Alumni and Winners – ESMA (2019 CGI Graduation Show)
Big level this year again ! Every year we are blown away ! Personally, it was my first jury as a professional, and a former student of the school. So it was pretty special being “on the other side”, judging and grading the students’ work. Good evening ! And here we are again ! We couldn’t cut the cord ! A lot of nostalgia, indeed ! What a pleasure to watch projects on screen, to see people who believe in their work, you can feel it ! The students are so excited to present their film ! It just makes you want to create projects with them ! It is true that this year, the film quality is good. We’ve seen a lot of special effects of great quality. It’s impressive ! On some of the films, we’ve seen things we had never seen before. It’s really nice, we’ve seen a great evolution, and we’re proud of our successors ! And seeing the teachers again is just magical ! I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the films. I think there were some very good productions. Regarding the VFX, it is clear that the extra year has paid off. Seing them in the making off, all jumping into each other’s arms, laughing, and at the same time struggling…. That’s amazing ! It’s incredible how much they’ve been able to do in just one year ! It has been 4 incredible years. We have been an amazing team ! We have known 4 very intense years, both humanly and technically, we have learned a lot ! I would really like to thank our teachers too, they’ve always been there for us. It’s really a great day, which seemed so far away just a few years ago. And to actually experience it today is just incredible. I am very proud of the whole team, everyone has given their all ! It has been a tremendous year, very intense, we’ve had some very hard times and some really great ones. It’s been 4 magical years, really, and an incredible training. It’s wonderful to work with passionate people like that, and especially to do such an exciting job ! We are very happy, and it’s a lot of emotions today ! And that’s it, I love you all ! We just won a prize for our short film, on which we had been working for a year and a half. It is an incredible experience, during which we have combined animation, dance and music… We have had an incredible privilege actually ! The fact that it was held in the biggest cinema in Montpellier is something really crazy ! It was just unbelievable, we had chills, we had knots in our stomachs, but it was just happiness ! It’s just happiness, a lot of happiness, we’re really proud of ourselves, and very glad to have finally achieved this diploma !