Elisa Simoncelli

What course did you study?

Compositing for VFX 

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

It definitely gives you a complete perspective on the subject you are studying, some notions you can also learn from tutorials but this kind of school gives you a work method and since the teachers are from actual VFX companies they can share valuable information about how you are supposed to fit in a real VFX pipeline.


What are you working on at the moment?

At the moment I’m working in Milan, both for Sky where I'm working on a stereo conversion project, and for other companies where I work mainly on American films. Back in London I used to work for Milk VFX and some of the project I’ve been involved with are Ex Machina, Hercules, Dracula Untold as well as many TV shows, Dr Who and Jonathan Strange among them.


How do you feel about Ex-Machina's Oscar win?

I feel honored to have worked with such talented people and especially Sara Bennett who did an amazing job not just on a technical level but also in motivating the team, well deserved!

What's your favourite movie and why?

There isn’t just one, some films really influenced me as a kid and got me closer to cinema in general, I’m thinking about all the major film's I grew up with (Indiana Jones, Back to the Future to name a few). Right now I like movies featuring amazing visual effects but also a good storytelling, and what most people outside of the VFX world don’t realize is that VFX are a narrative tool as well.

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

Staying focused and trying to learn all you can from others and try to help others when you can, VFX is definitely team work and the final result should always come first.


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

Adventurous. It was a period of change in all aspects of my life and studying at Escape Studios also means meeting other people with similar interests coming from the most various paths, it’s easy to make new friends.

What is your advice for those considering entering the industry?

I think now is a good moment in the history of cinema to get into this industry, it may look far at the beginning but as long as you are determined you will eventually find the job you are looking for. 

This kind of school gives you a work method and since the teachers are from actual VFX companies they can share valuable information about how you are supposed to fit in a real VFX pipeline.


Elisa Simoncelli