William Jones

What and where is your current role?

My job is a Compositor at Peerless Camera Company, but as I have been at the company for 3 years and am a trusted member of a small team I have been given extra opportunities. Last year on Robin Hood I was sitting in on all client calls and meetings , on the Alienist I led a small team of prep artists on a very challenging shot. Last summer I was invited on set as an assistant to the VFX Supervisor on Spanish Princess and last week I held an elements shoot for Top Boy! Work these days is often varied and constantly presenting new challenges!

What are you working on at the moment?

At the moment I am split between several projects. We are finishing up a very ambitious sequence on The Spanish Princess, which I had the opportunity to go on set for last year. We are also just starting on a Netflix Show called Top Boy, which is being produced by the rapper Drake. I am also doing some Comps on a big horror film that I'm not allowed to say the title at the moment!

What’s your favourite game and why?

Favourite game has been God of War... it's a true masterpiece of its craft. Looks and feels amazing, some of the best voice acting and music I've ever heard and it’s just damn fun!

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

I have had a few! Talking at the VFX Festival last year about a short I worked on called "How to be Human" was an eye opening opportunity for a start, as was going on set! However, last year I was a Lead Compositor on an indie film called "Starfish." I was in charge of a small team of prep and comp artists and was invited to go and see the finished film at Raindance Film Festival in London! It was my first festival and was an amazing experience!

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

"Rewarding!" I did it the hard way and for as long as my course was I was usually the first one in, last one out! I dedicated myself to learning everything I could and although it was very challenging ... I would change a second of it as I wouldn't have been awarded the opportunities I have been if not for that hard work!

How did studying at Escape Studios help you into the creative industry?

I had no Idea how to use Nuke and had never used a node based software! I was aware of some basic VFX techniques in After effects and such but nothing remotely industry level! On the last day of my course we visited Peerless Camera Company so the students could show our work, A few weeks after that I received an email back from the VFX Director, went down for a meeting and have been working there since!

What course did you study at Escape Studios?

I studied the 18 week advanced Composting course at Escape Studios.


  

Escape Studios was an absolute necessity to me. Going from never having opened Nuke in my life to having a job in the industry in a little over 5 months I think speaks for itself somewhat.

William Jones