Brett Bone

What course did you study?

Compositing for VFX (12 weeks)

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m currently working on a tv series called ‘Troy: Fall of a City’, for Netflix and the BBC.

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

I worked on a film called Lean On Pete (directed by Andrew Haigh) on the most difficult shot I’ve ever worked on in my career (so far!) – a 2 minute long epic take that took around 5 months of work to complete. I also did a pretty large shot on Paddington 2 which I’m proud of too. However, even though it’s been a few years, I’m still proud of my first showreel.

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

Practical.

I say this because it focused solely on teaching vocational skills that were needed for the job and I liked that. 

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

I would say the biggest lesson I’ve learnt (and am still learning!) is patience. At first it was incredibly difficult for me to sit down and focus on something for hours on end but as I practiced being patient and approaching tasks in a calmer manner my work improved a lot. Another big one for me is to listen intently on what others have to say – I’ve learnt a lot from other people from doing this. 

What is your advice for those considering entering the industry?

I would say make your reel personal – shoot your own stuff if you can or work on other people’s films. That way recruiters will be watching something fresh as opposed to stock footage they’ve seen over and over again.

What's your favourite movie and why?

I have many but to name my top one would have to be ‘Seven’ directed by David Fincher. For me, this is a perfect film – perfectly shot (by Darius Khondji), perfectly paced and a perfect script with one of the greatest endings of all time. For me personally, it’s a masterclass in filmmaking. 

I would say make your reel personal – shoot your own stuff if you can or work on other people’s films. That way recruiters will be watching something fresh as opposed to stock footage they’ve seen over and over again.

Brett Bone