Carlos Miras

What course did you study?

Compositing for VFX (12 weeks)

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

The Digital Compositing course at Escape Studios gave me the knowledge, the confidence and enough work done for a small reel to start looking for a Junior compositor position in the industry. Then, the recruitment team at Escape Studios, helped me to send my profile to some potential companies and they got me in touch with them. After the first couple of jobs, I landed on Prime Focus where I spent the rest of the beginning of my career.

What are you working on at the moment?

I currently work as a Comp Trainer at MPC Academy Montreal. It's a great role as on one side there's the teaching part, which is something I'm very passionate about, it’s amazing to see how your trainees evolve and get more skilled and ready for the comp floor. But on the other side, the Academy is not just like a regular class, instead we emulate the real production environment here at MPC, I assign shots to the trainees and I supervise them giving them feedback, doing dailies, etc

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

Working on movies like Ghost in The Shell, The Jungle Book, The Martian, Avengers or Terminator Genesis! My role working for these movies varied from mid to senior level. Working on such big projects with so many talented people in both Double Negative and MPC gave me an invaluable experience. It's interesting to see how the approach and workflow changes not only between companies but also between projects. Probably what I enjoyed the most out of the list was working in Ghost in The Shell, where I was responsible for a lot of the look dev, creating and designing the look of the Major's thermoptic suit and the futuristic Hong Kong full of holograms and solograms.

What's your favourite movie and why?

I don't have a one favourite movie. I have many many favourite films, from vfx loaded science fiction movies (like The Matrix or Inception), to psychological thrillers (like Fight Club or The Shining).

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

The main lesson I've learnt during my career is to always give your best in your work with any of your assignments, no matter how small or big the challenge is.

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

Undiluted. I joined Escape Studios with a vague idea of what Digital Compositing was about and without ever having opened Nuke even a single time. I left with enough self confidence and a small showreel ready to start my career as a compositor. The programme, the teacher, the people and the environment, made everything possible. During the 12 weeks, there was absolutely no wasted time and it was not possible to concentrate any more information in that time, that's why it was undiluted.

What is your advice for those considering entering the industry?

I would give two pieces of advice to people starting in the industry. First of all, never give up and work hard, sooner or later there will be opportunities knocking on your door. The second advice is to realise and keep in mind how small this industry is, it is amazing how many times you'll meet the same people in different companies and different parts of the world... keep a good relationship with everybody!

I left with enough self confidence and a small showreel ready to start my career as a compositor. The programme, the teacher, the people and the environment, made everything possible. 

Carlos Miras