19 March 2015

Meet the Alumni – Julie Prickett

By Cassio | Categorised in Alumni Interviews

Our Meet the Alumni series is designed to give you an insight into what our recent graduates are up to and their experience at the Met Film School. 

This week we meet Julie Prickett who studied One-Year Visual Effects & Animation.
Why did you choose your course at the Met Film School?
I was looking for a course that combined both visual effects and animation and also one that had a practical and vocational focus – all of which I found at Met Film School. In addition, the course was structured so that technically it provided you with exposure to different pipelines and various software programmes ensuring a well-rounded approach.

 

The School itself I found had impressive resources, in addition to having relationships within the industry. I believed that in choosing Met Film School it would offer me the tools and opportunities to move ahead in my career once having completed the course.

 

How would you describe your time at the School?

Frankly, one of the best years of my life. It was such a great experience learning-wise and I met some absolutely lovely and very supportive people.Alan Lewis, the head of the Visual Effects and Animation Department was a fantastic teacher, very patient and technically competent. It’s not so often that you find someone with the amount of technical expertise he has that also has the ability to impart their knowledge in a clear (and entertaining) fashion. Also the School itself I found to be quite personal in its approach and the quality of the teaching staff was always high calibre. Overall it felt like a caring and supportive environment and made it an absolute pleasure to attend.

 

 

What was the highlight of the course?

The collaborative term working on a motion capture project. We were extremely fortunate to have access to the motion capture facility and to be involved in the project from start to finish. Alan’s ability to guide us through each of the different steps and new techniques was amazing and we came out having gained valuable experience both technically as well as having had the opportunity to replicate a real-life pipeline.

 

What were the advantages of being taught by industry professionals?

It made the course relevant and industry-focused as opposed to only theoretical. It meant that we had access to up to date techniques, information about what was going on in the industry and the job market, and provided valuable networking opportunities. I also found that the tutors were very supportive and giving of their time and genuinely interested in developing your career. All of that really helped to validate my choice of course and school.

 

 

What projects have you worked on since completing your course?

I’ve been lucky enough to have worked with the Smoke Artist and Graphics Department at The Mews which is a Soho based post-production facility. Whilst I was there I worked on two commercials (Wimbeldon 2010 for BBC Sport and the launch of AXN Sci-Fi channel) modelling computer generated (CG) elements, rigging, animating and texturing. The experience really brought together the different disciplines learnt at the school and enabled me to adapt to a real-life pipeline and the collaborative nature of the working environment. I’ve also been providing some production assistance to a couple of small independent production companies which is great for rounding out my overall experience.

How can we get in touch with you? 
You can email me at julieprickett@hotmail.com 
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