Falmouth at the Rebel Unit 2016

Falmouth graduates make an impact at Rebel Unit.

On a balmy summer evening in July ILM (Industrial Light & Magic) opened it's doors to a select and small number of Animation & Visual Effects courses from all over Europe to their Rebel Unit 2016 Graduate Event.

And we're proud to say that Falmouth was one of those lucky enough to get a golden ticket! 2016 graduate Rachel Denton flew the flag for Falmouth only to be met by fellow graduate Ben Langham who had already bagged himself a job with the visual effects giant.

An evening in a nutshell
Meeting & greeting - where else? At the bar...

The evening kicked off at the swanky Soho boutique hotel 'The Ham Yard' with a meet and greet - an opportunity for everyone there to chat with fellow graduates as well as a whole host of visual effects artists and supervisors. The ILM team were most welcoming and chatting to them was inspiring.

David Vickery, Visual Effects Supervisor & Sue Lyster, Director of Studio Operations

A short introduction from David & Sue (above) gave the audience a fascinating insight to the work created by ILM London as well as the company overall. From the early days of Star Wars through to the latest Avengers films everything was on show. Quite simply amazing! Their introduction was light-hearted and inviting and gave a really clear impression of the studio - it's relaxed, fun and professional and that's how they create such great work.

Immediately after their talk the graduates were invited to their interviews. And Rachel was one of those up first. I met up with her immediately afterwards and she told me how it went. Rachel had been interviewed by Sue and was interested to know about Rachel's work, her time at Falmouth and was impressed by the grounding that we give our students in the whole range of things that are needed to bring something to the screen. We also had a chat with David Vickery who echoed Sue's thoughts. He was also impressed with the fact that the course aims to replicate industry pipelines and processes with team working at it's heart.

Visual Effects Supervisor, Roger Guyett


The highlight of the evening was the talk given by legendary Visual Effects Supervisor Roger Guyett. His CV is quite simply a role call of the best films that have graced the silver screen. Not only was Roger the 2nd Unit Director on 'Star Wars - The Force Awakens', but has been responsible for supervising on Pirates of the Caribbean 'At Worlds End' and 'Dead Man's Chest', Mission Impossible 3, Star Wars 'Revenge of the Sith', two of the Harry Potter films amongst many many others. We were taken behind the scenes of 'The Force Awakens' and shown clips never publicly seen before. We saw how whole scenes were created, with storyboards through to wire frames, test renders all the way through to the final shots. His story of the evolution of the little BB8 was insightful and amusing as we were shown the character develop from one of JJ Abram's scribbled sketches through to experiments with puppets and mo-cap to some of the CG models.

Roger chatted for about an hour before we went to a short Q&A session. The first question was "Can you talk for another hour please?" and everyone agreed. I for one could have sat and listened all evening to his stories and an hour was not enough. But as they say, best go out leaving your audience asking for more! For super-fans like myself and Rachel this was a night long to be remembered!

It was an immensely success event and the first of many more we hope. We are proud to have been selected to be there and we are now looking at ways in which ILM London and Falmouth Animation & Visual Effects can work together in the future.

The event also follows on from the successful ILM London 'Star Wars Celebration' earlier in the summer where first year Animation & Visual Effects student Ryan Orgill was invited to come and work with the company for the day. In Ryan's own words it was "awesome and one off the best experiences of my life so far".

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