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Visual effects students from throughout the UK are being connected with professionals from some of the industry’s leading VFX companies through an online coaching programme thanks to Skillset.
The 30-week programme by CGCoach.com is connecting students with top talent from international companies such as Double Negative, Moving Picture Company and Animal Logic, giving them guidance and insight into what it takes to forge a successful career in the industry. The Skillset-funded programme kicked off in September.
The 65 students, who were put forward by their course leaders to enable them to progress with specialist work, come from the Skillset Media Academies at Ravensbourne, Glamorgan, Falmouth, Arts University College at Bournemouth, and Teesside University.
All coaching will take place online using Conceptshare, an advanced Flash-based toolset that enables participants to receive online feedback on their visual assets and project plans with an intuitive interface and the ability to make graphic annotations and comments on individual frames - allowing pinpoint detail from the VFX professionals.
Alwyn Hunt, co-founder at CGCoach.com, said: “Even though it is an integral part of working in VFX, Many students are not confident sharing their work and accepting constructive criticism. This programme will allow students to become familiar with presenting their work frequently to an audience which includes both peers and mentors.”
Skillset’s head of development, Saint John Walker, said: "CGCoach gives these students the chance to attune their work to professional standards, no matter how geographically distant they are from the VFX companies in Soho. This programme will help the UK to foster top talent and give our industry an edge over the international competition.”