Ballyfermot CFE students involved in major animation adventure

October 24, 2013

New animated short film, ‘The Duel’, is launched by the Animation Hub.


Set in the ‘Unseen University’ of Sir Terry Pratchett’s  ‘Discworld’, ‘The Duel’ is a new animated short film produced by the Animation Hub, a collaboration between the Irish School of Animation (ISA) at Ballyfermot College of Further Education (BCFE), Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and the Irish animation studio, Giant Animation Studios.  The short film was launched at a special world premiere screening at the Science Gallery in Trinity on October 16th.


World-renowned fantasy and science fiction novelist, and Adjunct Professor of English at Trinity College Dublin, Sir Terry Pratchett was hands-on engaged with the production, working with both institutions and the team from Giant Animation Studios. The short film has blended fantasy and reality, with notable Irish landmarks set amongst the unreal environments of this animated adventure.


Commenting on his involvement in the project, Sir Terry Pratchett said: “’The Duel’ is something new from something old – ‘Discworld’ was borrowed by the students in the Animation Hub to produce a wholly new adventure. It’s wonderful to see this type of project supported and made real – and we had a lot of fun while we were at it.”


The animation programme lead from BFCE and Animation Hub producer Gareth Lee said: “It’s fantastic to finally reach the stage where we can officially launch ‘The Duel’. It’s been a long and interesting road. The most rewarding aspect for me has been the educational outcomes of the initiative. The students, in particular, learned a great deal from working closely with the Giant Animation team, who creatively spearheaded the project from the outset.”

Photo shows the key team members involved in the project on the night of the launch including Sir Terry Pratchett, Maureen Conway (Principal of BCFE) and Gareth Lee – (Animation Programme Leader at BCFE).


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