Hitesh Thadani - 2015/2016
What education did you have before you took the Visual Effects for Film and Television course?
Before coming to Seneca, I did a 3-year Animation and Visual effects program in Bangalore, India. While I was there I acquired skills like 3D modeling, texturing, lighting, rigging, and specialized in Maya dynamics. This also gave me a taste of every aspect of the industry from pre-production to post-production. It was my major strength before joining the VFT course at Seneca.
Tell us a bit about your experience at the college.
Every day, every moment of those 8 months in the lab is something that I will always cherish. I am not going to lie, this program was intense and I had a lot of hard times. However, the quality of knowledge that I was provided from some of the best mentors working as professionals in high positions in the major studios in Toronto was amazing.
There was so much to learn from them in a short span of time. Countless late nights made me lose the track of the date and time. This program helped me understand the fundamentals of visual effects right from the ground up. I was given all the resources and help I needed. I could get in touch with the teachers anytime and I would always get a quick response. What I loved the most was the lab had powerful workstations and was open 24/7.
How do you use the education you got at Seneca in your job today?
Before I completed my program I was offered a job at Pixomondo as a Compositor for a feature film. I had no prior knowledge of Nuke before taking up this program. I had a fear of how different would it be working in a studio than working as a student on personal projects. All the skills and techniques I had acquired at Seneca made the transition from a student to a professional seamless. The eye for detail, the organized workflow, problem-solving, time management was put into our roots right from the beginning. I was up and running right from the day one.
What advice would you give potential students who are thinking of taking the course?
If you are looking to study visual effects this is the best place you could be. If I could travel back in time I would take up this program again.
I was an international student at Seneca, you should do a lot of homework before you apply for this program. Make use of all the resources you have and have a goal in mind.
I would recommend students to have knowledge of the industry and the tools before taking you the course, this is can be a big advantage. This course will teach you everything from the basics and has a lot of subjects such as modeling, texturing, lighting, FX, and compositing. Keep your mind open to all, learn as much as you can about all subjects and only then chose what you want to specialize in. Talk to your instructors they have an immense amount of knowledge, get as much as you can from the very little time you have. The more you talk to them the more you learn and the more you realize the very little you know. Lastly, let your passion is going to drive you through the 8 months of the program.
(Written in 2016)