Pietro Rastelli

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

Working at Framestore is my first experience since I left Escape Studios and it has been quite a start.  

What are you working on at the moment?

I am currently working in Framestore as an ATD and I am assigned to 3 different shows such as: Spiderman Far From Home, a secret new show for Netflix, and a movie which was not yet announced so I cannot reveal it

What is it like to work as an Assistant Technical Director at Framestore?

My position is a tricky one. I find it really hard to explain it because the work we do as Assistant Technical Directors is so versatile, and can vary so much that in a day we can evolve from animators to scriptors, from roto artists to film supervisors. Best concise description I can give is that we represent figuratively "the first defensive line of the industry". This means that we are the first one "to die", still figuratively. We tackle any possible imaginable problems which may interfere with the pipeline flow.

What’s your favourite movie and why?

Project X. I categorize it as my "favorite movie" maybe just because it is the one I've watched the most.

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

Transitory. Time at Escape Studios felt like a transition phase. The industry-like mood which is perceived at Escape Studios puts you in a state of purgatory, where you are a step away from jumping into heaven (finding a job into the Industry) or falling to hell (tormenting yourself for not finding a job).

What do you find most exciting about working in the creative industry?

Working in the Industry is like a dream come true. Just the idea of sitting at the desk, in front of a PC which displays raw footages of Spiderman for me is crazy. Something very noticeable in the industry, at least for Framestore, is the environment. People are so lovely, and the air you breath is pure.

What is your advice for those considering entering the industry?

My advice, is to believe in yourself, not waiting for someone to believe in you. At the same time however, you need to be aware that you are not the best. This should not let you down. In the contrary it should boost you to strive to do better and learn always more from who is better than you. Being humble and admitting to not know something will put you in a better spot that just pretending to know it. Always smile and never frown, that is pretty much my motto. Being positive and enthusiastic is the key to success, because if something goes bad, it will get better, eventually.

What course did you study?

MA in 3D for the VFX

What I studied at Escape Studios gave me a broad knowledge about the industry tools and pipeline. Essentially it helped me build the fundamentals for VFX awareness.

Pietro Rastelli