Kathy Tsola, Polar Media
What course did you study?
3D for Visual Effects (Online). The Online 3D for VFX course was great. Everything was explained to the last detail and it was perfectly structured. Every week we received detailed feedback from our tutor and I loved the fact that we were able to see all our classmates’ feedback as well! It definitely answered questions that might not have been answered without this feature. In addition whatever our question or problem, it was immediately answered or resolved. It gave me the ability to combine work and study at the same time whilst never feeling I was losing out from physically attending a classroom course.
How did studying at Escape Studios help you into the world of VFX?
It gave me a better understanding of the VFX pipeline and of course a better chance to get noticed and find that difficult first position.
What are you working on at the moment?
After finishing the course I moved to London, initially working on and off for Time-Slice Films which was really fun. I then started freelancing for Polar Media where I am currently working full time as a CG artist.
Working at a smaller studio is great as you get to work on all aspects of a project.
What's your favourite movie and why?
There are so many but will stick to a new one for now which is Mad Max: Fury Road. In my mind it surpassed the previous ones (also on my top movies list). So fast-paced, full of insane stunts and extremely strong and beautiful visuals.
What lessons have you learnt during your time studying and your time working in VFX?
Patience, hard work and teamwork definitely pay off.
If you had to sum up your time at Escape Studios in one word what would it be and why?
Motivating. It gave me the kick I needed to follow my passion, learn more and also make a big life change by moving to London.
What is your advice for those considering entering the industry?
To anyone thinking of studying VFX I would definitely say you have to love it. It’s a very competitive field where you have to continuously stay on top of your game. In my opinion you definitely have to be able to balance the creative with the technical side and be a bit of a computer geek!
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