Budding film animator gets British Film Institute opportunity

Ollie Lubanski.

A budding film animator had a taste of life in the movies when he spent a week working at the prestigious British Film Institute.

Ollie Lubanski, 17, from, Richmond, studies A-levels in ICT, media and design and technology at Richmond School.

He got a sought after place on the BFI Film Academy week-long residential animation and visual effects course. He was the only student from Yorkshire to take part.

The BFI Film Academy scheme provides opportunities for talented and committed young people to develop new skills and build a career in the film industry.

The intensive course was run with leading-industry professionals delivering masterclasses and practical skills training.

It included trips, screenings, industry speakers and careers guidance.

Each participant worked on an animation or VFX sequence supported by BAFTA-winning tutors.

The training venue was the hub at City and Islington College.

Ollie worked with three other students to create an animated film.

Not only was Ollie the lead actor, but he also filmed, when he wasn’t acting, and created the introduction and special effects as well as drawing all the graphics.

You can watch the students’ film here:

While at the academy, Ollie also attended film screenings and networking events. Ollie now receives six months’ follow-up careers and training support.

Ollie said: “I really enjoyed it because it let me do something I’m passionate about and it gave me more skills and opportunities to work with people with the same interests.

“The organisers were very helpful and made an effort to get the best out of you.

“I would recommend this course for people who enjoy film-making, drawing or Photoshop because you can put these skills into practice.”

Liz Mannion, careers leader at the school, said: “This has been an amazing opportunity for Ollie, who is clearly talented in the field of animation.

“His VFX project is brilliant and he has developed so many new skills to use in his future career. “