Student’s animated adventure

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College may be over for one D&A student but the animation skills he gained in class are being put to good use.

Justin Dolan has just completed an HND in Animation and is now creating convincing and captivating movement for characters in ‘Dragon Matrix’, a theatrical mystery spectacular being staged in Monikie Country Park.

He won the chance to work for Vision Mechanics, the Edinburgh theatre company behind the event, after Symon Macintyre visited D&A College Gardyne Campus for a ‘Vision to Virtual Reality’ event staged by lecturing staff.

The company’s artistic director was so impressed with the standard of work being produced at the college, he invited students to apply to become involved in Dragon Matrix.

Students submitted a short showreel of their best character movement animations and a covering letter and Justin’s work was chosen by Dragon Matrix animation project manager, Saara Vakiparta.

“Justin’s showreel demonstrated the most ambitious and successful character movement which best matched the style required for Dragon Matrix characters,” said Dean Robertson, course leader.

Dragon Matrix will transform the country park into a forest inhabited by dragons, trolls, fairies and goblins by combining a live theatrical performance with augmented reality technology.

Justin finds work on the project an exhilarating experience.

“It’s exciting to be working on a commission so soon after completing my course,” said the 21-year-old.

“It’s an excellent way for me to show off the skills that I have learned and practiced at college.”

Symon McIntryre, Creative Director, Vision Mechanics added: “We were extremely impressed by Justin’s flair, and the skills he has developed during his course. Dragon Matrix is very much a local project so are delighted to be tapping into local talent and unearthing new ideas to add new dimensions to the event. We very much look forward to seeing what he comes up with for Dragon Matrix, and wish him the very best of luck as he carves out his career in animation.”

Having successfully completed his course at D&A College, Justin has a project of his own in the offing – having been working in his own games studio, he is looking forward to the launch of his first game later this year.