Matteo Sunda

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

Having no experience whatsoever of how compositing worked or what it was, Escape Studios was able to teach me the roots of it; so giving me the tools to start a career in what seemed a dream I put to the side long ago. Working alongside my tutor Jonathan Turner to try and perfect my skills in Rotoscoping as a starting point was definitely the best choice and it also proved to be so.

What are you working on at the moment?

At the moment I'm currently working on Altered Carbon for Netflix, a sci-fi series adaption of the Altered Carbon novel by Richard Morgan. The futuristic vibe to it makes for some really cool and creative visual effects, which is the thing enjoy the most about the show.

What’s your favourite movie and why?

My favourite movie is Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2. Putting aside that I grew up with Raimi's trilogy and that Spider-Man is my favourite superhero; this movie was the one that sold me on wanting to do VFX. I used to spend hours in front of the TV watching how the VFX were done along with all the breakdowns to various shots. And after that I just continued to do it for any movie.

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

Experience. This is because without it I probably wouldn't be working at Double Negative. My time at Escape Studios was spent trying to own the core skills and tools of being a Compositor, so Rotoscoping and Prepping. Understanding Nuke and a couple more programs and how they work is certainly a must if you aim to join this industry.-

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

Composting in Harlots, Outcast, Riviera and now on Altered Carbon. It's been my favourite part of working on these shows because I can see my career progressing alongside my creativity on how to face certain tasks. Being able to Final a shot, knowing what you see is something you created and have it shown worldwide is what makes it notable and also worthwhile. On the first two shows I mentioned I contributed on almost all the episodes that were assigned to DnegTV. As for Altered Carbon I've been on it since the start. Currently I've been moved over to a different show which unfortunately I cannot reveal any details of.

What is your advice for those considering entering the industry?

My advice to those that are considering joining the VFX Industry is to try and master the basics, without those you will not go anywhere. The rest will come in time and with experience. I look back on a year ago and think at how much I've learned in only one year. Try to build friendships in your workplace, and not just have "colleagues". Always be available to help where it's needed and always have a positive attitude. Try to make everyday count and enjoy yourself while working, have a laugh, joke about with your roommates; it will make work way less stressful and more fun. A room that has no conversation whatsoever and only headphones plugged in is boring and quite sad!

What course did you study?

Compositing for VFX (evening)

Escape Studios was able to teach me the roots of Compositing; so giving me the tools to start a career in what seemed a dream I put to the side long ago.

Matteo Sunda