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Friday, October 5, 2012

One more post on this Topic

I am going to take one more kick at the can with this topic, because of an event that happened last week (ok, two weeks ago, I am slow getting this up) and it is very relevant.
The famed Gobelins  L'Ecole des Arts gave a presentation in Toronto last week thanks to CASO. It was a very small venue, a small room at the Toronto Textile Museum.
It was a good event, with two of the directeurs, Moira and Cecile giving a run down on the school and its raison d'etre. They made a lot out of the fact that France has a large animation tradition, that French culture allows it to thrive. ( the gouvernement has a Minister of Culture, which is rare.)
But it got really interesting when they were asked to describe the admission process.
They get aprox. 600 applicants each year. From these, 60 are selescted.These take a two day test. First, a day long WRITTEN examination, then on the second day, two visual exercises, done on the spot. (Yikes, i can't remember what the first one was..someone help, please?) The second is a visual breakdown of a piece of writing , supplied by the L'Ecole..not exactly a storyboard per se, she explained, as not all the applicants have a specific filmmaking background.
From the 60 semi finalists, 25 make the cut and get in.
She said very few of the enrolling students are fresh out of high school, most are post grad types and professionals.
So there it is, only 25 souls comprise the entire year's enrollment.
It is at present a three year course.
All the films are group projects.
There is only ONE full time faculty member; the rest ( forgotten the number) are part time professionals working in the industry. and there are resident guest lecturers as well.
That, plus other factors, like the strong cultural background of graphic arts and film  in France ( I 'm thinking of BD, plus having the Louvre just down the street) makes it no surprise that he school is able to  put out such strong work year after year..
Compare this to Sheridan.


Nikolas Ilic said...

wow thats crazy! well that explains why their films are always of high quality. Sounded like a great venue!

Janice Chu said...

I agree with you Scott again. The process of how Sheridan picks their students is very weird and their "test" to get in is very weak. I'm surprised that I even got in (Im thankful I did, but I honestly dont think I deserved it)
I think the way Calarts chooses its students is very strong as well as Gobelins. My friend found this post how Calarts chooses its students and I think its great, it prevents people from cheating. Here's the post http://viazi.tumblr.com/post/32702057719/an-email-sent-from-director-of-character-animation-at
I think even Seneca has a better system, the students (I believe) have to go in to take the test right on the spot. I definitely know some people who did not do everything in their portfolio and still got in at Sheridan. *shakes head* There's definitely some teachers that I will miss, but I just can't wait to get out of Sheridan.

Aminder Dhaliwal said...

very interesting process, it all makes sense now...

Yinxu said...

wish I went to that event...but couldn't get tickets :(


Thanks for your replies, everyone.
Thanks for the info on Calarts, Janice.
Yinxu: yes, it was asmall venue and was suppoedly sold out; they checked everyone on a list of names, but there were actually some empty seats , so some people didn't show: so the lesson is, always show up, you might get in!

Pauline Champetier said...

I'm french and i'm gonna explain a little bit how the students are picked at Gobelins :)
In fact you can get accepted in 1st year or in 3rd year, so there's 2 kinds of tests.
To get accepted in 1st year you have a day long "written" examination which consists in a model sheet exercise (until last year : 2 characters are given and they each have to do 2 actions. Last year it changed a little bit) then an exercise about storytelling, you have an excerpt from a text and you have to do a small storyboard with it.
600 applicants for that test. 60 pass the test and go to an oral examination, at last 25 are accepted.

If you want to go in 3rd year you have to be at least 26 years old, the first step is a selection based on your book, demoreel, cv.
The 2nd step consists in 2 exercises (8 hours each) : traditional animation, 3D&compositing.
Then there's an oral examination and only a few of these applicants enter the school.

Hope it helps to clarify a bit this process, sorry for my poor english !

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