What course did you study?
How did studying at Escape Studios help you into the world of VFX?
The course at Escape Studios was amazing! I learnt all the technical knowledge of compositing needed to enter a studio at a junior compositor level and their contacts in the industry with companies such as Framestore and MPC meant that you had a foot in the door at the end of the course.
Escape gave you the chance to talk to people who had a wide range of backgrounds not only in the VFX industry but sometimes, even in other areas of the film industry. Some of the teachers and students had personal projects of their own on the go and it was great to have the chance to either collaborate on them or even just talk about them. It seems there was something to be learnt in every corner of the building! Being able to speak to all these different kinds of people was a very enriching experience for me.
What are you working on at the moment?
Today I'm mainly the CEO of Nerdeo, a collaborative platform for indie film and games. However, I do freelance occasionally as a VFX supervisor or senior compositor if the project is just right! Nerdeo, is what takes up most of my time as our user base of VFX artists, composers, filmmakers, recent graduates, etc. is growing fast.
We are currently in open beta and receiving a lot of positive reviews from both project owners and freelancers. Our aim is to collect as much feedback as possible at this stage so we can build a platform that suits the indie artists and gamers needs. What's keeping us busiest at the moment is our two new features, soon to be launched; a full invoicing system linked to PayPal and whole new map view linked to the freelancers and project owners availability. At the moment there really is nothing like our platform out there.
What's your favourite movie and why?
Fight Club is one of my favourite movies. The acting, the invisible effects and the twisted storyline really struck me when I first saw it on the big screen. I love the final scene of buildings crumbling as he holds a gun to his mouth... the VFX, for the time, was pretty revolutionary.
What lessons have you learnt during your time studying and your time working in VFX?
In class there's little pressure to get things done to a particular time frame and it's great for letting your creative juices flow. Working in the industry as a compositor, specially in commercials, means working to nearly impossible deadlines, the pressure is much higher so you have to find ways of achieving a beautiful looking final shot, in the fastest possible way. This means carefully structuring your day and your comp to make sure you hit that deadline!
Then there's working for big post houses such as MPC and Framestore, which means you get to sit alongside the best artists in the world. Looking at their scripts, asking them questions and seeing how they work is simply invaluable. This is where I learnt the tips and tricks that made me stand out of the crowd.
If you had to sum up your time at Escape Studios in one word what would it be and why?
Fun. Our tutor at the time, Mark Pinheiro, made us laugh while also teaching us some very difficult technical concepts. There was always a lot of socialising after class at the downstairs bar, which broke the ice pretty much immediately.
What is your advice for those considering entering the industry?
Work hard! It's an industry full of very intelligent and hard working people. Always make sure you know how to use the newest features of your software of choice and that you're up to date with the industry news. if you want to get up the ranks faster, always look for side projects to collaborate on, so you can get to do what you would like to be doing professionally, and get that on your showreel/CV.
To find out more about her exciting projects, visit Caroline's website