Daniel St. Amant
Daniel St. Amant
VFT Program- 2010
What education did you have before you took the Visual Effects for Film and Television course?
Before enlisting in the Visual Effects for Film and Television course at Seneca, I completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Painting at the esteemed art university in Nova Scotia , NSCAD (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design).
Tell us a bit about your experience at the college.
My experience at Seneca was a breath of fresh air, because I was returning to school as a mature student. It was very satisfying and interesting learning directly from young professionals practicing in their field. Coming from a traditional fine art background made it difficult at first. Through the guidance, patience and motivation shown from my teachers I was able to adapt and go on to make visual effects that I didn’t think possible in less than a year. With the high quality of education, preparedness and confidence instilled in me I really believe this contributed in my receiving a contract within 3 weeks of graduation at one of the best visual effects studios in Toronto.
How do you use the education you got at Seneca in your job today?
My education from Seneca helps me on a daily basis. Through the resources and techniques I was taught, I am able to maintain a high level of knowledge of my software package and hardware, which is a must in our industry. But also the people that I went to school with along with the teachers have all kept in touch and we use each other to help one another out with job contacts and in some cases even trouble shooting problems.
What advice would you give potential students who are thinking of taking the course?
My advice would be to take this course one step at a time, and not to worry about what other people are accomplishing. Everyone has their own talent. Achievements and learning is different for everyone. Visual effects is all about time and team work. Learn to communicate in the language of the industry, learn to work with others and you will have no problems finding work in an exciting field. As a compositor I have come to realize that great visual effects is always the combined and refined work of many people. Be realistic in your endeavours and be positive at all times.