Isobel Cotterell

How did studying at Escape Studios help you into the world of Producing?

Studying at Escape Studios really set me up for an entry-level position in Production. I got an overview of the VFX pipeline, got the opportunity to chat with lots of people who were working in the industry and learnt how to use software used by Production such as a shotgun. Andy, Paula and Martin - our tutors - were so happy to help in any way they could, answering questions and adapting the course to what we felt would be most useful and interesting for us. We had CV tutorial sessions and were given advice about interviewing and applying for roles in the industry. All of this really helped me when I applied to Framestore. They really went above and beyond to help us make the next step after the course ended.

Where do you currently work?

I work at Framestore as a Production Assistant.

What’s your favourite movie and why?

This is a really tough one… One of my favourite films of all time is Into the Wild because the soundtrack is amazing and its a really powerful story. I am also a big Lord of the Rings and Star Wars fan, I have watched them all the way through more times than I could count!

What is it like to work at Framestore?

Great! I have received a huge amount of training since starting and felt really welcomed by everyone here. Framestore are working on some really exciting projects too so it’s fun being a part of that!

What work are you most proud of working on and what is your most notable achievement?

I think it’s a bit early on for me to have something I’m most proud of working on… I am very much looking forward to the airing of our short VFX sequence we produced while at Escape Studios! I learnt a huge amount working on that project and had a great time too!

If you had to sum up your time at Escape Studios in one word what would it be and why?

Oh this is difficult one, I could say so much about it! Since I need to pick one word I would probably say informative. I got my job at Framestore largely because of the training I had received while at Escape Studios, it set me up to go on into the industry with a lot more confidence and understanding.

What lessons have you learned during your time studying and your time working in the industry?

I think the main thing for learning is always being curious and asking questions - people are very happy to explain things to you, you just need to ask!

What is your advice for those considering entering the industry?

Don’t give up if it takes a while to break into the industry. Always ask for feedback, it’s the best way to work out what you can improve on! Also, I would recommend doing the Producing for VFX course if you are wanting to get into Production!

What course did you study?

I did the six week Producing for VFX course.

 


   

Always ask for feedback, it’s the best way to work out what you can improve on! Also, I would recommend doing the Producing for VFX course if you are wanting to get into Production!

Isobel Cotterell