Visual effects always attracted me primarily because of the endless opportunities to create something new every day. I decided to specialize in Compositing because it’s very exciting to be the last person to work on the shot before it’s approved. It is a culmination of the efforts of every other dependent department and being the one to final the shot does come with its own powers and responsibilities. Some days you put the cherry on top of the cake and some days you make the whole thing. After graduating from Lost Boys I noticed there is a huge change of culture depending on which studio you work with, so getting to work with a lot of very talented individuals under many different environments is guaranteed. Even though there’s a ton of hard work and many hours involved in compositing, there’s just something fantastic about finally seeing my shot on the big screen.
There’s a few things I’d like to touch on in regards to the VFX industry. I would like to warn those who think that this field is all glamour and gold. It’s not! Most companies requires an artist to at some point or the other work Overtime. You will have to sacrifice some time you might normally spend on your personal/social life. I think it’s important to be aware of that reality of our industry.
DON’T GIVE UP. This industry is a very volatile one to say the least. Companies are pretty casual about the hiring/layoff process so they follow the Miner Mentality in which they would hire a large number of artists to complete a particular project and once that’s done they might not require you anymore. In that case, I would say don’t let that bring you down, because it is very common for an artist to be removed simply because projects have been completed.
The only thing you can do is keep your head up high and keep moving forward (and apply elsewhere). Luckily for us our industry is a very small one, so the bonds we form during our journeys are usually ones that last. That’s why I would suggest being cordial to your peers at the studio as you never know how they could help you out tomorrow.
It was fun working on WandaVision. I never thought I will get a chance to do CG anytime soon but knowledge I gained from Lost Boys was more than enough for me to shine in the company and prove my skills!