Pixar animator in Media Frenzy

June 28, 2011

Former Pixar animator and Murdoch University lecturer Simon Allen will officially open a media production course for students in years 10, 11 and 12 in the first week of the July school holidays.

Media Frenzy, which will be held at Murdoch University from July 11-15, will give high school students interested in media a closer look into the areas of journalism, public relations, radio, games art and sound. Mr Allen and other industry professionals will share their diverse working backgrounds with students.

Mr Allen, who has more than 20 years' experience in the film and games industry said he was looking forward to encouraging students to fulfill their dreams.

"Animating has allowed me to travel the world while learning from some of the best artists and it never feels like work to me. I can't wait to get to work in the morning, it never gets tiring. If this course helps you explore your dreams as I did, then it's worth enrolling, he said.

Mr Allen has worked on five of Pixar's Academy Award winning animated feature films – Ratatouille, Wall-E, UP, Cars 2 and Toy Story 3. He has also worked on 16 feature films including The Matrix: Revolutions and Constantine and on the Academy Award winning movie, Happy Feet.

Media Frenzy will run two sessions each day from 9am-12noon and 1pm-3.30pm. Students can select which sessions to attend. Students enrolled in years 10, 11 or 12 are encouraged to register by emailing a.biddiscombe@murdoch.edu.au

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