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Working for Walt: DMU graduate part of Disney success story


Walt Disney’s Frozen has become the highest-grossing animation film ever -­ and a De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) graduate helped create its incredible special effects.



Ben Frost, who graduated in Multimedia Design at DMU, has been with Disney for more than a year helping to create the FX magic in its movies.

His CV includes the likes of Gravity, Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows and Avatar and he is now based in California with his wife and son.

Ben, 31, was inspired to study at DMU after seeing Lord of the Rings in 2001.

After completing a foundation course he then went on to do multimedia design where he learned computer graphics, graphic design and game design. “When we got to animation, it became instantly apparent that was what I enjoyed.”

Ben’s story is featured on the front cover of the Leicester Mercury’s More magazine this weekend (out Saturday, 28 June) with a three-page feature inside.


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Ben is now working on Disney’s next cinematic offering, Big Hero 6 – a 3D computer-animated superhero film inspired by the Marvel Comics.

DMU’s Leicester Media School runs courses which enable students to work in a technology-led environment. With industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching it is the perfect founding for a career in creative industries. 

Photo supplied by Leicester Mercury

Posted on Monday 30th June 2014

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