Tell us about yourself?
Before arriving into the VFX industry I studied traditional Painting and Fine Arts at the Arts University at Bournemouth, Then leaving university I decided to move in into the VFX industry and trained at Escape Studios. After training at Escape Studios I began running at The Mill and got experience on a couple of pieces. While running at The Mill I was offered a position as a 3D Generalist at a new Boutique VFX post house opening in Soho called Gramercy Park Studios where I am today.
What got you interested in VFX?
When I was in high school I was at a family friends house for dinner. Their Dad noticed I enjoyed drawing and painting. He took me to his studio where he worked in his house to show me some of his work. Turns out he had been an visual art director for films such as Star Wars VI, Saving Private Ryan and Minority Report. After that I was determined to make what I was passionate about my career. That was when I decided I could try and make a living out of creating and being an artist.
What has been your favourite project?
I have had the privilege to work on some really great projects in the past few years while in the industry; from working on the concept drawing, to modeling, rigging, lighting, rendering and compositing the shots. From each project i take away with me new insights and knowledge.
Recently at Gramercy park Studios we made a Commercial for Betfair with horses racing in rally cars. This was a particularly fun project for me because I began working on it doing all the concept art for the commercial then once production began I began working on the 3D assets back at the studio before moving onto working on fur/ hair grooming which was a first for me.
What’s the best thing about working in VFX?
Sometimes when you are on a project with tight deadlines to meet you can be working long hours, slaving away over your wacom. But then you sit back and realize you’re an artist and your job is to create awesome content. Its may be building an environment, sculpting creatures, modeling a product or what ever the client may want. I’m doing what I love as a job and there is nothing better than that.