Friday, 6 December 2019

Meet Saint John Walker - Our New Deputy Dean

Saint Walker
A warm welcome to our new Deputy Dean, Saint John Walker, who has just joined Escape Studios this week.

Saint John brings his extensive experience of working in the animation industry and in higher education to Escape Studios, helping us to focus our curriculum on ensuring that our students graduate with the right skills to be able to succeed in industry.

You can also catch Saint John this weekend moderating panels at the LIAF.

Saint John Walker - industry and education
For the last 25 years Saint John has been working at the interface between the animation, computer games, VFX industries and Higher Education. His mission has been to help produce the highest possible quality talent to staff the UK's rapidly expanding creative industries, which has in recent years identified a number of key skills shortages.

Industry experience

LIAF panel this weekend
Saint John has designed and run degree courses, written articles, created a range of VFX and Animation training projects, taught, mentored, led and managed a range of industry facing education ventures.

Saint John has been an advisor and assessor across a range of VFX, Games and CGI animation courses, and organised and co-wrote The Core Skills of VFX Handbook and Student Primer, widely regarded as one of the best guides to getting started in VFX for students.

LIAF Panel
If you'd like to catch up with Saint, you can hear him this weekend at the London International Animation Festival (LIAF), where he will be curating a series of panel discussion on the future of the animation industry.

Speakers & Panel Members
Speakers and panellists include FX Goby (Nexus Productions), Tom Box (Blue Zoo), Ed Foster (Rubbish World of Dave Spud), Mic Graves (Gumball), Abigail Addison (ScreenSkills), Bimpe Alliu (Industrial Light & Magic), Emma Calder (Pearly Oyster), Asha Easton (ImmerseUK), Kate O’Connor (Animation UK), Steve Smith (Beakus) and Leigh Hodgkinson (Olobob Top).

The Escape Studios Animation Blog offers a personal view on the art of animation and visual effects. To find out more about our new BA/MArt, now recruiting for September 2020, follow this link.   To apply, visit the official page here.

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