Laura Messner, Student Animation/Effects Producing
What have you done before (studies, training, experience through jobs and internships)?
I started studying theatre, film and media studies at the University of Vienna immediately after my Abitur in 2013. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 2016. Although the studies were very theoretical, there were some "practical" courses in between, in which we had to do short and longer camera exercises. Without knowing how to name this function, I always took on the role of the producer. Parallel to my studies I also did some internships, e.g. in an event agency in Istanbul, where I took over the production assistance. In addition to my studies, I also attended a one-month 3D animation course at the New York Filmacademy in New York. After my studies I wanted to test whether production could really be something long-term for me, so I started in the in-house production company of the advertising agency BBDO in Düsseldorf and worked there for a year as a production assistant / junior producer.
What appealed to you about studying AEP?
I've always had a passion for animation and I was thrilled every time a new film came out. The animation course in New York made me realize how incredibly complex and elaborate 3D animation is. Of course I was completely fascinated, but unfortunately I had to find out that I am not suitable as an animator or model or compositor etc.. So I wondered why not combine my fascination with animation with my current interest in production at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg? What could be better?
What is special about Animationinstitut?
Since I started through the lateral entry (entry after the 2. year) into the AEP studies, I think I have experienced Animationsinstitut very differently than the students who started at the basic study level. I came from the world of work and could not have imagined anything more boring than switching back to theory. At the institute, projects start right from the start! It's a way of being thrown in the deep end, but that was the best thing that could have happened to me. To have to find my way on my own responsibility and at the same time to learn a lot of new things, but all this in a safe environment. The "learning by doing" principle is very important here, and yet someone is always there when you have questions or are unsure. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator
What's your daily study life like?
My everyday life as a student varies greatly depending on which phase my projects are in. Accordingly, I have more or less team meetings per day. In addition, there are mentoring discussions that can take place. And then, of course, there are lessons - but the amount also varies. Sometimes there are days when I only have to come to one appointment and I can take the rest off, but there are also many days when meetings, mentoring and lessons coincide, where I have to sit in the office for a long time in the evening to work through emails, minutes and to-do lists. So I have to plan my own everyday life self-responsibly.
What do you take with you from your studies at AI in general/ AEP in particular?
A thousand things! I've learned so much in such a short time that I can't believe that I've only been studying here for 1.5 years. I have another year to work together with many very different people and to experience the most diverse situations. I got the chance to produce a big variety of projects! I think if I had to say what I took with me from my studies, I would say that I'm now very encouraged in the opinion that Animation and Effects Producing is just the right choice for me.
What are you going to do now or after your studies?
I still have a year until I have to make concrete plans. I think I will take my time until then! All I know is that I would be open to move anywhere if it was a great job!
Why should I apply for AEP studies at the AI?
It is a unique experience to study here! No matter which field, if you really want to do it, then go for it!
What do you recommend to potential applicants?
Just try it out! I also sent my application and never thought that I would be invited to an interview. If you meet the basic conditions, then simply apply. You have nothing to lose and you might make it!