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Stormtroopers from the 99th Garrison visit the Creative Technology Department

Published: Mon 7 Oct 2013
Stormtroopers from the 99th Garrison visit the Creative Technology Department

Date: 24/04/13 time 1pm-5pm
Who: Stormtroopers from the 99th Garrison, students from the CreativeTechnology animation and games courses.
What: Stormtrooper life drawing session

At Bradford, we are Geek positive. We understand that students on our games and animation courses have a passion for classic Geek pursuits, from sci-fi and Anime films to all sorts of computer games and even Cosplay. In fact, our lecturers do too! This is one of the reasons why lecturer in Computer Games Kaye Elling organized for two Stormtroopers from the 99th Garrison to visit the Creative Technology Department. This isn’t just for fangirl reasons, but has a sound academic rationale too:

"Creative workers in computer game graphics, animation and visual effects industries often work with existing intellectual properties and the creative designs of others. International franchises like Star Wars are constantly developing new media products on all sorts of platforms. Students aiming for careers in these sectors need to practice observing and deconstructing the aesthetics of strong existing brands now, so they can demonstrate skills in this area when they graduate. And of course, who doesn’t want to meet a Stormtrooper?"

This is why, on Wednesday April 24th, two Stormtroopers from the 99th Garrison attended the Creative Technology Department in our School of Computing, Informatics and Media. They posed for students at specially organised observational drawing and photo-shoot sessions, before taking a wider campus tour. Students studied the fine detail of trooper armour and weaponry that is identical to that worn by the actors in the original 1977 Star Wars film A New Hope.

"It's been a surreal but wonderful day. We’re immensely grateful to the 99th Garrison for offering their time to our students. The Garrison operate on an expenses-only basis, offering their personal time as a way of raising money for charity, so everyone got something out of the event.” Says Kaye, adding that the session managed to raise £260 for www.dreamflight.org, one of the many charities the garrison supports. Dreamflight takes children with terminal illnesses on holidays of a lifetime to Orlando, Florida.

Given the success of the day we can expect to see the 99th Garrison on campus again in the next academic year, and most likely with more familiar faces from the Star Wars films.

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