Met Students Challenged to ‘Imagine the Imaginarium’
When leading motion capture studio The Imaginarium recently relaunched their website, they decided they needed some fresh visual content that helped explain what they do. As frequent collaborators and Ealing Studios neighbours, Met Film School were more than happy to lend a hand, on this occasion in the form of a student competition – Imagine the Imaginarium.
The rules were simple: pitch a short film idea to a panel of Imaginarium staff, and the strongest four would each receive the opportunity to develop their vision at the studios, on a half-day shoot with a budget of £500. The competition generated many strong entries, which were judged on the merit of the idea, as well as on the pitch itself.
We are now pleased to share with you the winning entries from the competition, all four of which present their own unique look at what the Imaginarium does.
- Different World (Dir. Leoni Tenius)
- Dots (Saira Arain)
- Lion Boy (Dir. Anthony Toma)
- A Motion Capture Artist Walks into a Bar (Dir. Freddy Gustafsson & Robin Samson)
Speaking about the competition, Imaginarium CEO Tony Orsten explained that all four entries were “spectacular”, and that they “on the one hand looked at extreme creativity, and on the other hand said something meaningful about the Imaginarium”.
Steve Pinhay, Head of Screen Enterprise, on the competition:
“This competition and the resulting videos is evidence of Met Film School’s fantastically productive and positive relationship with The Imaginarium. The competition attracted a huge response from students who were not only drawn by the prize, but by the challenge of producing quality work for a hugely admired company. The Imaginarium and the Met are a perfect fit – each, in their own way, promoting innovation, entrepreneurial drive and creative excellence.
Leoni Tenius, Director of Different World, on her production experience:
“Working with The Imaginarium has changed the way I will approach future projects and ideas because the existence of the motion capture technology encourages you to think in a bolder and more adventurous way.
Anthony Toma, Director of Lion Boy, on getting to grips with motion capture technology:
“It was the first time for me as a director that I had to imagine the digital environment prior to a shoot and also provide specific directions for what movements the lion would be making. Working with such an experienced studio was beneficial for my future career is regards to learning how to approach the logistics and how to compromise on what is possible in such a short time.”
Joanne Williamson, Writer & DoP of Lion Boy, on the working relationship:
“The company were all really supportive and answered any questions we had. Learning about working on a professional set and the amount of time preproduction and planning takes for a production of this scale was a very interesting experience.”
Congratulations to all of the Met Film School students who made up the crews on the winning films!
Imaginarium CEO Tony Orsten recently spoke with Screen International about the importance of industry awareness within film education – Read the full piece here.