The students (pictured with Framestore staff and their NextGen work experience mentor, Mark Caffoor), who are all studying the NextGen Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills, were given the opportunity to join the team at Framestore, for a week of hands-on learning and working in a professional creative environment.
The students worked on a creative brief that was set, reviewed, critiqued and supervised by Framestore. They also gained valuable industry insight by attending a number of 'dailies' sessions in order to see how Framestore’s work comes together, shadowed a number of different departments, used some of their facilities and equipment (including in-house capture lab and VR studio) and had some hands-on training with dedicated Framestore trainers.
We asked students and mentors to share their experience of NextGen Insight and their week of work experience.
Chloe King, NextGen student at NESCOT College, said of her time at Framestore:
“It was an amazing experience overall with getting to see behind the scenes on films and commercials, everyone was very informative about how to get in to the industry and the different job roles. They were supportive of our work and gave us feedback and advice on how to improve. It was definitely a worthwhile experience."
Joseph Henson, Animator at Framestore and mentor for the students, commented:
“It was great to lead a small group of work experience students who were so engaged and willing to learn. I think the week they had learning about every department here at Framestore is really going to kickstart them into their VFX career and give them the boost that is so sought after in this industry. It was a pleasure to teach and share tips and tricks with them and having one-to-one feedback sessions has hopefully given them a look inside how the industry works and the high standards we strive for. I'm proud to be a part of a company that takes the next generation of talent so seriously.”
Mark Caffoor, NextGen’s Work Experience Mentor and Film Tutor at Westminster Kingsway College said of the NextGen Insight programme:
"It was wonderful being at Framestore for the week with the Nextgen Students. Framestore was so open and welcoming, it really Inspired the students as well as myself. The students got a true experience of what it is like to work in the industry. They got to see everything from sitting in on the dailies of a blockbuster film, virtual reality to seeing the filming process involved in visual effects. It is great to see how much a company cares about developing and inspiring the creatives of tomorrow."
Alex Metliss, NextGen student at NESCOT College, reflected:
“Having the chance to work at Framestore for a week was an invaluable experience. Everyone at Framestore were amazing and were very willing to pass on their knowledge. This whole experience has not only given me more confidence in my own work, but also more understanding into my own career path.”
NextGen Insight is a continuing work experience programme used by digital content studio Framestore to bring young students in to the workplace. The first placements, in April 2018, saw Level 3 students from Westminster Kingsway College spending a week embedded amongst VFX film artists, working to a brief and supervised by Framestore lead artists.
John Ginzo, NextGen student at Westminster Kingsway College who took part in the first work experience said:
“It’s the experience of being here in the building and having all those people working around you. I knew this was somewhere I wanted to get to, this has only strengthened it and confirmed it for me”
Djenaba Davis-Eyo, NextGen student at Westminster Kingsway College who also took part in the first placement reflected:
“I feel like I have more of a chance rather than being intimidated. It has motivated me more towards what I want to do”
In this short film the students share their experience of working within a professional creative environment for the first time.
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