What course did you study?
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 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.
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 :)