Telmo Sousa

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

Let’s just say if I didn’t study there I wouldn't be doing what I am doing now, nor would I feel prepared for it.

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

When I joined ENVY I was a runner and I was still studying at Escape Studios. When I finished my course it took me about two months to have my very first opportunity to work as a roto/prep artist, while still being a runner. Eventually I ended up being promoted to VFX Assistant, where I spend all of my days assisting the Flame artists doing roto and cleanup. Since I started doing roto/prep I did projects for the JFK Library, Nike, Eletrolux, Top Gear and now I am currently doing a Just Eat ad.

Where do you currently work?

I am currently working at ENVY Post Production, more specifically on the advertisement area as a VFX Assistant.

What is it like to work as a VFX Assistant at ENVY?

It’s great! I am really happy to work at ENVY, since I became VFX Assistant, different opportunities and challenges come to me every day, which helps me to develop my skills and knowledge.

What’s your favourite movie and why?

My favourite movie of all time is the Dead Poets Society because the story itself stood with me since the first time I watched it. It’s considered an old movie but at the same time it’s so contemporary, the issues that are portrayed are still happening in our society. But talking on a VFX point of view, I really have to say any of the Harry Potter films, its because of Harry Potter that I am where I am now. When I was a little kid I used to watch them a lot and I remember thinking to myself, ‘I want to be able to do this!’. So yeah, there are two answers to this question.

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

Definitely the JFK project, it was my very first job and the one that I am most proud of! It’s an inspiring promo centred around the first black female astronaut Mae Jemison. It also promotes the new AR App called JFK Moonshot. It was made to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Up until now, I think JFK was the highlight of my short VFX career because I got the opportunity to show my skills not only as a roto/prep artist, but also with CG integration and actual comp.

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

AMAZING! I learnt so much and had the best of times with my class and lecturer, someone that I still keep in touch with. That I am forever grateful for the great classes and the great advice!

What is your advice for those considering entering the industry?

If you are passionate about film or advertisement and the whole behind the scenes process, DO IT! It’s so much fun being apart of something that it’s later broadcasted.

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

The ability to keep your brain active with creative ideas, either from you or from your colleagues, the brainstorming is absolutely amazing! Share and receive creative ideas and opinions is what I live for! For example, every week in my office we do a side project just for ourselves, we choose randomly a theme and a word, and then we create something with whichever software we want, just for the sake of keeping our brains active and productive. Plus the perk of being able to be to dress however you want it’s amazing! I live for ripped jeans!

What course did you study?

2D Compositing for VFX

Let’s just say if I didn’t study at Escape Studios I wouldn't be doing what I am doing now, nor would I feel prepared for it.

Telmo Sousa