What course did you study?
Compositing for VFX with Jonathan Turner.
How did studying at Escape Studios help you into the world of VFX?
Studying at Escape Studios made me specialise from the start, which I think for the direction I went in is crucial. I was lucky enough to have Jon Turner as my tutor, who is currently a compositor at Framestore. With his inside knowledge he could narrow my skillset right down so that I could practise and work on exactly what I needed for that foot in the door job, which was at MPC.
I think what Escape Studios gave me that some juniors who are fresh out of University may not have was the confidence of picking up shots and diving straight in. Escape's environment mimics that of a large VFX studio, and the tasks given to you are similar to what you may have in the industry and you are shown how to deal with them accurately and efficiently.
We spent LOTS of time working into the fundamentals of 2D compositing, like Roto and Prep. Having done a lot of training and practising with software such as Silhouette and Nuke, when I got into my first job I immediately felt like I was in a familiar environment.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently headed overseas to join the team at Digital Domain in Vancouver. I’ve just wrapped up supervising the Prep department at Double Negative on a Netflix show; Altered Carbon. This is the first show we have done to this scale in TV and is upwards of 2500 shots over 10 episodes.
Previously at Double Negative I worked on The Young Pope, Hooten & the Lady and Emerald City. Prior to this I was working at MPC on The Jungle Book as a Stereo Roto / Prep artist which was such a great first film to work on.
Working on Jungle Book was great. I knew from the start it would hold a strong chance of winning a lot of awards, based on how much attention to detail was given in every area. It’s a privilege to have your first film credit be The Jungle Book!
Images courtesy of MPC ©2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc.
What's your favourite movie and why?
The Lord of the Rings trilogy is definitely up there. It is such a wonderful story which has been brought to life in such a beautiful way.
What lessons have you learnt during your time studying and your time working in VFX?
The biggest thing I have learnt is that you have to go out and get it. It’s a competitive industry and everyone needs their first break, you need to stand out and make your mark. Whether this is going the extra mile in your showreel and shooting some impressive footage to work with, or simple challenging yourself daily to get better, you need to keep pushing to succeed!
If you had to sum up your time at Escape Studios in one word, what would it be and why?
Exciting! It sounds like an obvious answer but there is just such an amazing vibe in the studio, which is very inspiring to others around you. So many ambitious students all with the same passion as you creating incredible work. Every week we would be learning something new in class, and hearing about fun insights to the industry which just get you itching to start!
What is your advice for those considering entering the industry?
Instead of trying to make contacts, make friends. Our industry is so tight knit, everyone knows everyone. We all look out for each other and help one another find work and get better. It’s also good just to introduce yourself and get to know everyone, your colleagues will become the people you see every day and people work better when they get along!