In my early 20’s, I started a two year course called “Multimedia Production” in my hometown of Santos, Brazil. The course was packed with a bit of everything, from Art History to Web Design. My favorite practical classes were photography, audio and video editing. That was the first spark that got me into creating videos for the school projects and although being broad, the course made me understand and love the process of developing stories and how to apply my creativity more efficiently. For reasons unknown, the most successful and fun projects were horror and gore based ones.
At the end of the course, I heard from a classmate that he was starting at a small animation studio (Lightstar Studios) in town and they needed 2D compositors for a fully animated film (Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury). I got lucky and joined the team working on my first professional project. My colleague and I added all the shadows and highlights for the characters in the film using splines on After Effects.
After moving to Vancouver in 2015, I attended a Spark FX event and have the opportunity to chat with artists from the VFX industry, which is where I got to know about Lost Boys. From that moment on I chased the opportunity to learn VFX there and some time later I was finally able to start the full-time program focused on Compositing. It was a long road but definitely the best decision I’ve made for my career.