What education did you have before you took the Visual Effects for Film and Television course?
I spent my first year at York University studying Communications, while soon after finishing a program in Film Production at the Toronto Film School. I had taken a particular interest with video editing during my time there, and in turn I thought After Effects would be a handy tool to know as an Editor. The story writes itself from there!
Tell us a bit about your experience at the college
It was pretty fantastic. The amount of freedom we had was rewarding to the amount of effort you put in. Of course, lots of late nights and early mornings come hand in hand with this course - but you find yourself in that position because you want to, absolutely worth it.
How do you use the education you got at Seneca in your job today?
I primarily work within TV and Advertising, so being a generalist is your best asset, and the tools I learned at Seneca we extremely useful as I still use them to this day. But some of the best lessons I learned were not taught through any software or progams. Rather they were on the fundamentals and importance of R&D/pitching/and selling yourself as a freelancer. Execution is one thing, but in most cases you will have to sell yourself and your ideas to even get to that stage!
What advice would you give potential students who are thinking of taking the course?
Give each one of your assignments as much love as you can. Treat them as if you are already starting your career, and don't just hand them in like any other homework assignment. Everything that you create during your time at this course is your calling card and will speak for you down the road.
Designer/Animator @ vucko.tv
(Written in 2012)
Below is an example of a group project that Andrew worked on while he was in the VFT program.