What’s your favourite movie and why?
What are you working on at the moment?
I am working on two photographic books, a new bamboo home and designing an eco-aware wearable
If you had to sum up your time at Escape Studios in one word what would it be and why?
Vital. I studied art and art history of years. I had painted for ten years before getting into 3D, and yet without Escape I would not have understood colour, light, perspective, anatomy, locomotion, physics, dynamics, structure, geometry, and storytelling nearly as well as I do now. I cannot praise Escape and my mentors there highly enough for stepping up my game. One of my favorite things about Escape, was the ability to sit down with professionals and learn all the tips and tricks that would be needed in a professional environment.
How did studying at Escape Studios help you into the world of VFX?
Superb industry feedback at Escape led myself and two other Escapees to start Supernatural Studios - the platform upon which all three of us kicked off our various creative careers
What lessons have you learnt during your time studying and your time working in VFX?
The two biggest lessons…
1. Don’t stop learning
2. The most expensive thing you have in life is time.
What is your advice for those considering entering the industry?
This is an awkward question for me because I don’t believe 3D is any one industry - it certainly hasn’t been for me…My Escape course has helped me become a modeller, an animator, a lecturer (Supernatural ran the the ‘Supernatural presents…’ lecture series at Tate Modern). I designed and built my own bamboo home in the jungle. In the last decade I have designed everything from furniture and products to gadgets. The course helped me understand and create visualizations of incredibly complex problems for many clients. For me, 3D has been as important as learning another language, sure you can live without it, but why would you want to!
For more on what I get up to, visit www.zissou.com (the product and 3D stuff can be found in the later pages of the work section)
Among many other things, Zissou designed the original Escape Award.