What course did you study at Escape Studios?
How did studying at Escape Studios help you into the world of VFX?
Studying at Escape Studios allowed me to gain knowledge and see how the production environment works and what to expect, when I started working within the industry. It also gave me in depth knowledge of the tools used, and how to avoid potentially costly pitfalls, which could certainly hinder the time to delivery for a production.
What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I am working on a virtual reality series for Medicins Sans Frontier called Doctors without Borders in addition to doing R&D into Matchmoving/CleanUp techniques in 360 panoramas. Previously I lead the VFX (Nuke) team for the KylaLaGrange VR music video, which is currently being used by the Foundry as the main image for launching CaraVR for Nuke, before joining Visualise I was a senior compositor on Stephen Poliakoff's upcoming post war drama Close to the Enemy.
What's your favourite movie and why?
In terms of VFX I have to say my favourite film is 2001. The sheer scale and level of innovation developed for the film and the backgrounds of the people gathered to produce the shots changed the landscape of VFX from that point onwards. Generally though my favourite film is still Ghandi.
What lessons have you learnt during your time studying and your time working in VFX?
The lessons I have learned studying at Escape and working with VFX is always research and stay on top of the latest technologies considering the speed at which they advance. If a shot seems complicated, try a few options, and don't be afraid to ask the other artists you are working with. Always keep your supervisor informed of progress and any forth coming problems you can see.
What is your advice for those considering entering the industry?
Presently the industry is growing at a huge rate, with opportunities presenting themselves all over the world. In addition to this VFX is also becoming a mainstay for VR, which is presenting a whole new set of challenges to be overcome. Always research the avenue you intend to go down.