CULTURE Hollywood-style education comes to Chinese film school


Hollywood-style education comes to Chinese film school

10:34, October 11, 2018

Creg Cannom instructs a student during the exchange event. (Photo: China Daily)

Oscar-winning film education resources have been introduced into China's film art education to provide high-end, international lessons and foster Chinese film talents.

Creg Cannom, Oscar-winning makeup artist from the Stan Winston School and 2018 recipient of the Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award, joined the faculty group during a two-week Sino-U.S. film art education exchange event that started Sept 26 at the Shanghai Film Art Academy.

Cannom, 67 and a Hollywood prosthetic makeup specialist, said good teaching does not mean telling students to repeat and imitate. Instead, teaching should inspire new thoughts and creations.

The Stan Winston School is the world's premier online destination for learning the art and technology of character creation from award-winning industry professionals. It was named after Stan Winston (1946-2008), American television and film special makeup effects creator known for his work in the Terminator series, the first three Jurassic Park films, Aliens, Iron Man and Edward Scissorhands.

Shi Shengke, president of the Shanghai Film Art Academy, said cooperation with the Stan Winston School is "sustainable" as it integrates film education with the industry. "To achieve real integration, we have combined education, practice and studio work," said Shi.

According to Shi, the academy breaks the system of majors and schools by establishing studios driven by the industry and market. Students working with the studios will mingle with different subjects and have an early chance to get work.

"International partners work with us because we are more than an educational institute – we have strong industry support," said Shi.

The academy partnered with China Everbright Holdings Ltd in 2016 to establish a film industry base that integrates industry resources by purchasing Hollywood productions and working with international filmmakers and academies.

Johnny Lin, Taiwan's Golden Horse Award Winner for best visual effects and another faculty member of the exchange event, said Chinese-oriented films are capable of rivaling Hollywood works.

"Learning from Hollywood does not mean copying and pasting, because we have different cultures. We need people with industry potential who have compound skills and creativity," said Lin.

Founded in 2003, the Shanghai Film Art Academy is one of only two schools in China focused on film. Cooperating with the New York Film Academy, the school boasts 3,000 students across 20 majors including film arts, gaming animation and digital art.

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