Hatfield film graduates win special effects award

PUBLISHED: 17:38 09 February 2017 | UPDATED: 17:46 09 February 2017

Zak Boxall and Chris Turner, pictured by Paul Hampartsoumian for the National Television Society

Zak Boxall and Chris Turner, pictured by Paul Hampartsoumian for the National Television Society

Paul Hampartsoumian

Two recent graduates from Hatfield's University of Hertfordshire have jointly won a national award for special film effects.

Zak Boxall and Chris Turner, who both studied visual effects, were honoured in the Short Film category in the Royal Television Society’s student award scheme.

Both now working for Industrial Light and Magic, a world-leading special effects provider, they used computer-generated imagery to show a baby elephant travelling through London to return a lost toy to its owner.

Zak said: “We wanted to capture the beauty and innocence of a living elephant without using a real elephant, and looked to the work of various film-makers and post houses for inspiration.

“Although shooting at night proved challenging, we were intrigued by the city’s magnificence and colours, and the doors it opened in terms of a unique visual style.

“I headed up the 3-D aspects of the film whilst Chris took care of all things 2-D. We brought the film from concept to delivery and it was a collaboration of many talented artists at the University of Hertfordshire.”

Senior lecturer Martin Bowman said: “We are extremely proud of Zak’s and Chris’ success. Their film pushed the limits of visual effects for the integration of a computer-generated animal with live action footage.”

The five-minute film, Bertie the Elephant, has been praised by PETA [People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals] for showing “the use of abused captive animals on screen is obsolete”.

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