Animation event aims to join industry and education

22 February 2017

Simon Haslett.

Simon Haslett.

Glasgow Caledonian University’s (GCU) fourth-year animation students will attend a first-of-its-kind event in Edinburgh on February 23.

The Move Summit will focus on bringing the Scottish animation, visual effects and film/TV industries together, allowing students to meet potential employers.

The unique event has been organised in recognition of a desire by further and higher education institutions to work with industry to grow the next generation of animators and visual artists in Scotland.

It is supported by recognised names in the industry such as Interference Pattern, Axis, Heehaw and Whitespace.

Production company MPC will also speak at the event and will be running a special session titled: ‘The Making of Jungle Book’, which will be hosted by GCU lecturer Simon Haslett. The film recently won a BAFTA for its visual effects and is in the running for an Oscar at the weekend.

Simon, a lecturer in visual effects, said: “After considerable effort to help the computer graphics industries and animation/visual effects education sector work more closely together, it’s great to see this unique event come to fruition.

“The Move Summit is precisely focused on bringing together the next generation of talent from the creative animation and media industries, and is the first event of its kind in Scotland. Hopefully it will be the start of a regular conference here.”