So you’re 15 and you’re already thinking of attending gobelins ? thats great actually because you have a lot of time to think about what you’ll have to put in your portfolio and what to practice ….
I dont know how much you’ve heard about gobelins (but you know one of the third years’ short animation was recently nominated to the oscars ! the school is really proud an is receiving a lot of visitors, we recently had a visit from san francisco mayor !) but it’s a 3 years cursus. First year is dedicated t 2D animation, we work a LOT by ourselves on small exercises (walking cycles, acting, lip synching … etc) then comes the second year that is mostly dedicated to 2D animation, but they start on FX and work in groups on the annecy openings. There is a little 3D, but all the 3D teaching will be during the last year ^^
Usually when you want to attempt the entrance exam, the first time wont work (some people got in right after high school but that’s pretty rare ….) because you have to take the test in order to really see how everything is going, and to grasp the reality of the exam.
The firs time i took the test -(it’s during a whole day : morning you start with logic and perspective, which is a pretty useless exam just to check whether you know basic physics rule or not (1h30 minutes) then you have the character animation exam. This one is 3 hours long and is really tidious. It’s the poart you ahve to do the best because it’s the first thing th ais getting corrected thus if you raise enough points on that step you have higher chances to get trhough all different steps of the written exam. Then there’s a break during which you can eat and relax. On the afternboon you’ll start with a multiple choice questionnaire and an essay to write in french. Well it’s more like you have to write a text, so they can see whether you can speak/write french correctly so people can understand you since communication is a really important quality to have in animation. After that you have the story board exercise that lasts for 3 hours )- I failed the first exercise (character animation) and I was really disappointed cuz I thought I would never have the level to get in. Thats why you have to try over and over again because sometimes luck can have a slight role to play. Some people in my class took the exam 3 or even 4 times before getting in.
The most important exam parts are first the character animation (you’re given model sheet and you have to draw them in actions they ask you ..) then the storybard and after that your portfolio is judged. Usually is you pass the portfolio test then you’re pretty sure you’ll be admitted to the interview.
The interview is a pretty nice part of the entrance exam. You’re given a movie to watch (5 minutes approximatively, we had a sequence of requiem for a dream) and then you’re going to see part of the teaching team of gobelins. They’re gonna ask for your portfolio and film analysis. It’s more in ordert to know what kind of person you are, to see if you’d fit well with the other candidates they chose and if you’d fit well in gobelins as a general thing.
This year we have a german student of the filmakademie with us (and she speaks french pretty well i must say !) and also a cal art student that joined us on january.
Now I’ll link you to some people’s portfolios …. :p you’ll see that most gobelins portfolios look the same, you have to kind try being a little original and to know how to draw a lot of different things ^^
this is my portfolio, you can click to enlarge (I think loadig up all pages will take some time :d )
here is the book of somebody in my class (thus who got in)
this is one of my friend’s. He didnt get in but he really had the level for it … well it’ll give you an idea ^^
mail me back if you have any other questions (=