Inception man Paul Franklin gets Bournemouth degree honour

Paul Franklin
Image caption Mr Franklin picked up an Oscar and Bafta in the Best Visual Effects category in 2011

A visual effects supervisor who won an Oscar and a Bafta for his work on the film Inception has been given an honorary degree.

Paul Franklin, who has also worked on the Batman trilogy, was made a Doctor of Arts at Bournemouth University where he regularly visits to help students.

He has given guest lectures and offered input to ensure courses stay in line with industry practice.

He said he was "humbled" to receive the award.

Folding Paris

Mr Franklin picked up his Oscar and Bafta in the Best Visual Effects category in 2011 for his work on Inception, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio.

Among the film's most memorable sequences are the city of Paris folding in on itself, and the creation and destruction of "Limbo City".

A number of graduates from the National Centre for Computer Animation, based at the university, work at visual effects studio Double Negative which Mr Franklin co-founded.

Professor John Vinney, vice-chancellor at Bournemouth University, said: "We recognise people who have excelled in their chosen field who will act as inspirational role models.

"We are, once again, delighted with the high calibre of our honorary doctorates and look forward to welcoming them into our university community."

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