Students get the Bond effect

05 November 2015

Steve Begg on campus

Steve Begg on campus

Eighty students from GCU’s School of Engineering and Built Environment were left shaken and stirred when James Bond special effects supervisor Steve Begg visited the campus. 

Fresh from his work on the latest Bond movie SPECTRE, Steve delivered a keynote address that provided an overview of his industry work, which has included model making on Thunderbirds and computer generated images (CGI) and visual effects on movies such as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Batman Begins, Skyfall and Kingsman

The students, studying 3D Computer Animation, Computer Games (Art and Animation) and MA 3D Design for Virtual Environments, were participating in a day held at GCU’s Glasgow campus which was dedicated to exploring insights and employment opportunities in the industry. 

Also present as a guest speaker was Christian Guthrie, Global Recruiter at MPC, one of the industry’s largest visual effects studios. He talked to students about how to apply for employment, tips on showreels and CVs, and internships and opportunities within the company. 

Tom Bryant, Director of Edinburgh-based animation studio Interference Pattern, also spoke on the day. Tom demonstrated a range of projects completed by his studio, discussing the skillsets and time constraints required, in order to give students a feel for tight Industry production schedules and budgets. 

Third and fourth-year students then presented their work for critique by the industry guests, which ranged from concept art to 3D models. 

Staff also engaged with industry professionals to discuss how GCU’s programmes could further align with industry to provide greater employment options for graduates. 

Simon Kennedy, a third-year 3D Computer Animation student, said:  “The day was incredibly insightful and it’s comforting to know that industry values graduates the way they do. I’m really glad I attended and Steve Begg has the best job in the world in my opinion.” 

Stevie Anderson, Lecturer, Department of Computing, Communication and Information Systems, said: “It is fantastic that industry professionals take time from their hectic schedules to speak to our students and help get them enthused about their subject area. I also have to thank Module Leader Simon Haslett for reaching out to industry contacts to help make the day such a success.”