Dave Walker

What course did you study?

Advanced 3D for VFX

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

Before studying at Escape, one of my main barriers of getting into the industry was my lack of confidence. Since studying at Escape I have not only enhanced my skills, but built up my confidence and determination in pursuing my career in VFX.

What are you working on at the moment?

Unfortunately, I cannot say what I am currently working on, other than it is a super cool film that is due to be released at the end of the year. The first film I ever worked on was SYNC, which is a short film that I worked on whilst studying at Escape. Other films I have worked on since starting in the industry are; Alien Covenant, Doctor Strange, Beauty and the Beast, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2.

What's your favourite movie and why?

My favourite movie is Stardust. I remember way back when I was at Uni, Double Negative came in to do a talk on the work they did on the film. It was after this talk that I decided VFX was for me, and the film has stuck with me ever since.

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

Whilst studying, everyone is in the same position, and people pick up different aspects of the course quicker than others. So I learnt that you can never be scared to ask for help, whether that is your tutor or your peers.

What were you doing before starting your course at Escape Studios?

Before Escape, I was mainly working as a shop assistant, I also did a bit of freelance work as an animator and motion graphics artist.

How quickly after completing your course did you secure your first job?

I landed my first VFX job as a runner at Double Negative, which was 8 months after finishing my course at Escape. I used these 8 months to complete my showreel whilst continuing to use the facilities at Escape, as well as picking the brains of the studio assistants and tutors! A month after I started my first role as a runner, I was successful in gaining my current role at Framestore as a Matchmover, I have been in my current role for just under two years now.

What is your advice for those considering entering the industry?

Make sure you work hard and stick at it. It can be a difficult industry to get into, but don’t lose motivation, with a lot of determination, passion and resilience you will get your foot in the door! But most importantly have fun.

Before studying at Escape, one of my main barriers of getting into the industry was my lack of confidence. Since studying at Escape I have not only enhanced my skills, but built up my confidence and determination in pursuing my career in VFX.

Dave Walker