Q & A with Animation Graduate: Samuel Walsh

We’ve caught up with animation graduate, Samuel Walsh, to find out how his career has taken off...

Q. What degree did you study with us and when did you graduate?

When I think back, it’s been over a decade since I’ve received my BA (Hons) in Animation from the University of Wolverhampton in 2005. I remember submitting projects on VHS tape and a world before YouTube.

Q. What did you do after graduation?

Immediately after graduation I was part of an animation residency at the Lighthouse Media Centre which helped recent graduates produce a short film for the festival circuit. Since the course, I have been very lucky to get the chance to study at The National Film and Television school and receive my masters in 2012.

Q. What is your current job and what’s the best part of your job?

I currently work in the Visual Effects industry in London and my role is best described as a Generalist, which basically allows me to occupy various roles without getting tied in any one discipline. Working closely with supervisors and directors is the most rewarding aspect of my work.

Q. What, for you, was the best part of studying at Wolverhampton? How did studying at the University of Wolverhampton either help you to gain this job – or how have your studies benefitted you in your day-to-day role?

The course was essentially a chance to experience animation, dedicate three years to it and build a solid foundation while trying as many forms and techniques as possible. A good description of the course would be ‘academically creative’, a blend between theory and practise.

Q. What’s next for you?

The future will hopefully include more of the same, working with talented people from across the globe, continuing to develop new skills and being part of a collaborative process that is film making.

To find out more about BA (Hons) Animation, see here: http://bit.ly/1Qb63vY

Check out some of Samuel’s amazing work and website here: www.samuelwalsh.co.uk

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