Gabriel Lopez

What course did you study?

I studied the Masters in Visual Effects back in 2010.

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

I arrived at Escape Studios after taking a few 3DS max and animation masters, I realized that my passion was in the visual effects industry and that's when Escape Studios came into place. It gave me the right knowledge and understanding about the different stages and departments a shot goes through; it also taught me how a VFX facility operates. Knowing how a company's pipeline works and what was expected from me as an artist gave me the right confidence and knowledge to start this amazing journey.

What are you working on at the moment?

After spending a year at MPC working on Jungle Book alongside an amazing and talented group of people. This article from Empire features one of my shots (Mowgli with the wolf) and it gives a 3 stage breakdown! Rising Sun Pictures in Australia gave me the chance to work briefly on Xmen: Apocalypse and a really cool Sky commercial related to it.

At the moment I am working on Dr. Strange at Framestore. 

What's your favourite movie and why?

That's a tricky question, there are so many amazing movies out there and for so many different reasons... I wouldn't be able to choose one to be honest, but I'd say I love Sci-fi films, old classics and new ones. 

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

I've learned that there will be always someone better than you at what you do and love, be humble and learn everyday. This is a massive learning curve. 

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

Enriching!

What is your advice for those considering entering the industry?

Specialize and concentrate in what you are really passionate about, at the beginning I wanted to do everything from modelling, lighting to compositing... it's important to focus on a discipline to avoid that ''Jack of all trades...'' situation, but that doesn't mean you cannot have other interests. Adding those extra bits to your skillset can prove essential in the future. Even though beginnings can prove to be hard, persevere and don't stress, results always come, the industry is rewarding in that way.

The Jungle Book

Escape Studios gave me the right knowledge and understanding about the different stages and departments a shot goes through; it also taught me how a VFX facility operates. Knowing how a company's pipeline works and what was expected from me as an artist gave me the right confidence and knowledge to start this amazing journey.

Gabriel Lopez