Bristol graduates prove animation is as easy as Pi
TWO Bristol graduates from the University of the West of England's Animation course have worked on the new hit movie Life of Pi.
Chang Woon Bing Moon and Monisha Banerjee joined a 1,200-strong team of visual effects artists who worked on the Oscar-nominated film.
The animation and visual effects work for the film were due in large part to the efforts of the international visual effects studio Rhythm & Hues, including the Malaysian branch in which Chang Woon Bing has been working at since 2010 and the Mumbai facility where Monisha has been working since 2012.
MA Animation graduate Monisha, who graduated in 2008, was production coordinator for the animation team. Chang Woon Bing, who graduated in 2009 with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design, worked on the camera-tracking of the lifeboat and the match-moving of actor Suraj Sharma in the sequence where a school of flying fish descends upon Pi and the tiger in the middle of the ocean.
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Chang Woon Bing said the nomination could be the team's gateway to bigger and better things.
"We will need to continue pushing boundaries here, continue to grow and reach greater heights," he said.
Monisha added: "It's been my privilege to be a part of the Life of Pi team. For the VFX world, there is no looking back now. Life of Pi is the most spectacular movie made yet."
Rachel Robinson from UWE, who taught Chang Woon Bing during his time in Bristol, said: "He Bing worked extremely hard during his time studying at the Bristol School of Animation. His final year degree show animated short was shown at Bristol's Encounters Festival.
"We always thought he would do well in the Creative Industries. He seems to be progressing in his career in leaps and bounds and the success is duly deserved."
Chris Webster, who taught Monisha, said: "Monisha joined the MA Animation programme at the Bristol School of Animation by way of a change of career. The programme enabled her to explore and develop her then untapped creativity in animation production which has along with her high level of professionalism and commitment, prepared her well to take on such a key position within such a prestigious production.
"She serves as a fine example to all those studying animation at UWE, her success is well deserved and reflects her determination and focus and all the animation team are very proud of her."