Gavin Mootoosamy

What course did you study?

3D for Visual Effects Production

What’s your favourite movie and why?

Blade 2: This was the film which helped me realize that I wanted to work in the visual effects industry. The creation of the reapers was inspiring. Even though they were ugly looking beasts, they were beautifully created and Guillermo Del Toro did a great job bringing them to the forefront of the story.

Where do you currently work? / What are you working on at the moment?

In the second half of the year, I worked on Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time” with the visual effects studio “One of Us” as a Rigger and 3D Generalist. At the beginning of the year, I had the privilege of working as a character rigger, on a commercial for BP who were celebrating 25 years with Azerbaijan. This was my first job as a 3D artist on a commercial project.  

What work are you most proud of working on and what is your most notable achievement?

The struggle of getting into the industry is the toughest thing ever, but when you get in, it’s a crowning moment. Just knowing that I’ve worked on a Disney film which is going to appear in the Cinema is indescribable and you just feel like you want to learn more and more!

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

Determination. I always wanted to be a part of this industry ever since my school years. I went through a lot to get to Escape, so I was never going to tire or show laziness, even when the pressure was on. Getting into the industry was my personal mission, so determination was the word.

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

My learning experience at Escape was intense, but I didn’t realize as much as do now having worked in a visual effects environment how necessary that intensity was and is. When you are working in the industry you are there to do a job! People are relying on you and there are deadlines that need to be met every day. When you first enter the industry, nobody will expect you to know everything, so if you’re unsure ask and show that you’re keen to learn. The industry is full of wonderful people who want to help you reach your potential.    

What is your advice for those considering entering the industry?

My advice is don’t spend your life in a job that you don’t care about. If you have a passion for visual effects, then do it. It might be hard at first, but stay on course, do everything you possibly can, seek lots of advice. Remember that it’s not just a job, you need to dedicate your time to your craft.

My learning experience at Escape was intense, but I didn’t realize as much as do now having worked in a visual effects environment how necessary that intensity was and is.

Gavin Mootoosamy