Davi's Visit to Malaysia - HKVFX Collaboration

Davi Stein

By Davi Stein, Head of 2D at Escape Studios

We recently caught up with our Head of 2D, Davi Stein to find out more about her recent trip to Malaysia! Whilst overseas, Davi was working on a collaborative project involving Escape Studios and the HKVFX School with Hussin Khan

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The SIGGRAPH 2016 Student Volunteer Program is a unique opportunity for students to engage in all areas of the conference while contributing behind-the-scenes to the overall success of this prestigious event. The benefits of being a Student Volunteer extend beyond the free full conference registration and include:
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Day 1
Nuke V10 Malaysia Launch:
The day begins meeting Norman, Southeast Asia representative from The Foundry. He's a friendly chap with lots of stories on how Nuke's use is growing in the region. It's a slower switch-over from After Effects compared to the UK market, but some companies are definitely seeing the benefits of using it in various industries, not just VFX.  For example the co-owner of Architree, an innovative architecture pre-visualisation company has successfully switched to Nuke, and they spoke at this event too. It was exciting to hear about the Nuke market within Malaysia and its potential!

During the event, I spoke about 'Creating the next generation of VFX artists', including how the industry is changing and how the needs of schools, training facilities and businesses need to keep up-to-date with international markets and their industry demands - lots of interesting stuff! Afterwards, I had a great opportunity to tour Architree, near Kuala Lumpur (KL) and meet their artists and share some Nuke tips that might help to progress their workflow on a difficult upcoming project. 

Davi Stein's trip to Malaysia
Davi Stein's trip to Malaysia
Davi Stein's trip to Malaysia

Day 2
Press Conference
This was the big day, where we announced the collaboration with HKVFX and Escape Studios, part of Pearson College London! MDEC, the Malaysian Digital government organisation promoting media in the local economy, Hussin from HKVFX, and I attended a press conference sharing the details of the first steps of our partnership. This of course included many photo opportunities during the contract exchange.

Afterwards I had the privilege of being a guest speaker to around 50 university students, where I shared Escape Studio's tips and tricks on creating a killer showreel to compete in the international market. They were a lively bunch, with great questions, eager eyes and they were all keen to get ahead in the VFX industry!

Day 3 and 4
Nuke Workshop at HKVFX

I taught a 2 day Nuke workshop from an advanced beginner level to advanced, giving the attendees a wide range of Nuke's capabilities. Many of them were teachers from universities making the switch from After Effects to Nuke in their classrooms. They were a fun group and eager to learn more, so 2 days was not enough!

Day 5
BFM Radio Interview

I had an early start on day 5; Hussin and I drove to a local radio station near Kuala Lumpur for an interview. The lively and vibrant, Freda, radio producer, interviewed me for her segment on 'Women in Technology'. Watch this space for the live podcast link soon!

Davi Stein's trip to Malaysia

I had a fantastic time in Malaysia and look forward to other future collaborations between Escape Studios and HKVFX...watch this space!

Davi Stein's trip to Malaysia

Find out more about the partnership between HKVFX and Escape Studios on various online publication in Malaysia: BHOnline, DigitalNewsAsia and Myinforms

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