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  • Student Ambassadors with actor Robert Englund, Nightmare on Elm Street’s Freddy Krueger.

Posted 03.08.16

Zoetropes, masks and costumes galore as we partner up with Exeter Comic Con

By Larisa Cleaver

Our stand hosting four different workshops was a chance for the public to try their hand at making a zoetrope, creating game environments, illustrating badges and making masks.

We partnered up with Exeter Comic Con this year to host a range of workshops at the popular South West event.

Each year, Film & Comic Con Exeter brings together stars from TV, film and comics to meet the public and their fans, alongside a whole host of activities including photo shoots, panels, autograph sessions and hundreds of stalls full of TV and Film memorabilia.

As an event partner, students and staff from across the college took part in hosting a range of free specialist workshops, from zoetrope animations and mask making to creating concept environments for games.

There were lots of fantastic cosplays at the event, including this trio.

We caught up with Student Ambassador and BA (Hons) Animation student Larisa Cleaver to find out more about the event...

“What can I say about Comic Con? Well for an animation and film lover like me, I loved it. I had never been to a Comic Con before so to get the chance to go, as well as run a workshop on animation, was a fantastic opportunity.

The weekend started off with us getting out of our car and bumping into Robert Llewellyn, most commonly known for his role as Kryten in Red Dwarf, getting out of the car next to us and having a chat!

"It was great to see everybody really engaging with our workshops, it’s fun getting young people excited about making and excited about animation.” — Larisa Cleaver, BA (Hons) Animation

Those of us who were fans of the show had a classic fan girl moment only to find out that we’d be having more of them after hearing the lineup of guest speakers, including Robert Englund, Nightmare on Elm Street’s Freddy Krueger, Rusty Goffe, known for his roles in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the Harry Potter films and Colin Baker, Doctor Who’s Sixth Doctor – to name a few.

Student Larisa Cleaver (centre) with fellow Student Ambassadors and actor Robert Englund, Nightmare on Elm Street’s Freddy Krueger.

We all helped in setting up our workshop area ready for people to arrive, we had so many people sign up to our workshops and some interested in the college too, which was fantastic.

The convention was buzzing with enthusiasm, you could tell that everybody there, whether they were in costume or not, loved film, games, animation and comics. Everybody was friendly and always up for a selfie.

Many people of different ages and skill levels wanted to take part in the workshops, some even attended two or three.

Our game environment design workshop drew a large crowd of young game designers.

The animation workshop seemed to interest children and their parents as well, many of whom told me that they had partaken in some animation already, for example, making stop motion films with Lego.

It was great to see everybody really engaging with our workshops, it’s fun getting young people excited about making and excited about animation.”

You can check out Larisa’s work here.

Photos by Larisa Cleaver.

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