We were delighted to invite Michael Runciman to New-Bridge Integrated College on Monday 14th May to deliver a workshop to our senior Art and Design students. This workshop has been supported by the Carson Bursary Programme and offers students an insight into the possibilities of working with Art and Design after college.
Michael studied Product Design at Edinburgh Napier, during which time he worked on a wide range of different projects developing skills in sketching, researching, fabrication methods, CAD modeling.
During the workshop Michael shared his experience as a student which led to him working with some of the most famous films associated with Northern Ireland including Game of Thrones and Into the Badlands.
“Throughout our university work, telling the story of a product through film was always encouraged, this was one of my favourite parts of the project. During the summers of university my friends and I would make short films, this involved writing the story, making props and costumes and finding suitable film locations around N.I. We are currently making the third installment of The Knights of Huntly Wood, this medieval comedy is currently in postproduction ready for a summer release.
After graduating university, I began working in an Exhibition Design company called Inveresk in Edinburgh, I was there 5 weeks before coming back to Northern Ireland to work on Game of Thrones Season 6. I spent 11 weeks working in the Armoury Department where I got the opportunity to travel to Spain with the team.
This work progressed to model making and having completed multiple courses with Titanic Creative Management, I learnt mold making, sculpting and running and applying prosthetics. Working with Mark Maher in the ‘Into the Badlands season 3’ for nine months was a fantastic learning experience- being exposed to a wide variety of projects and materials. I was extremely grateful to work with Mark and his brilliant team and to all who have supported and encouraged me throughout the years.
I am delighted to be able to share my skills and experience with the senior school art students here in New-Bridge Integrated College, I am confident that this talented group will make the most of the workshop today and I look forward to see what comes of their work within this medium”. Michael Runciman.
We were very grateful to Michael for taking time to work with our art department today, he has been an inspiration to many students.
Mrs Eimear McKeown
Head of Art and Design
New-Bridge Integrated College