Top animator breathes life into student creations September 18, 2013 A group of gifted high school students have flexed their creative talents at a two-day workshop held at Murdoch University. Simon Allen with Melville SHS student Cariel Albarracin Led by world-renowned 3D animator Simon Allen, the Year 8 students learned the fundamentals of the craft, something usually taught to much older students. “We took the 3D monsters they had been building in class and composited them into a live action film using high-end software,” he said. “We had the students run through the university and animated the monsters chasing after them.” The group of 20 Melville Senior High School students also designed concept art in Murdoch’s Cintiqu Lab. A Cintiqu is a monitor designed to allow an artist to paint directly onto the screen. “Instead of using a piece of paper to draw onto, we use a special pen that is registered to the monitor, so the screen becomes the canvas,” Mr Allen said. Simon Allen has more than 20 years’ experience in the film and games industry working for Pixar, Weta Digital and LucasArts, among others. His work has featured in a number of Academy Award-winning productions, including Ratatouille, Wall-E, UP, Toy Story 3, Happy Feet and Brave. He currently lectures in 3D Animation and Conceptual Design at Murdoch University. “Melville Senior High School has an amazing arts and media program, which can help students kick start a creative career,” he said. “We’re always keen to have talented art students come to Murdoch University to learn how to create art at industry level.” Print This Post Media contact: Candice Barnes Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Teaching and Learning, Future Students, International students, Schools, School of Arts Tags: 3d animation, cintiqu, melville senior high school, murdoch university, simon allen Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!