2015 Graduation and Cecil Awards

Last week we said goodbye to another cohort of successful Animation and Visual Effects students at the 2015 Graduation Ceremony at the Princess Pavilions in Falmouth.

Students, staff and families were treated to an entertaining and inspiring graduation speech from the University's new chancellor, Dawn French, before coming onto the stage to shake her hand, get a specially minted chocolate coin with her head on it, and receive their certificates from Course Coordinator Derek Hayes.

Some of our graduates are already well on their way to having successful careers in the animation and visual effects industry. Matteo Veglia flew back from his new production assistant role at Ilion Animation studios in Spain for the occasion. Ilion are currently working on a feature film for Paramount Pictures, but he was sworn to secrecy on the content, so we can't pass that on to you yet! Graduates Harry Bayfield and Jack Madeley have spent the summer working on a film commissioned by Cornwall County Council for children in care, and Harry has been accepted onto the Masters Degree in Creative Advertising at Falmouth University for this coming year. Visual Effects wiz Hamish Ballingall is set to start work at Framestore later this month together with a 2013 graduate Josh Bainbridge (who has now successfully completed his Masters degree in Computer Animation at Bournemouth University).  Lydia Pourmand is currently considering not one but two job offers from the animation and visual effects industries.

Earlier in the summer Falmouth University also saw the return of the most prestigious award ceremony in the show biz calendar, The Cecils. This is the animation and visual effects course's own version of the Oscars (but better).

This year's award line-up included a spectacular array of raw student talent.

The all important prize for fancy dress, awarded by our special guest from the games course Johnny Pope,  went to one of our regular fancy dress contenders Lokki Rayne for her devilishly evil devil costume (Lokki herself is not at all evil  - in fact we think she's really very nice).

There was also a special surprise award this year for Award Leader Mr. Derek Hayes, which was presented by third year student rep. Lydia Pourmand on behalf of the Animation & VFX course team. Don't drink it all at once now Derek!

And this year's grand prize for excellence in animation and VFX, the Skull D'Or, was jointly awarded to student directors Sammy-Jo Tawn for her work on the beautiful stop-motion film Distance, and Rhys Harvey, director of the 3D CGI film Headless, a film about a man who suffers from the unusual affliction of having a detached head.

It has been a joy and a privilege to work with you all. Fly free and soar!


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