Meet VCA student Will Beatie
Get to know a student’s experience studying at The University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Music. Will Beatie is studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Animation) at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA).
Why did you choose your degree?
I’ve always been obsessed with drawing. I can’t picture doing anything else. Animation is an artistic medium with zero limitations and a fantastic way to channel that obsession. The best part is the ability to give life to anything you can imagine.
Describe a typical day of study …
Lots of drawing. Hours of it a day. Drawing the same characters thousands of times in slightly different positions can be mentally exhausting. But I feel fortunate to be spending every day drawing bizarre characters.
What has been your favourite experience?
I exhibited a virtual reality experience at Science Gallery Melbourne and screened my work on the Fed Square screen. I loved sharing my art in public settings.
Do you feel connected to your industry?
I’ve met many people in the industry, like Princess Bento, and was involved in Adam Elliot’s upcoming stop-motion film production. Melbourne is a hub for creatives, and being surrounded by so much talent is motivating.
What advice would you give?
Every assignment is an opportunity to create something expressive, memorable, and experimental. Try to make each piece of work valuable to your artistic journey. I’ve also met some of my closest friends through the course, who I look forward to collaborating with in my career, so take advantage of opportunities to connect with other creatives.
What are your goals for the years ahead?
I want to make more art with others. I love collaborating with local musicians to create animated music videos.
You are currently in your final year - how does it feel to have nearly finished?
I’m proud of the work I’ve put in and am grateful for the experience. It’s been great getting to know my peers and teachers who have been so supportive and inspiring. I will always remember walking into such a motivating and positive space to create every day.
Tell us about your graduation film showcasing on the MIFF Play platform ...
I’ve created a 2D animated horror film, After Party, about three friends hanging out after a house party exploring substance-induced anxiety and paranoia. This animation film is a culmination of the style I’ve developed over the course of the degree. •
Photography by Hanna Komissarova.