Melina Kapota

What course did you study?

Advanced Compositing for VFX course

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

Studying at Escape Studios really helped me understand the VFX pipeline and prepare me for the industry's demands. Also it helped me develop my shots to be industry ready for my showreel and get my first job. I would definitely say the best part of Escape Studios are the teachers. They have a lot of great experience and are always willing to guide you and give you all the tips and tricks that later on will help you get into this industry with more confidence.

What are you working on at the moment?

During my time at Cinesite I worked as a Roto/Paint Artist on Pride, Prejudice and Zombies, Now You See Me 2, The Last Witch Hunter and The Revenant which was nominated for an Oscar! It was a great experience to work on all of those projects!

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

Sharing knowledge is probably a very essential lesson that I learned in this industry. Always try to learn as much as you can and of course share whatever you know in return. Be able to take any criticism and be able to work in a team. Be nice! It's somehow a "small" industry so you will probably work with the same people at some point, so personality always wins! Also, being humble and patient is very important.

What is your advice for those considering entering the industry?

One of the most basic things is to try to network yourself. Get LinkedIn and pay a lot of attention to your showreel. And of course the most important part is to love what you do! We are making movies so have fun with it!

I would definitely say the best part of Escape Studios are the teachers. They have a lot of great experience and are always willing to guide you and give you all the tips and tricks that later on will help you get into this industry with more confidence.

Melina Kapota