German Escamilla - 2016/2017
What education did you have before you took the Visual Effects for Film and Television course?
Before the course, I got an Interactive Design Bachelor at Universidad Iberoamericana back in Mexico City which gave me the foundation of 2D / 3D animation and computer graphics. After university I got hired at an advertising company where I did a lot of web development and 2D motion graphics. I always wanted to get involved in the VFX industry but I didn’t know where to start so I decided to adventure into the VFT program at Seneca.
Tell us a bit about your experience at the college.
It was an amazing experience, I met incredible people along the way. At first I was a bit overwhelmed by all the new stuff that I was being introduced to. I was so confused that I didn’t know what to ask, but the teachers are willing to sit with you one-on-one until you understand the concepts. I learned that it is very important to prepare questions, to ask for feedback, tips to improve your work and don’t stop until you are content with the results.
How do you use the education you got at Seneca in your job today?
I really fell in love with Houdini since the first day, so I chose to take the path of the FX artist, luckily for me I was hired at Industrial Brothers, an animation company. After the program I was feeling pretty confident about my knowledge but eager for more. I say without hesitation that the program was the best choice to start my career in the VFX industry.
What advice would you give potential students who are thinking of taking the course?
If you love VFX don´t think twice. Although it is a very intense program where you have to push as hard as you possibly can, it is totally worth it. Expect long nights in front of the monitor and don’t be surprised when you start dreaming about how you can solve that one problem that you have. Seize the time with the teachers, their knowledge is golden, also I would recommend to watch some tutorials to get comfortable with the software navigation and UI to have a boost before you start. And believe me, you will be in good hands.
(Written in 2017)