Georg Finch

Job title
Senior Lecturer
Email
georg.finch@falmouth.ac.uk
Telephone
01326 253709

Georg Finch joined the school of Film at Falmouth University in October 2008 to help with the fledgling digital animation course. Georg was teaching for 8 years at the National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA) at Bournemouth University, where he was the programme leader for the internationally renowned MA in 3D Computer Animation.
Nearly all of the major Hollywood blockbusters from the last 10 years have had some of Georg's ex graduates working on them, along with graduates having won all kinds of awards including Oscars. 
With this pool of graduates in the industry; Georg adds a new range of contacts from all the major film post production houses such as Dreamworks, Pixar, Weta, Smoke & Mirrors and UK based Framestore, Cinesite and Double Negative to name just a few. These connections ensure that the CGI teaching at Falmouth is current to the industry practice.
His introduction to computer animation was slightly unusual, in that his undergraduate degree was Biological Imaging with a specialism in Palaeontology. Upon leaving, Georg looked into photography as he had been brought up in a London fashion studio. Digital imaging was just coming to the forefront, and a trip to the animation course at Bournemouth to talk through possibilities led to a place on the masters course. A very different course to now, there was a heavy aspect of programming and maths and very little teaching of industry practice. After the MA, Georg spent a year and a half as an animator for ‘the cupboard’ making simulator ride films, one of which was projected onto a waterfall in China. Whilst working at ‘the cupboard’ he helped teach this software at the NCCA and eventually taught full time, first as a technical assistant in Digital Effects and then as a full time lecturer.
Georg left Bournemouth in 2006 after having got the Masters programme to the highest level he could within the current structure (it was listed by 3D world as the no. 1 place in the UK to study) and the desire to work on an undergraduate programme with more emphasis on the creative use of the media rather than just technical prowess.
He specialises in the teaching of the complex 3D animation side of the course and compliments the expertise already in the teaching team.
Outside of teaching Georg has a passion for building and driving unusual vehicles, so please tell him if he comes to work with oil on his face.

Qualifications

YearQualificationAwarding body
1999
MA 3D Computer Animation
Bournemouth University
1998
BSc(Hons) Biological Imaging
Derby University

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

Practice based, offering consultancy for low budget VFX films through the cross channel film project.
Director of Photography for the multi-award winning (BAFTA nominated) film "Island Queen"
Extreme camera work and VFX for "Barn Storming" (Wingsuit film with Jeb Corlis and Jhonathan Florez, wingsuit cameraman)
Stereoscopic post-production with Zoran Perisic
Pipeline creation for fast turnaround Motion Capture with facial Puppetry (with HeadCast and Todd Amos)

Teaching

Areas of teaching

Computer Animation
Animation craft theory
Programming
Computer graphics Maths
Digital and physical lighting
Digital Pipeline
Stereoscopic filmwork

Courses taught

Animation and VFX
Computer Games (Animation)