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Published 9th Mar 2011

CCAD 2nd year BTEC extended diploma interactive media students Sam Slater, 17, Sam Brown, 18, & Morag Barber, 20

It was show time for young film makers after they took a look behind the scenes at one of Europe's largest animation studios.

Interactive media students from Cleveland College of Art & Design (CCAD) visited Disneyland Paris to discover how the biggest media and entertainment conglomerate in the world creates its blockbusting animated movies.

CCAD BTEC extended diploma in interactive media lecturer John Stead said: “Disney is the best company in the world for animation, film and game design.

“It was a great chance for our students to see first hand how the work they do in the classroom is turned into practice for the big screen.

“They got to focus on Disney’s studio work looking at how they carry out their filming, animation drawing and special effects.

“It was also a great opportunity to absorb the culture of Disney, look at its film history from Steamboat Willie to Toy Story , its collaboration with Pixar, and to look for inspiration for their own final major project.”

The five day trip gave students time to explore the culture, galleries and sights of Paris.

CCAD’s extended interactive media course provides a move towards careers in television, video and audio production, web design, on-line media, animation and the computer games industry.

Student Sam Brown, 17, of Middlesbrough, said: “Hopefully I’d like to progress to a career in game design so going to Disney studios was amazing for me to see how they design, make and develop their games.”

Sam Slater, 18, of Middlesbrough, who is hoping to move onto CCAD’s entertainment design crafts degree course, at Hartlepool, to pursue her interest in prop making, said: “I’m a big fan of animation and I love Disney’s Monsters Inc.

“It was really interesting to find out how they make the all the small details so real.”

Morag Barber, 20 of Middlesbrough, added: “I’d never been to Disneyland Paris before so being able to go behind the scenes and see what it is like to work in such a creative environment was amazing.”

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