centre, Edward combines his studies at St Columb’s College with his BFI Academy training at the Nerve Centre, as well as a weekend job in the Brunswick Moviebowl all in the hope of one day becoming an animator with a top Hollywood studio.
 
'I’ve always loved animated film. My Mum says that the only thing I would watch when I was younger was the Toy Story films and I’ve been fascinated with animation ever since.  I couldn’t believe people actually got paid to do this as a career'.
 
A self-taught animator, Edward is currently studying for an A-Level in Moving Image Arts using animation for his film tasks.  The specialist BFI Academy residential in animation, available to students through the BFI Academy network offers an intensive week of training in stop-motion and computer-based animation with a programme of master-classes from practicing professionals. Working as part of a team, Edward will help produce five animated shorts that will be screened at a local cinema. It’s an opportunity he’s been preparing for from a young age:
 
'I taught myself stop motion animation growing up, starting out with Lego figures before moving on to create my own apertures and building figures from there. For one of my MIA films in school, I created a metal robot, which was really challenging. This year I’m currently working on a crow figure for my film which is more difficult again in terms of studying and getting the movement right, so I hope this residential helps me with that'.
 
The BFI Film Academy at the Nerve Centre is currently working with 24 local MIA students over 18 weeks to develop skills in all areas of filmmaking from script to screen. Students will produce three short films by the end of the programme. A series of masterclasses and workshops with a focus on a range of film disciplines including producing, directing, cinematography, sound and editing also forms part of the course. Edward is finding the course challenging but rewarding:
 
'A course like this is brilliant for someone like me as it gives you so much more opportunity to really get hands on experience in filmmaking as well as learning through masterclasses. Mark McCauley was in last week for Cinematography and it was brilliant to understand the meaning behind choices made when composing shots as well as hearing an industry professional telling you what the business is actually like rather than a teacher telling you what it could be like'.
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