Ricardo Ferreira

What course did you study?

Compositing Professional 18 week course  with Klaudija Cermak and Ryan Mullany.

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

In that time the market was changing from Shake to Nuke, and Escape Studios was the first school teaching Nuke, I felt so privileged, and that’s why I feel Escape is always one step ahead in the VFX industry. In the last day of my Compositing course I finished my show reel and, Cinesite hired me to work on Jonh Carter as a roto artist, and all the knowledge from Escape Studios was put into practice and believe me, even the difficult tasks? I was able to do them!

What are you working on at the moment?

At the moment I'm working as a Compositor Supervisor on Hellboy (2019), it's a new challenge in my career. Before, I worked on Thor Ragnarok at Trixter, X-Men Apocalypse and Suicide Squad at MPC Montreal. I can't forget how amazing it was to work on Ex-Machina at Double Negative, such a really cool movie and guess what... Ex-Machina won the Oscar for Best Achievement in Visual Effects. I’m really proud to work with Paul Norris and Andrew Whitehurst and all the team members! Another great movie I worked on and felt blessed to be part of was Avengers 2 – Age of Ultron at Industrial Light Magic, working there was a dream come true, and I feel honored to work with such talented artists on a great show!

How do you feel about Ex-Machina's Oscar win?

I was honestly not expecting the Oscar because we were competing with so many other tremendous productions like Star Wars and Mad Max, that I was expecting that one of the them would get the Oscar. My involvement in this project, well what can I say , I'm a proud digital compositor, I did everything that a 2D Artist can do! I did roto, prep, and till the end of the show I did compositing. Some of the shots were a bit tricky, because the edge of the chin should match the CG and Paul Norris and Andrew Whitehurst are perfectionist so we had to do some tweaks on the CG and roto to get the realistic movement of Ava's body. Also in nuke sometimes we needed to tweak the matchmove with some nuke tracking system, and all the normal processes a compositor does, blending all the CG passes to make Ava very realistic!

What's your favourite movie and why?

For me it is really difficult to choose one because I'm a big fan of the 007 Saga. Since I was a kid I have been watching all the movies, I love the visual effects, the cars and all the action involved, the bond girls, the peculiar characters of M and of course Q. I might risk to say that maybe Casino Royale gets the prize, I just can't forget the last part when the buildings start to collapse and fall down into the water, it really makes us get stuck to the screen, expecting to see more. That's what makes me excited at VFX, it's all about a good story, direction, production and then artists to do the magic that happens!

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

The lessons I learned during my time studying were, keep trying until you get it right, be a perfectionist, always give your best, real wisdom in life comes from doing something and failing. When working be patient, deadlines sometimes are tough to deal, be humble and respect the ideas from who have more experience than you. 

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

Knowledge is the word. I arrived at Escape Studios with a Masters degree in Architecture and a few courses of 3D Max. At Escape Studios I learnt compositing for the first time, in a short period of time, and it was an intensive course, my goal was to learn quickly and get inside the industry. As a student, I tried to focus the most I could in the techniques I was getting from the tutors, and proposed myself new goals every day.

What is your advice for those considering entering the industry?

VFX is one of the most competitive industries in the world, and you need to be original with your show reel. Be a team player, work hard, never quit, and never stop dreaming, soon you will see the benefits of all your efforts!

In that time the market was changing from Shake to Nuke, and Escape Studios was the first school teaching Nuke, I felt so privileged, and that’s why I feel Escape is always one step ahead in the VFX industry.

Ricardo Ferreira