Pixar animator to visit University!

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AN ANIMATION guru will share his experience of working at Pixar at the University of Bedfordshire this week.

Louis Clichy, who worked on Pixar’s classic Wall-E, will speak at the M1 Animation Network event on Friday, 1 February at the Luton Campus Centre.

He will also share his knowledge through daytime storyboard workshops for wannabe animators.

Louis, who is also co-director of the upcoming Asterix film, will talk about pre-production and narrative in short and feature length animation.

Pixar was born when Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs bought the Computer Graphics Division from George Lucas in 1986, establishing an independent company.

The Californian studio has been behind much loved films like Toy Story, Monsters Inc. and Finding Nemo.

The new Postgraduate and Continued Professional Development building will also become a screen on which work by the University’s Animation students will be projected.

The M1 Animation Network has been developing links between animation enterprises on and around the M1 corridor for three years, from North London to Milton Keynes and Northampton, enabling current Animation students and alumni to rub shoulders with professionals from the animation industry, sharing advice and contacts.

Students from the Animation and Illustration courses at the University will also get the chance to show off their work in an exhibition in the Gallery Space of the Campus Centre.

BA (Hons) Animation Course Leader Mark Collington said: “Alongside a high profile industry speaker, this is an exciting opportunity for local schools and businesses to see the professional quality of work being produced in the local region by undergraduates; and how the University and Luton can become synonymous with creative innovation.”

The event runs from 6.30pm to 9.30pm and is open to everyone – for more information, visit the Department of Art and Design’s blog, We Create Together!

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