7th February 2006

 

LORD OF THE RINGS ANIMATOR TO SPEAK TO STUDENTS

 

Animation students in Hull will be picking up tips from a leading film animator later this month.

 

Jason Snyman, who has worked on films including ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’, the ‘Harry Potter’ series and ‘Troy’, will give a talk to students at the Hull School of Art and Design on Thursday 23rd February.

 

Although only 22, Jason has already worked on 12 feature films. He was born in South Africa and trained as an animator in Johannesburg before moving to London in 2000 to work on British films.

 

He worked for Mill Film at Shepperton Studios and NSA before moving to New Zealand to work for Weta Digital, the film which produced the digital effects for the Lord of the Rings films.

 

“I started out as a texture artist where I painted dirt, lots of dirt, on anything I could get my grubby little hands on – most notably Shelob the giant spider,” said Jason.

“We became very well acquainted, I know every little pore on her body… I hate spiders.”

 

Jason then returned to England to work on the Marauder’s Map in ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’, Brad Pitt’s sword in ‘Troy’, and a rather menacing shark in ‘Alfie’.

 

His latest project took him back to New Zealand where he fulfilled his boyhood dream by working at Weta on the animation for Peter Jackson’s latest blockbuster ‘King Kong’.

 

“Jason Snyman is widely considered a prodigious talent and gifted artist by his peers in the industry, and we are lucky to have the opportunity of hearing from a young man who has already achieved so much at such a young age,” said Paul Sinclair, acting course leader for Animation at the University of Lincoln.

 

The talk will take place between 2pm and 4pm on Thursday 23rd February in the Saville Lecture Theatre on George Street, Hull.

 

For more information, or to arrange interviews or photographs, please contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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