Student attends European premiere of Ben Affleck film The Accountant as part of degree placement

Posted by ap507 at Nov 17, 2016 10:10 AM |
University of Leicester student embarks on year placement with global entertainment company Warner Bros.

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 17 November 2016

A photo of student Gregory Allen is available here:

A student has been given the opportunity to meet veterans of the entertainment industry and attend a European blockbuster film premiere as part of their degree studies at the University of Leicester.

Gregory Allen, who is currently studying BSc Computing with Year in Industry at the University of Leicester, has embarked upon a year-long placement with global entertainment company Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

The placement has allowed Gregory to attend the European premiere of the Ben Affleck-led film The Accountant as well as meet veterans in the film industry, including a colourist who worked on The Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter films.

He has also been given the opportunity to engage in a number of practical activities building upon the skills he has developed while studying at the University, including co-managing UK theatrical releases of Warner Bros. films, troubleshooting issues with global offices and cinema chains and handling sensitive pre-release material internally.

Gregory has also rotoscoped and watermarked films and trailers and has liaised with European Technical Operations vendors for dubbing, subtitling and media material creation.

Gregory said: “As I would like to move into VFX when I graduate, having the opportunity to meet and learn from people considered the best in their particular discipline is very motivating. I really enjoy my job and cannot wait to get to work in the morning. I am given real responsibilities and projects to work on and have already learnt so much in just a few months.”

At the University of Leicester Gregory was President of the student Film Society, which allowed him gain relevant knowledge and skills which helped during the placement interview process.

Combined support, guidance and preparation from the Career Development Service and the University industrial placement office prepared Gregory to compete and secure the exclusive placement opportunity.

Dr Richard Craggs, a lecturer from the University of Leicester Department of Informatics and personal tutor to Gregory, also talked him through what it is like to work in industry and how to make the most of his year-long placement.

Dr Craggs said: “I was very pleased when I heard that Gregory had earned a placement with Warner Bros. The graduate jobs market is highly competitive and the experience and skills that are gained from a year in industry are invaluable. It often shows in a student's performance in their final year at university when they have spent a year in a professional working environment. Their work ethic, ability to manage their time and the quality of what they produce can be significantly better. It's great to hear about the contribution that Gregory has made in his placement year and the fun that he's had.”

Gregory believes the experience he has gained studying at the University of Leicester has helped him to develop the necessary skills to succeed in the workplace.

Gregory said: “The year in industry adds genuine value to your degree when you graduate. Your placement allows you to apply all of the knowledge you learn at university and learn new things you cannot learn in a lecture.

“Doing well in your degree is not always enough to ensure you are guaranteed a top job when you graduate. Top employers will look for relevant experience alongside a good degree as this shows you can apply what you have learnt to a business environment.

“If you are considering a year in industry the University of Leicester will support you in finding a placement and preparing for any interviews and assessment days.”


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