Zlaten del Castillo

What course did you study?

Advanced 3D for VFX (18 weeks)

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

Escape Studios provided me with the skills needed to put my feet in the industry and made me understand how it works. What companies are looking for in a graduate and how to get noticed by the relevant people.

What are you working on at the moment?

I am working on a lot of 360 advertising, from on set supervision to final delivery. Because it is relatively new there is a lot of pipeline development and new software and hardware releasing every month so it is a very exciting format to work with. I am also working with Lidar scanning and photogrametry as I think they are going to be the next big thing in post.

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

Technical skills are very important but creativity is what really adds value to an artist. Tools will change all the time and can be learned fast. Learning the way to solve problems and finding the mindset to think creatively about them takes time but can be applied in any scenario.

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

I supervised a Seat advert in 360 that was quite a challenge as there were no production ready 360 tools by the time we were doing the post. We had to build an office from scratch and teach the new artists how to work with the footage and develop custom tools at the same time. The turnaround was tight and there were a lot of things that we did not really know how to solve in the beginning. It was a very challenging project but exciting at the same time.

Check out some of my work on the project

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

Intense.

We were learning a lot of things every day and it was important to try to assimilate and understand as much as possible. Luckily everyone in the class, from students to tutors, were very supportive and always happy to help each other.

What's your favourite movie and why?

I don’t think I have a favourite movie, there are too many that I like. If I had to choose the one which made me flip out and made me realise how cool the effects were then that would be, like for many other people, Jurassic Park. In general, I enjoy watching movies that use as many practical effects as possible and leave the digital side for the impossible shots.

Everyone in the class, from students to tutors, were very supportive and always happy to help each other.

Zlaten del Castillo