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Mariana Leal is a final year student on BA (Hons) Animation at London College of Communication.
Why did you choose to study this course and why London College of Communication?
I chose this course because in animation one can use photography, drawing, sculpting, printing and much more, which really interests me. As for why I chose London College of Communication, the reason was that the printing facilities really made me curious and excited to try out new processes and techniques.
What’s the most interesting project you’ve worked on so far?
The most interesting project I have worked on so far has to be the projection mapping interactive installation I put up together with two other people for the Les Nuits des Bassins Festival in Arras, France. We built a corridor with animations of dreams projected on to the walls. Every time someone walked past, a layer of animation and a layer of sound would be added on top to explore the juxtaposition of narratives that occurs when we dream.
Have you had any opportunities to engage with industry whilst on the course?
I collaborated with other students to create visuals for the Life Rewired concert at the Barbican. Moreover, I also was part of a team that put together two animated projection mapping installations for Les Nuits des Bassins Festival in Arras France for two consecutive years. I was also selected to make a music video for the folklore band Ringlefinch.
What important piece of advice would you give to students thinking of studying this course?
I would advise students thinking of studying this course to just accept every opportunity and try different ways of implementing animation, even if they think they already know in which part of the industry they would like to work in the future.
What has been the highlight of your LCC experience so far?
The highlight of my LCC experience was to see the animations we made to explore "what it means to be human in a technological world" for the Life Rewired concert being screened at the Barbican with live performance.
How do you find being a student in London?
Being a student in London there are a lot of free events, exhibitions and symposiums to attend all around. It gives me a very diverse range of experiences.
What are your career aspirations?
I would like to do a masters in film studies, to deepen my theoretical knowledge. I also aim to work in a studio in the future, and maybe one day open one of my own with a team.
If you had to describe your LCC experience in three words, what would they be?
Enriching, unforeseen, varied.
View the BA (Hons) Animation course page.