Former WA student works on BAFTA winning 'Gravity'

Posted on: 18th February 2014
Former WA student works on BAFTA winning 'Gravity'

Paul Roberts, a graduate in MSc Advanced Computer Animation and Visual effects from the University of Bradford, went on to work for visual effects company Framestore.

Paul worked as a Render Wrangler for the film Gravity, which last night won a BAFTA for its Special Visual Effects. The film is around 80% computer generated which relied heavily on the contribution from its Render Wranglers.

Speaking about his time working on 'gravity', Paul said:

''“The film is set entirely in space and rendered in 3D so there were a lot of frames going through the render farm! Each frame was part of a long sequence, some of which were several minutes long and required vast amounts of processing power to complete, thus requiring a substantial farm. Being part of such a huge and complex project was a thrilling experience and seeing my name on the credits was a dream come true.

“University study can be a very challenging time but I would wholeheartedly encourage anyone to keep pursuing their goals. My time at Bradford certainly helped me reach mine and I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to study in a place where the level of education was so high. I met so many like-minded people, both students and staff, who have remained friends.”

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Also a previous WA student, Paul worked on a variety of visual effects projects with the Working Academy including BBC Philharmonic and Visual Electrodiagnostic Testing, a video produced for children and teenagers, tells you what to expect during your visit to the electrodiagnostics clinic.

Both of Paul's WA project work can be viewed here: