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Aspiring Animators Get Top Tips At Cinemagic Masterclass!

Posted on 21st February 2014 | Cinemagic News

Aspiring animators from across Northern Ireland participated in a fascinating Computer Animation masterclass in the University of Ulster, Belfast Campus, hosted by Co. Down born animator, Greg Maguire, whose work is featured in James Cameron’s Oscar winning Avatar.

The workshop, part of a series of  educational and industry based masterclasses supported by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, gave young people, aged 16-25, an insight to character creation processes for film, television and games. Greg’s credits for visual effects include Where The Wild Things Are, Happy Feet, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and I Am Legend. He shared his skills and experiences and talked about how to succeed in the industry.

Joan Burney Keatings, Cinemagic Chief Executive said “With support from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Cinemagic was delighted to present our second educational and industry based masterclass with top visual effects animator, Greg Maguire, which provided young people with an invaluable opportunity to gain an exclusive insight to this area of the film industry.”

Greg began his career in 1989 at Don Bluth Animation Studios in Dublin, integrating computer graphics and traditionally animated features in Thumbelina, Rock-a-Doodle, and Troll in Central Park.  A Peter Gabriel project soon took him to Colossal Pictures in San Francisco where he completed work for MTV, Intel, Sun, Coca-Cola, and James and the Giant Peach.  A call from Walt Disney Feature Animation then took him to Los Angeles for four years as Technical Animation Supervisor and Character Animator on their first computer generated feature, Dinosaur. Greg returned to San Francisco in 2000 to take up a position as Creature Supervisor on Visual Effects for Oscar nominated, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban at George Lucas’s world leading Industrial Light and Magic.  In 2004 he moved to Skywalker Ranch to became Research and Development Supervisor for Lucasfilm Animation on the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated feature film and television series.


In 2006 he founded his own animation studio, Zoogloo, whose first project Happy Feet went on to win an Oscar for best animated feature in 2007.  Zoogloo’s credits also include Thundercats for Digital Domain, Spiderman 3 for Sony, Rockband 2 for Harmonix, Where The Wild Things Are for Warner Bros. and the Emmy Award winning Abby's Flying Fairy School for Sesame Street. In 2010, he took up a post at the University of Ulster, as Professor of Visual Communication in the School of Art & Design and in 2012 he produced the video game Fairy Magic.


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