Animation and Visual Effects in London
/ Schedule

June 28 – July 9
3 Undergraduate Art History Credits
Course number: IPD-2653-A
Tuition: $4,300


Day 1. Sunday, June 28th
Arrival at St. Giles Hotel
Orientation and welcome dinner

Reading assignment: Ch. 1 Out of the Shadows and Ch. 2 Optical Illusions

Day 2. Monday, June 29th
The Mill (fitzrovia)
11-14 Windmill St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2JG
The Mill, Mill Film and Mill+ are VFX and Creative Content studios headquartered in London with studios in NYC, LA, Montreal, India and more. The Mill produces visual effects, moving image, design and digital projects for film, TV, advertising, games and music industries.

Walking tour of Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace

Day 3. Tuesday, June 30th
Framestore (Covent Garden)
28 Chancery Ln, Holborn, London WC2A 1LB
Framestoreis a British visual effects company which formed in London in 1986. The company works across several different areas of the media: feature films, commercials, music videos, feature animation and digital with studios in NYC, Montreal, Chicago, LA and India.

Conversation of Ch. 1 & 2
Reading Assignment Ch. 3 Models and Ch. 4 Animation

Day 4. Wednesday, July 1st

Shelley Page, Guest Speaker
Shelley has been working in the field of feature animation since 1986. She has credits on over 20 films to date, including “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”, “Shrek 1-4”, “Shark Tale”, “Madagascar”, “Kung Fu Panda”, and “How to Train Your Dragon”. Her career in animation began when she worked in London with legendary animation director Richard Williams. From 1987 she served as head of backgrounds on the Walt Disney film “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”. in 1989 she became head of backgrounds at Steven Spielberg’s Amblimation Studio. In 1995 she moved to Los Angeles as one of the first team of artists to join Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen’s new studio, DreamWorks Animation as co-head of Artist Development.

Day 5. Thursday, July 2nd
Golden Wolf (Old Street)
13-19 Bevenden St, Hoxton, London N1 6AS
Golden Wolf was founded in London in 2013 and has opened an office in NYC too. They create content for TV, music videos and Advertising.  Their work with Adult Swim and Disney has been Emmy nominated.

Tate Modern- Drawing on location
Reading Assignment: Chapter 5 Matte Painting and Chapter 7 Physical Effects

Day 6. Friday, July 3rd
Industrial Light and Magic (Holborn)
84 Theobalds Rd, Holborn, London WC1X 8NL
Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) is an American motion picture visual effects founded by filmmaker George Lucas and is a division of the film production company Lucasfilm. The studio works across film, TV, and emerging technologies from studios in San Francisco, Singapore, Vancouver, London and Sydney.

Institute of Contemporary Arts and St. James’s Park

Day 7 and 8. Saturday and Sunday, July 4th and 5th
Weekend off
Optional excursion to Paris

Day 9.Monday, July 6th
Day Trip to Bristol
Aardman Animation Studio. Their award-winning work produces a unique brand of independent film alongside work for broadcast and advertising spots. The studio has had ten Oscar nominations, and has won four.

Day 10. Tuesday, July 7th
Moving Picture Company (Leicester Square) 127 Wardour St, Soho, London W1F 0NL

The Moving Picture Company began in London in 1970 and now has two divisions, MPC and MPC Film, creating VFX and Animation content for advertising, film and television from studios all over the world, including NYC, Amsterdam, Bangalore, Paris, Shanghai and more.

Drawing on location – Victoria and Albert Museum

Day 11. Wednesday, July 8th
Film Screening and final discussion
Farewell Dinner

Day 12. Thursday, July 9th

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