Paul will learn from Oscar winner John

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A graduate of Beacon Hill Arts has landed a spot learning from a BAFTA and Oscar-winning special effects artist.

Paul Lycett, 19, a graduate of the award-winning Beacon Hill Arts’ BFI Film Academy will be mentored by BAFTA and Oscar-winner John Richardson.

In a career that has spanned over 50 years, John Richardson has been the special-effects supervisor on nine of the James Bond films, including Moonraker and Octopussy, and all eight Harry Potter films where he won a BAFTA for his work on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, and a BAFTA and an Oscar for his work on Aliens.

Paul will meet John in London later this year to be taken on a tour of the Warner Bros Studios Leavesden, and to chat to him about his work as a special-effects specialist.

Following his graduation from Beacon Hill Arts BFI Film Academy, Paul was selected for this mentorship scheme run by BAFTA and, because of his interest in special effects, was matched with special effects supervisor John.

Paul said: “Thanks to being part of Beacon Hill Arts’ BFI Film Academy, I have been given this BAFTA mentorship and have the chance to meet one of the top special effects people in the film industry.

“I am very excited to be able to discuss my work and plans with John for guidance and inspiration for the future.”