Dublin animator hits the big time with dreamworks
A Dublin college that has produced four Oscar nominees can today add another success to its list -- Ballyfermot college graduate Brendan Carroll has landed a job with the top American Dreamworks company.
Brendan was offered a job with the company that has produced blockbusters Shrek, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda after his work was exhibited at a major US animation festival.
"I graduated this year from the Ringling College of Art and Design (in Florida), and I produced with one of my classmates and friends, Francesco Giroldini, a four-minute animation film, The Monk And The Monkey," said Brendan, who previously studied at Ballyfermot.
"We started the film halfway through our third year and refined the idea over the summer, so it took about one year and a half of constant work on it to get those four minutes done.
"People wonder why it takes so long to do four minutes, but there's a lot of work involved for every frame."
The talented Dubliner said two Irish establishments had set him on the path to his current success.
"I started in Colaiste Dhulaigh and Ballyfermot. I studied animation, they were fantastic. I wouldn't be where I am today without the skills I learnt there," he told the Herald.
"What I remember of Ballyfermot is drawing every day, all the practical work we had to do on a day-to-day basis. They excel in a practical sense, and their graduates end up as very well-rounded artists who can stand out in a professional environment," Brendan said.
Ballyfermot College of Further Education hit the headlines earlier this year when four of its former students received Academy Award nominations for their incredible animation work.
One of them, Richard Baneham, eventually won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects in James Cameron's Avatar.
Brendan, from Rush, moves to San Francisco in October to start work on Madagascar 3.
He is clearly delighted at the prospect.
"At Dreamworks you're going to be working with the most amazing artists that are out there," he said.