Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Producer Max Howard to Visit Escape

Max Howard
Veteran animation Producer Max Howard will be visiting Escape Studios tomorrow, Thursday 5th March, to give feedback to our second year animation students on their short film projects.

Max is a film producer and studio executive who has run animation divisions at Disney, DreamWorks and Warner Bros Feature Animation.

Industry feedback is at the heart of what we do at Escape Studios; it helps our students to connect with the commercial world and make sure we're teaching industry-relevant skills.

Max Howard
Max Howard
Max has set up and run animation studios for Walt Disney Feature Animation in London, Paris, Orlando and Los Angeles, and in the late 1990s was president of Warner Bros. Feature Animation; his credits include Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, and Igor.

Max also runs two independent film companies, Melwood Pictures, and the Max Howard Consulting Group. He has an honourary Doctorate of Arts from Teesside University, and is the Chancellor of Middlesbrough Children's University.  In 2015 Max started working In China on a regular basis for the DeTao Group, where he runs Melwood Pictures at DeTao, and is developing animated feature films based on Chinese content.

Studio Project Module PR5001
Max has kindly agreed to give up a morning of his time to take a look at our second year animation projects, part of the "Studio Project" Module PR5001, a 2nd year film-making module worth 45 credits, in which our students form themselves into groups and create short animated films, working to a variety of creative briefs.

Feedback from Framestore's Oz Gani
Industry feedback
Here at Escape Studios we also host regular industry feedback sessions, where students can get feedback from industry guests.  Industry feedback forms one of the five pillars of "The Escape Method", and is important because it helps to keep us grounded in the real world of the animation industry, reminding us of what animators will be expected to do when they are facing actual clients.

Getting feedback for our students from industry is very much at the heart of what we do at Escape Studios, and there is no better way to get our students up to industry standard than to bring in professionals to critique their work.

Undergraduate Student Experience at Escape Studios
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 starting in September 2020, follow this link.   To apply, visit the offical page here

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