Artist Spotlight

Cordell Briggs

Compositor | Lost Boys Alumni 2018

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I have always been drawn to the impossible. The incredible thing, when it comes to VFX and Compositing specifically, is that you’re put in the driver's seat of making the impossible: plausible.

- Cordell Briggs

What is visual effects to you?

Visual effects to me is a lens in which to appreciate the natural world around me, to actively observe details in my daily life that I’d otherwise never pay attention to. Visual Effects is a lens in which the impossible is realized, something I get to share for a brief moment with whoever views my shots, where the impossible manifests itself real in the viewers eyes and that magic moment of wonder happens.

What was the scariest or most challenging part of learning Compositing?

The most challenging part of learning Compositing wasn’t the technical aspects, or the program knowledge, but the fundamental concepts that are necessary to learn for a great composite. I did not come from a traditional artist’s background, so I struggled a bit there. But persistence and “stick-to-it-tivness” will see anyone through. (Also it helps to have great instructors who are willing to put the time into making sure you have the concepts down.)

What was unique about your experience with Lost Boys in comparison to your previous education?

I can say with full honesty that my year at Lost Boys was one of the best years in my life. I got to pursue my passion and make it my career. Also, I got to make lasting bonds with people who will be my peers in this industry moving forward. (We still text with each other to this day.)

What is something you wish people knew more about VFX/VFX Artists or Compositors/Compositing?

I think it’d be nice to have more recognition for the roles VFX artists play in Film and TV. I mean, we touch almost every shot in a film or TV show nowadays, and our painstaking work goes by in a matter of seconds, sometimes unnoticed or under appreciated.

If there is one piece of advice you can give to people who want to pursue a career in visual effects, what would it be?

Don’t give up. Stick to your guns, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you’re spending longer than 15 minutes on something and you’re at a loss, don’t get frustrated, get a different set of eyes. Visual effects isn’t an individual’s game, it’s a team effort. So leverage your team and their experience to your benefit!

Visual effects is such a diverse field with problems and solutions that change depending on the shot. Every day is another opportunity to overcome a new challenge and that’s the most exciting thing for me.

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