What course did you study?
Compositing for VFX taught by Hugo Guerra.
How did studying at Escape Studios help you into the world of VFX?
Escape Studios was my platform to jump into the work environment. I gained knowledge that was focused on how to approach the tasks in the real work environment. After finishing the course I had all the necessary tools to get into the industry and continue learning.
What are you working on at the moment?
I just finished working on Star Trek: Beyond and I was recently working on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I was a compositor through the last few months of the movie (approx 4 months) and I was developing, with the sequence lead, the look of the the New York set extension for one particular angle of the sequence. I worked on several different looks of the city after the temp delivery. I had the base of the look coming from temp and I developed it from there working on several versions, sending them to the client and to the VFX supervisor in London. We had 3 major looks and then we kept going with the one that was picked from the client and director. Once we established the look it was a matter of doing all the necessary refinements to make the shot perfect and look photographic and realistic. After the shot got declared final, all the other artists on the same sequence, picked up the look and matched their shots to mine. This shot is not part of the trailer unfortunately but it will be in the movie!
The other 2 shots were not very different but I developed the look for the crevice on the ground and I picked up the look of the city from another hero shot and matched to it. The 2 shots were quite similar and you can see one of the two in the trailer at 0.40 seconds. You can see the contest of those shots in a sequence in this trailer from 0:06 to 0:24 seconds.
Images Courtesy of Framestore and Warner Bros. 2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
The versions you see there were temporary and not final but it gives a good idea of how the sequence looks like. The second shot in the order is the hero shot for the specific angles from which I picked up the look to match my other 2 shots to regarding the city and buildings!
Other movies I have worked on include Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, Hercules, Skyfall and Interstellar.
What's your favourite movie and why?
The best movie I have worked on is Interstellar because it was really well organized and even if the work was really hard and I was working long hours, it was really good to see that the effort put in every single shot was paid back by the stunning final result.
What lessons have you learnt during your time studying and your time working in VFX?
There is always room for improvement and this is industry is in continuous evolution and it changes very fast so the learning curve is always upwards even while working. There is not a moment where you can say "Now I know everything". There will always be something new to learn or some different way of doing something.
If you had to sum up your time at Escape Studios in one word, what would it be and why?
Skills. Escape Studios gave me all the necessary skills to prepare myself for the difficult tasks that every artist has to face every day. Those skills were very important to have because they were the base for a great start and a really good starting point to learn even more on the job.
What is your advice for those considering entering the industry?
My best advice would be to focus on your showreel. It has to be focused on the discipline you are aiming to, especially if you are applying for a big company. It's good to have multiple skills shown in the reel but the majority of the shots should be the best showcase of your skills in the specific discipline you are applying for.
2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Images Courtesy of Framestore and Warner Bros.