Guillermo Sevillano, Freelance Video & VFX Artist and Motion Graphic Designer at ETB

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Escape Studios was a great opportunity to get in touch with the industry.

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How did studying at Pearson College London help you get into the world of VFX?

I had to come back to Bilbao, my hometown, after my stay at Escape Studios. Here there are less productions than in Madrid or Barcelona but being one of the few people in the area that knew VFX compositing allowed me to work on a couple of feature films and some short films. Now there are more and more projects being done and I often get called to work on them.

Where have you gone on to work and what is your role?

Currently I’m working as a freelance video and VFX artist in Bilbao, Spain. I usually shoot and edit short commercial videos for companies or institutions. I’m also working at ETB (the leading television channel in the Basque Country) as a motion graphics designer for a weekly TV show called “360 Grados”. 

What are you working on at the moment?

I’ve just finished working on the visual effects for two feature films called “Retrato de Mujer Blanca” and “El Bandido” where I mainly did compositing elements. One of those films had around 15 keying shots where the screens were badly lit and pulling the mattes was a nightmare. I really had to try all the techniques I learnt at Escape Studios and some others to get a good result, but I managed to do it in the end. 

What do you enjoy most about working as a freelance?

I could say working on my own allows me to manage the time as I want, not being tied to fixed working hours. However, not having someone looking over your shoulder means you have to be very organised and business-like to not get distracted often and waste money or time. 

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

The main lesson I have learnt is how to deal with the client. There is always a battle between what the client wants to do and what you can offer with the time and budget they have. For that reason, I think Escape Studios did a great job in teaching me what were the best techniques and time-saving tips in order to optimize resources and be able to provide the client with the best result possible. 

What was your favourite part of studying at Pearson College London?

Being able to share the classroom with really experienced tutors or students who were already working in the industry and wanted to polish their skills. That really enriched the experience. 

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

Expertise. Everything involving Escape Studios was professional. Tutors were working or came from VFX companies, the resources we used in the lessons were real footage from films, we went on a visit to a studio; it was a great opportunity to get in touch with the industry. 

What advice would you give to students looking to start a career within the business industry?

Never stop learning. VFX industry is constantly evolving with new technologies, software and more so it is essential to not lag behind. At Escape Studios, you will learn everything you need to know to get a job at a VFX house, but you have to continue updating yourself to keep that job. 

What's your favourite movie and why?

My favourite movie is The Empire Strikes Back from the Star Wars saga. Since ever there has been a VHS at home and I can’t count how many times I’ve seen the movie. I was amazed by all the Star Wars characters and universe and I think the visual effects were groundbreaking. Even those on the non-remastered version still hold up with films today. I have a special affection for that film. 

What course did you study?

Advanced Compositing for VFX