Anastasios Agiakatsikas

What course did you study?

Advanced VFX course

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

Being able to learn the fundamentals, both from a technical and an artistic perspective, can really help you down the line. Also having a teacher who has worked within the industry really helps. When I studied at Escape, Nuke was still a propriety software. However by learning how everything fundamentally worked, I managed to easily switch to Nuke.

What are you working on at the moment?

Unfortunately I cannot disclose my latest projects , but some of the most recently announced/completed projects include X-Men Apocalypse, The Legend of Tarzan, Pan and Fantastic Four!

What's your favourite movie and why?

Movies can be so diverse, making it difficult to put one above all. If I had to choose one that got released recently, it would be Jungle Book. The emotion those characters portrayed on the screen and the spectacular environments made the film a beautiful and immersive experience.

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

Try not to stress! This is a fast paced industry with new technologies and techniques being introduced constantly. Also get to know your team, you would be surprised how fast things get done, when a team is working as one.

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

Productive! There are a lot of things you need to learn at the start of anything, so I tried to be productive and pro-active.

What is your advice for those considering entering the industry?

Do some research into the different jobs involved, as there are many and find what you really like.The beginning is always the hardest but the more you practise the easier it becomes. And last but not least, you must be willing to give your best as this job, as it usually requires some dedication, commitment and long hours once that deadline is fast approaching.

Being able to learn the fundamentals, both from a technical and an artistic perspective, can really help you down the line. Also having a teacher who has worked within the industry really helps.

Anastasios Agiaka