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Teesside University has one of the fastest growing computing facilities in the UK delivering high-quality teaching programmes, research, and consultancy in the area of computing, computer science, cybersecurity, web, game, animation, concept art, journalism, film & tv. Below are some of the articles that Justin Greetham has featured in over the 20 or so years that he has been working at the University

Animation Students Work Together Remotely To Create Music Video

Singer songwriter Owen approached the University’s animation department earlier this year, seeking help to create an animated video to accompany his new track Nobody.

Then, as the student team started work on the project, they were impacted by the lockdown restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Determined to continue, the students set about working individually on the animation. They quickly adapted to work on their own laptops and computer equipment, using programmes and online tools to design and produce the animated video. To read the full article. Owen, whose track Nobody is released this month, said: 'It has been an incredible experience, driven so well by the student team. I received a grant from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and was keen to create an animated video for release alongside the single. To read the full article click here

Triumphant Return From Prestigious Awards

Teesside University won three awards at this year’s RTS North East and The Border awards which recognise achievements in animation, broadcast journalism with award categories ranging from professional to student.

The Student Craft Sound winners who worked on Beedop are Andrea Rosu, Alise Goldwater, Asya Alkooheji, Daniel Lucas and Dan Glass.Justin Greetham, Senior Lecturer in Visualisation in the School of Computing, Engineering & Digital Technologies, collected the awards on behalf of the animation students behind Magnum O’Pup and Beebop. He said: 'These latest RTS wins build on the previous success by our staff and graduates in achieving in these awards, with many of our students going on to achieve great things in their careers.
'Three of the students who were acknowledged in this year’s RTS awards are now working at the Bafta and Oscar-awarding winning creative studio Framestore.' To read the full article click here

Phil’s Animation Success With Pixar

Teesside University graduate Phil Shoebottom has helped bring to life the stories of some of the world’s best known Pixar animated film characters

He has worked his magic on much-loved films such as Inside Out, Monsters University, Finding Dory, the Incredibles 2 along with Cars 2 and Cars 3.
Most recently Phil’s work on Toy Story 4 earned him a nomination for the Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature award in the 18th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards. The team involved in the work were announced as the award winner at a ceremony in Beverly Hills on January 29 2020 To read the full article click here

TU Graduates Gather In The UK's Capital

The University's annual ExpoTees London, to be held on 20 June, provides an opportunity for recruiters to meet talented 2019 graduates who will showcase their work

The graduates will showcase their portfolios and promote their ideas to recruiters from the animation and visual effects world, while taking the opportunity to network with industry professionals and get tips on the interview process and careers advice. Work will be showcased in animation, visual effects, concept art and games To read the full article click here

Teesside Graduate Celebrates Oscar Win

Justin Greetham, Senior Lecturer in Visualisation & Graphical Applications at Teesside University, said: 'This is great news for Teesside University.

It is tremendous that so many of our graduates have gone on to achieve such great things, with another of our shining stars now illuminating the special effects industry. It shows the calibre of our students and teaching. To read the full article click here

RTS Success for Teesside University

The ceremony which celebrated the best in the industry, was hosted in Gateshead this year by South Shields comedian and Hebburn writer Jason Cook, with prizes presented in 29

categories ranging from professional to student. Teesside University took home two awards, the Regional Student Award for Animation, for The Boy and the Balloon. To read the full article click here

Talented Students Make An Impression

A host of successful Teesside University graduates who have gone on to work for some of the leading games and animation studios have passed on their insight and expertise to the

current crop of students at an ambitious annual event in the country's capital. Among the companies who attended ExpoTees London were Industrial Light and Magic, which has recently worked on Jurassic World 2, Sony Playstation Europe and Moving Picture Company. Other attendees included representatives from Framestore, The Mill and Splash Damage Games. To read the full article click here

Celebration In The UK's Capital City

Animation and visual effects students from Teesside University showcased their work in the capital at ExpoTees London. Justin Greetham, Senior Lecturer in Visualisation

who organised the trip, said: 'ExpoTees London provides an opportunity for our students to exhibit their work in the relative comfort of academy award winning studios such as The Mill. To read the full article click here

Students Bring BBC Audio Stories to Life

The BBC Radio 4 Listening Project archive is a library of intimate and personal audio conversations which provide a unique insight and commentary on UK society

Teesside University students are among those who have created animations to complement the edited audio recordings, with over 60 animations now live on the BBC's website and iPlayer. To read the full article click here

SCEDT Students Selected To Attend ILM Graduate Event

The four computer animation and visual effects students were selected to attend after impressing ILM with their end of year project show reels

The event began with an introduction presentation from Acting Creative Director David Vickery and Director of Studio Operations, Sue Lyster before students had the chance to speak informally to the studio's artists about the work they produce and life at ILM To read the full article click here

Animation Students Sprint To Success

Creative students challenged to create an animation for a leading digital sports agency have sprinted to success. Heading up the judging panel was Shelley Page, Head of International

Outreach for DreamWorks Animation. Shelley, who said she was hugely impressed with the students' work, said: 'I was very impressed by the energy which have gone into all of these projects, as it's not always easy to take on a project initially started by someone else and make it your own.' To read the full article click here

Prize For Teesside Talented Foursome

Four creative Teesside University graduates are toasting awards success after scooping a top prize at a glitzy awards ceremony. Tom Houseman, Alex Price, Phillip

Charles-Sweeting and James Burr are planning to use the prestigious prize to further boost their animation career aspirations. To read the full article click here

The Winning World of Animex

A cosmopolitan winning line-up proves the global popularity of our annual Animex awards. Winners and runners-up came from all over the world – France, South Korea, Canada

and of course the UK. Justin Greetham, head of the Animex Awards, is delighted with the global spread of the awards: 'It's always great to see new work being submitted to Animex Awards from educational establishments which are new to this field " To read the full article click here

University Five Visualise The Prize

A quintet of Teesside University computing students has clinched rare internships with one of the world's leading computer games companies. They achieved the internships with Ubisoft

Reflections as winning prizes in the University's annual Vis (Visualisation) Awards. The six month internships with Ubisoft Reflections are individually worth the equivalent of a £14,000 annual salary and the prize winners complete the placements at the end of their studies. The Vis Awards have also been sponsored by Codeworks and London based Escape Studio's, one of the most successful and well respected Computer Graphics academies in the UK To read the full article click here

Enter Teesside's Vis Awards Now

Teesside University's annual student Vis Awards are fantastic opportunity to showcase your work and offer a great chance to fast track your career. The 2010 Vis awards are split into several

categories designed to recognise and reward animation, games, digital music and software development techniques. Justin Greetham, from the School of Computing, said: 'This is a great time to work in the computer games industry. For our students who are looking to break into this industry, the Vis Awards offer a unique opportunity to fast track their career.' To read the full article click here

Box Office Success For Animex Recipient

A former Animex Awards prize winner has joined forces with celebrated film-maker Tim Burton to release his first feature film. Shane Acker's animated film 9 is a box office success in

his native America, where the film grossed over $15 million in the first five days of being screened in cinemas. Shane was presented with his Animex Award by Teesside University Emeritus Professor in Computer Science and current chairman of the Computer Society's Educational Activities Board. To read the full article click here

Become An Animated Intern at Framestore

A paid internship with one of Europe's largest visual effects and computer animation studios is now available as a competition prize.The University of Teesside's international

animation festival Animex is offering this prize in association with BAFTA winning Framestore CFC, based in central London. Their animation and effects are featured in a range of hugely successful films including Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Chronicles of Narnia. The internship is only available for those who apply to the annual Animex Awards competition. To read the full article click here

Middlesbrough Institute Modern Art

Rare internships are up for grabs as competition prizes for our computing students. The internships are with either the BBC's CBeebies channel, Ubisoft Reflections, one of the

world's leading computer games companies, or Loft Music, a Newcastle-based music company.Justin Greetham, Senior Lecturer in Visualisation and Graphical Applications, added: 'In the current economic climate these awards show that we're helping our students as much as we possibly can. And we're also promoting businesses in the North East, of which Ubisoft Reflections is a good example.' To read the full article click here

Animation From Across The Globe

The University of Teesside is once again inviting the animators from around the world to submit entries to the Animex Student Animation Awards. Following on from the success of

last year's awards, which saw over 350 entries from 25 different countries, this year's competition has three new categories.Justin Greetham, Animex Student Award co-ordinator, said: "Last year was the inaugural animation awards for Animex, and we had an amazing response. With 350 entries worldwide, we could truly call it an international competition. To read the full article click here

Launch of The Animex Awards

Budding student animators from around the world will have the opportunity to show off their skills with the launch of a new, free to enter, international animation competition

organised by the University of Teesside. Justin Greetham, Animex™ Student Computer Animation Awards organiser, said: "The competition has developed from the animation competition we run for our own students into this major international competition.To read the full article click here


Working with the team behind the seminal film Terminator 2, Justin couldn't have asked for a better introduction into the then fledging computer graphics industry in London during the early 1990's. Based at the Computer FIlm Company and then later at the Neville Body Research Studio together with the team at 'Lost In Space' he contributed to a range of award winning projects for film, television and new media that included clients such as the Rolling Stones, Disney, Industrial Light & Magic, Pixar, Passion Pictures, Saatchi & Saatchi, The Natural History Museum, Buena Vista International & United Artist to name but a few.

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