Rafael Martins

Rafael Martins has worked for leading studios One of Us and Union; and he’s shared his background details with us, including why he chose the creative industries, an insight into some of the films he’s worked on and advice for anyone looking to get into visual effects.

What course did you study and when?

Rafael Martins studied the Advanced 3D 6 week course at Escape Studios

Why the creative industries?

For seven years I have worked as a graphic designer in many different fields, from typography, general graphic design for corporate and creating website pages layouts and I have also had the amazing opportunity to dip into show production when I was in charge of creating the screens content design for the Kylie Minogue tour, Aphrodite. I have always enjoyed creating effects since I was a child, obviously manually at that time, by creating shows at home with dry ice and using colored lights. I completed the Advanced 3D for Visual Effects course at Escape Studios in 2016 and knew what I needed to do, turning my hobby into my everyday routine and following my real passion. First I worked at Union VFX for 6 months and now I am currently working at One of Us where I have been for almost two years.

What is your current role?

Rafael is currently a Matchmove/Layout TD working on the live action remake of Aladdin. In my current role I work with camera track, bodytrack and Layout. What I love about it is that we are the first department to start on a project, it's a fast paced environment with no time to get bored. With two years of experience I have worked on over 20 movies and series, and hundreds of different shots.

Could you tell us about some of the projects you’ve worked on in the past?

Are there any that stand out for you and why? Even though my official role is Matchmover, in the past year I ventured into lighting and FX in Houdini for a couple of shots on A Wrinkle in Time (2018) and some water simulation for Jurassic World : Falling Kingdom (2018). I also lead the matchmove team for A Wrinkle in Time during the 6 months we worked on the project, it involved a very high number of shots with camera tracks and body tracks, and complex Layouts for FX interactions. My favorite project I’ve worked on so far is Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which involved a very high level of skill as we were dealing with anamorphic lenses on 35mm film and Lidars - long hours of fun. We also won a BAFTA for best visual effects for The Crown in 2017 and an Emmy for best visual effects in a supporting role for The Alienist in 2018, both for Netflix.

What have you worked on / been up to since you left Escape Studios?

Since leaving Escape Rafael has worked on films such as The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Venom and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

What is your advice for those considering entering the industry?

I guess making friends and helping people is a good start as you will go nowhere by yourself. My advice to anyone looking to get started in the industry is to find your real passion as this will show through in your work. The hours are long and if you do not love what you are doing, it will show. And last but not least, believe in yourself, if you don’t, nobody else will.


I would not have done anything different, no regrets. I believe I was at the right place at the right time and was given great opportunities.

Rafael Martins