Games Modelling Student Part of Oscar-Winning Film Team

Second-year student Ahmed Walid helped on the new Spiderman film

Date: 27 February 2019

The 91st Academy Awards took place on Sunday 24 February.

For the last six years, both Disney and its famous subsidiary film animation studio, Pixar, have dominated the Best Animated Feature category. However, this trend has now been bucked, as Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse took home the award – and one of our current students was on the film crew.

Ahmed Walid, a second year Games Animation, Modelling and Effects BSc student, was a part of the film crew that worked to create the award-winning film, working as an Animation Effect artist.

Ahmed said: “I started out as an intern on the team in 2016, and have worked my way up ever since. Within that time, I had the opportunity to learn new art techniques, specifically those used for animating films.

“London Met has helped me greatly in my achievements. Since starting my foundation year on the course, the tutors have helped and supported me so much, making me chase my dreams.”

This is not the first time Ahmed has worked on a professional Visual effects team on a feature film. He has also worked on Beauty and the Beast; Avengers: Infinity War; Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald; and the upcoming, Avengers: Endgame.

Ahmed joins the ranks of fellow Visual effects alumni who have gone on to work on award-winning film crews. Nik Hill, a guest lecturer at London Met, has also worked on superhero films, such as Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Like Ahmed, Nik was part of an Oscar-winning team, after working on the crew for Blade Runner 2049.

Another Cass alumnus, David Vickery, who completed an MA in Digital Moving Image in 2002, is also an award winner. David worked as a Visual effects Supervisor on the Bafta winning Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.