Matthew Wight

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

I had never even heard of Nuke or Maya before I started at studying Escape Studios.  My knowledge of the Visual Effects industry was extremely limited, all I knew was that I loved movies and wanted to work in the film industry. In the 3 years that I spent studying at Escape Studios I was able to learn everything I needed to know to create a showreel, get a job and start working in the VFX industry at one of the biggest VFX companies in the world. Without Escape Studios there was no way I would have got a job at Framestore.

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

I currently work at Framestore in London in the film department as a Paint and Roto Artist. I am currently working on The King’s Man (2020) which is the prequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014). This is a very exciting project and I think it’s going to be a really great movie.

What is it like to work as a Paint and Roto Artist at Framestore? 

Really exciting, I am working on some of the most amazing movies and everyday is different. Framestore has been a brilliant place to start my career, everyone has been really helpful and supportive. The training at Framestore is so good and it has already taught me so much, which is great for someone who has just started in the industry!  

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

I started at Framestore straight after finishing at Escape Studios and I have been working here for about 5 months. Since I started, I have I worked on a lot of exciting projects such as Lady and The Tramp (2019), The Voyage of Dr Dolittle (2020) and Wonder Woman 1984 (2020).

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

I have learnt more lessons than I could ever have imagined since I started studying and working in VFX and I have barely even scratched the surface. I would say that the most important lesson I’ve learned is to work hard and have confidence. I’ve learnt that if I put my mind to something, work hard enough and have confidence in my ability I can do almost anything.

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

Since I left Escape Studios the project I am most proud of working on is definitely Wonder Woman 1984, this was the first film that I ever worked on, it was a really fun project and I got to work with some really great people. I think the piece work I am most proud of overall though has to be my graduate film, Jericho, I am still blown away by the success we achieved with this project and I will never forget seeing it screened at the BFI London Film Festival 2019.

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

Life-changing. It might sound cheesy but my time at Escape Studios really was life-changing, I learned so much and made the most amazing life long friends. Before attending Escape Studios I never would have imagined that I would be where I am today.

What's your favourite TV Show and why?

My favourite TV show is Game of Thrones, I fell in love with this show the first time I watched it and it has been my favourite ever since. I love everything about it and It is what inspired me to want to work in the industry.

What course did you study?

The Art of Visual Effects BA

If you are considering a career in VFX then Escape Studios gives you all the tools you need, all you have to do is put in the work. Focus on getting that showreel done. (But don’t forget to have fun while you do it!)

Matthew Wight