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Arena Orbit Live 2015: Siobhan Fenton & Penelope Holton talk Animex & Teesside University

Int’l Animation and VFX fest ‘Orbit Live 2015′ by Arena Animation dedicated to bring Animation Industry on one platform took residence from 8-11 January 2015 at Mumbai’s Retreat Hotel & Convention Centre .The fest saw the presence of Siobhan Fenton-Director of Animex Int’l Partnerships, Teesside University, UK and Penelope Holton- Deputy section head – Animation & Visual effects, and senior lecturer 3D Animation, Teesside University, UK.

Siobhan and Penelope took to the stage to address a crowd of animation aspirants about Teesside University’s Animex International Festival of Animation and Computer Games, the largest festival in UK and also gave a close look at the courses taught at the University.

Informing the attendees about the influences behind starting the fest, Siobhan, shared, “16 years ago, we had a dream of bringing together the top global names of the visual entertainment Industry to Teesside.”

“We wanted to inspire our students, educate and entertain them as well through teaching about Animation and for the same we wanted to set up an event to bring together students, professionals and school children alike to be able to mingle with stalwarts from animation .”, Adds she

This year, the Animex Int’l fest of Animation and Computer Games has set its dates from 9-13 February at the Teesside University. “Five incredible days of talks, master classes, school workshops, international student competition, short and feature film screenings from all over the world will conclude with the awards night.”, Siobhan shares more

The fact that the festival along with Animation and Games also caters to VFX, Comics and Indie Games- a new focus, makes it the world’s largest festival, feels Siobhan.

Speakers that will be in attendance at this edition are Simon Carr- VFX Supervisor, Method Studios, David Delve- ILM London, Wyeth Johnson- Art Director, Epic, Zach Parrish- Head of Animation, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Shaun Spalding- Indie Developer, James Brown- Developer , Boneloaf, and many others.

For sure, the fest is aiming to put itself on the global map as last year, it launched Animex South East Asia in Malaysia from 27-28 September 2014 and plans are shaping up to debut at various new places.

Till date, the fest has been enjoying the attendance of studios like MPC, Laika, Framestore, The Mill, Disney, Pixar, Lionhead, Epic, Marvel, Cinesite, Double Negative, Aardman Animations and presence of some of the renowned names like in this creative industry like Ed Hooks, Max Howard, Claire Jennings, Rhianna Pratchettamongst, amongst many others.

The talk was then taken ahead by Penelope, who took the attendees through the animation, vfx, gaming education at Teesside University. “We focus on Animation and VFX, Character Animation, Computer Games, Digital Storytelling, and Concept. “We’re also very strong on creativity and encourage our students to specialize.”

Teesside University is split into School of Arts & Media, School of Computing, School of Health & Social Care, School of Science & Engineering and School of Social Sciences, Business & Law

Penelope unveiled that the University is jumpstarting new courses this year on gaming, concept art and storytelling, “We found that a lot of students are great artists, who may actually not know how to animate, but may come up with good concepts for Animation and Games.”

The University has a bunch of student admissions coming in from Malaysia, Norway, USA, China, and India. Graduate’s from here are presently working at studios like Cinesite, Pixar, Sony, MPC , Double Negative, Cubic Motion, to name a few.

Writer: Zeenia Boatwala

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