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.”

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