Alessandro Neri, Digital Compositor at Framestore

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Each time you may find new ways to solve some of the most challenging shots and discuss them with extraordinarily talented people and senior artists. 

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

My studies at Escape Studios improved my skillset in digital compositing, introduced me to the VFX industry in London and provided me with support and tips on how to succeed. 

Where have you gone on to work and what is your role?

I am a Digital Compositor. After the experiences in Canada and London, I started working as a freelancer in several cities, including Berlin, Prague, Frankfurt and Barcelona. In this last year I have been working in Australia, but due to the pandemic, I had to come back in Europe. At the moment, I am working remotely from Spain. I have managed to work on such projects as Game of Thrones and the Spiderman. 

What are you working on at the moment?

It’s a secret…but it’s a super fun project! We should be able to release the first trailer in a couple of weeks.  

What do you enjoy most about working in the VFX industry?

What truly thrills me most about working for these companies are the uncountable  opportunities to work in great movies and series, which very often I am a big fan of!  These environments are also a constant stimulus for learning new tricks and improving  my skills. Each time you may find new ways to solve some of the most challenging shots and discuss them with extraordinarily talented people and senior artists. Additionally, my profession provides a lot of opportunities for travelling, and quite frankly, I really like that! 

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

I have learnt to never give up, to look ahead and always see the positive sides. It is a  tough and competitive industry, but once you start working in a company your  experience grows very fast. If you don’t know something, always ask: there are  exceptionally talented artists that are happy to help and teach you a lot of techniques  and different ways to address the challenges that may arise on a day to day basis. My  recommendation is: do your job always with passion and motivation and you will see  that, even during the most stressful moments, you will enjoy what you are doing!  

What was your favorite part of studying at Pearson College London?

I have improved my skill set and met new people and teachers that had a long experience in this career. They gave me useful tips that are essential in this industry!  

If you had to sum up your time at Pearson College London in one word, what would it be and why?

Career-orientated. I learned what to do and what not, the best way to approach to a shot from the beginning and some very essentials and useful skills. 

What advice would you give to students looking to start a career within the business industry?

My advice is to work hard on your showreel. This is our business card in the VFX  industry. Students do not have to worry about how long it takes or in how many projects they worked; it is better to have a few shots that are developed properly rather than a lot of them produced in a poor manner. Additionally, do not give up or be devastated if a company does not reply to you or reject you! Things can always change at the last minute in this industry. Keep following your dreams and passion and you will have a long career with no stress and plenty of motivation! 

What's your favorite brand and why?

I believe my favourite brand is Marvel. I am a big fan of the movies and the final product is visually outstanding in terms of VFX! Working on their shows is challenging, but I am always very satisfied and proud of the work we produce. 

What course did you study?

The Compositing with Nuke short course.