Luis Mota

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

I had already studied a little bit of compositing with Ricardo Ferreira (also an escapee) during my undergrad in Porto but these were very broad classes because they had to fit within a very general cinema undergrad. Escape Studios took that interest and basic knowledge in comp and provided me with every tool to transform it into an industry level skill set. Especially being an MA, Escape Studios’ tutors demand industry-level performance on every project and make sure you’re able to hit that level. I feel like there’s basically nothing that someone at work will ask me to do that I can’t manage. Escape studios made sure they covered all the bases.

Where do you currently work and what are you working on at the moment?

I’m currently working at DupeVFX here in London. Sadly I can’t really say what I’m working on yet. The most I can say is that it’s a TV/Streaming show. I guess I’ll have to update you guys once it’s released!

What is it like to work as a Freelance Compositor at Dupe VFX?

I don’t even know where to start. Dupe is an amazing company. They’re becoming a BCORP certified company which means they’re extremely focused on every employee‘s well being and being environmentally sustainable. As soon as I started they took their time to know what I could and could not do. They gave me challenging shots straight away but I never felt overworked. The people are amazing there. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a lot of them studied at Escape Studios.

What have you been up to since you left Escape Studios?

During Escape I got to work on some short movies most noticeably “Only the Lonely”. My tutor (Allar Kaasik) offered me the opportunity to work on a shot for this short movie. Although I only actually finished my course now at the end of September, I’ve been working at Dupe since August. Escape Studios’ Student experience team got me this opportunity so I’ve been working on this project since I started.

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

There’s no such thing as bad feedback. I’ll admit that sometimes I’m extremely bad at following this. When you join the VFX industry you are an artist. No one can take that from you but every artist needs tools to make their vision come to life. Everyone has a different setup, gizmo or random tool that you never used before. When someone criticizes your shot they’re not attacking the artist in you. They’re giving you feedback so you can analyze what you did and look at better ways to get to your result. There’s gonna be a point when that tutor, lead, supervisor or whoever it is, is very tired and nervous about something and might be a little more aggressive. Don’t take it personally. Push through that and try to understand what they noticed that you didn’t and if you can’t do that ask them later to explain it better.There are a few lessons but I feel that if you master this one, you’ll be happier and evolve much faster.

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

I guess I would have to say the one I’m working on right now! It’s the first big show I’m working on and I got the opportunity to work on some amazing looking shots. I’m super excited for it to come out so everyone can see it!

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

I would say Thrilling. I moved to London to attend Escape Studios so everything was new for me. Escape Studios for me was a very positive mix. I don’t think I ever learned so much in such a short amount of time. The classes and projects kept the rhythm going pretty fast. As soon as one project was delivered I was already planning the next one. At the same time, the people I met at Escape Studios rapidly became very good friends of mine. The whole team was very friendly and made sure my mind wasn’t thinking about work 24/7 by setting up events and even encouraging some amazing Friday evening pub sessions.

What's your favourite movie and why?

It’s really hard to pick just one! I guess as of right now I would have to say Avengers: End Game. Everything just looks amazing and it’s the final movie from all the characters I followed growing up. The visual effects were amazing but in those three hours, I don’t think I ever got distracted by them. Everything just worked for me. I might have even shed a tear or two.

What course did you study?

I did the MA in Visual Effects Production (Compositing).

 

Escape Studios for me was a very positive mix. I don’t think I ever learned so much in such a short amount of time. The classes and projects kept the rhythm going pretty fast. As soon as one project was delivered I was already planning the next one.

Luis Mota