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Visual effects expert walks hand in hand with students

Walter Wong Shu-kei
Senior Lecturer, School of Arts and Social Sciences
Taipei Golden Horse Film Awards and Hong Kong Film Awards nominee

‘The University’s regular working hours allow me to spend more time on computer graphics research and program testing, and to keep myself up to date with the latest software technologies. But more importantly, the students’ passion for animation and visual effects moves and inspires me.’

Walter Wong Shu-kei

Walter Wong was nominated for the Best Visual Effects Award in both Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival and Hong Kong Film Awards in 2014 for his work As the Light Goes Out. The fire and explosion scenes he designed for the film were critically acclaimed for their intensity and shock value. After some ten years in the film industry, Walter decided to take up a teaching position at the OUHK. As he explains, ‘I see it as a way for me to explore more possibilities for myself’.

During his many years with Post Production Office Group, Walter’s department produced a number of outstanding works under his leadership. However, working around the clock meant he never had a chance to relax, let alone make time to learn and develop. In contrast, he says, ‘regular working hours allow me to spend more time on computer graphics research and program testing, and to keep myself up to date with the latest software technologies. But more importantly, the students’ passion for animation and visual effects moves and inspires me.’ He is always happy to share with the students, and his rich and authentic industry knowledge helps students to better equip themselves. Through his professional network he can also arrange visits, internships and other opportunities for them. He encourages the students to get creatively involved with work so as to build better portfolios to demonstrate their abilities and seek out more opportunities in the industry.

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