We are really lucky to have this opportunity
The 15 pupils at Blairgowrie High School who enjoyed a week learning about possible careers in visual effects in the film and television industries have said it was a fantastic experience.
The third-year pupils took part in the virtual work experience with leading visual effects company, London-based Industrial Light and Magic (ILM).
The session was organised by the Perthshire school’s developing young workforce officer Melissa Lawrence and feedback from the pupils was hugely positive.
Fraser Lyall said:“It was a really good experience, I really enjoyed the 3D modelling part and the Python coding bit as well once I wrapped my head round it.”
Star Wars fan Callum Cannon agreed.
He said: “The Python coding was really interesting and is something I would like to get into as a career in the future.
“We’re really lucky to have had this opportunity.
“I’ve been watching The Mandalorian and it’s amazing that we’re the first pupils in the UK to do this on a one to one level.”
Freya Donaldson said: “It has been such a great experience, it’s totally what I want to do when I leave school and I’m really glad we got to do this.
“Amy from ILM said my animation was really sophisticated which I was really happy about because I put a lot of work in to it and I am so glad she liked it.
“I hope they do it again so other pupils get the same chance that we have had.”
Alex Kelly was part of Team Jedi.
He said:“It was really good fun and seeing how they did all the animations and what’s happening behind the scenes was really interesting.”
Megan Burrell added that it was“cool knowing how they have been able to make all these films”.
Chloe Fair and Brodie Fitzpatrick were also enthusiastic about the sessions.
Brodie said:“I’m not very technical but am really interested in the storyboarding side of things”, while Chloe said that she had been particularly interested in the modelling part of the week.