BU graduates are poised to celebrate 2018 Oscar success, with BU graduates involved in all five of the nominated films in the visual effects category at this year’s Academy Awards.
The films in this year’s visual effects category are Blade Runner 2049; Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2; Kong: Skull Island; Star Wars: The Last Jedi; and War for the Planet of the Apes. BU graduates directly worked on all five films, through their roles at the respective visual effects production companies.
Furthermore, BU graduate Mike Mulholland will be heading to Hollywood for the awards as a named nominee for his work on Star Wars: The Last Jedi. If the film wins, Mike will be on stage to collect the Oscar. Mike works for Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) where he has worked on the Star Wars franchise, and returned to BU in 2016 to speak at the BFX Festival about his career.
Chris Williams, Head of the Computer Animation Department at Bournemouth University said, “Awards season is always an exciting time for staff at the National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA), particularly when the Oscar nominations come in and we spot the BU graduates who have been recognised by the industry on a global platform. It’s incredibly gratifying to know that graduates from the NCCA contribute to Oscar-nominated films year-on-year. This is a clear demonstration that what the staff here at the NCCA are teaching our students sets them up for incredibly successful careers in the visual effects and animation industries.”
BU has a long tradition of success at the Oscars, with BU graduates working on Oscar winning films such as Avatar, Gravity and The Jungle Book. In 2010 and 2014, BU graduate Andy Lockley took to the stage to collect the Oscar for visual effects for his work on Inception and Interstellar respectively.
Fellow graduate Mark Ardington was on the Academy Award stage in 2016, collecting the visual effects nod for his work on the film Ex Machina.
This year’s Academy Awards take place on Sunday 4th March, when the winners will be announced.
For more information about studying visual effects and animation at BU, visit the Bournemouth University course pages.