Kim Bryde

What course did you study?

Compositing for VFX course

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

I actually studied to become an artist and ended up taking the production route- I completed the 12-week full time course in 2D compositing, then married that skill with my communication prowess and business acumen to catapult myself into the world of post-producing for commercials! Escape provided me with a high level education not only on Nuke operation but also on the VFX pipeline as a whole. The name recognition also helped, of course! Escape is a world-leader in VFX education and a household name in the books of recruiters. Everyone in London and beyond knows about the cool stuff they do and how awesome their alumni are! 

What are you working on at the moment?

I'm currently living in London and working at The Mill as a Producer, and having an absolute blast!

What were you doing before starting your course at Escape Studios? 

Before Escape, I was working in New York at a startup called StudioLiveTV, an online video platform for exercise videos with a focus on yoga. As startups tend to go, my title of "Production Manager" involved wearing a ton of hats, from shooting to editing to client services to sales! We shot all over the world, from New York to Sedona to India. Very cool experience. Oh, and of course, if you're ever feeling like a sweet workout but don't feel like leaving your flat, definitely check them out. Their online video library has loads of content, and one of the providers actually has a studio just outside of London!

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

During my studies at Escape, I learned how to operate Nuke, Mocha, and Silhouette. On the job at The Mill, I've learned a lot about working with various personality types, in regard to both artists and clients.

How quickly after completing your course did you secure your first job? 

I finished my course at the end of May 2015 and started at my first gig in New York about a month later.

What is your advice for those considering entering the industry?

For aspiring producers, I have 2 nuggets of wisdom. Firstly, I'd say take a short course or two on Nuke/Maya/AfterEffects operation to understand the pipelines- familiarity with software platforms is essential to keeping production lean and efficient. It also helps with artist/producer relationships- if the artist respects that you know your stuff they'll get stuff done faster (and with a smile!). I got my first job in VFX in part due to my intensive Nuke background.

Secondly, to find job opportunities, follow as many post houses as possible on LinkedIn and don't be afraid to drop a message to recruiters or current production managers introducing yourself! A good producer is a good networker. If you're already at a company but running and are looking to move up, don't be afraid to strike up conversation in the kitchen with current producers! We're a friendly bunch and love cultivating young talent :)

Escape is a world-leader in VFX education and a household name in the books of recruiters. Everyone in London and beyond knows about the cool stuff they do and how awesome their alumni are!  

Kim Bryde