Meet the Animation graduate from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) who put the cape onto the Caped Crusader himself.
Gareth Harbuz, who graduated in 2008, has carved out a stellar career working on blockbuster movies included Batman: The Dark Knight Rises
, Iron Man 2
and Les Miserables
to name a few.
He started his career working at London-based enterprise Double Negative – an Oscar-winning visual effects company that specialises in feature film – and now works as a creative at a design company in Nottinghamshire. And Gareth credits DMU with giving him the guidance to help him land his dream career.
Gareth, who graduated with First Class Honours, said: “I can safely say that I wouldn’t have had the career I’ve had without attending this course at DMU.
“Over the three years, for me, it all came down to one moment. I was about to pass up on working on an industry brief set by Double Negative to work on a character animation instead, when my course leaders intervened and strongly suggested I rethink.
“They could have easily let me continue, but they knew my strengths and had seen an opportunity that I hadn’t and they made the effort to make sure I took it.
“This led to a great relationship with the head of 3D at Double Negative, which led to a job – which I had secured months before graduating – which led to six amazing years working on feature films in London.”
During his time at the company, Gareth worked on many movies, including as a lead effects artist on Hercules (2014), a technical director on Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and as the lead cloth effect technical director on Batman: The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
Gareth added: “When Double Negative came to visit in my final year at university, their recruitment posters at the time read: ‘Could you make Batman fly?’ – Well, I didn’t get to make him fly, but I did make his cape!
“When it comes to DMU, I enjoyed the varied approach to the course. I learned a broad range of skills, from modelling to animation, lighting, rendering and compositing. I felt well supported and encouraged, and had the time to be able to carve a path for myself.
“I would recommend this course to others, and I often do.”
Posted on Tuesday 1st December 2015