Jasdeep Singh - 2017/2018
What education did you have before you took the Visual Effects for Film and Television course?
I did a couple of courses back in 2009 and another one in 2013 from Gecko animation studios in Chandigarh and Picasso Animation Studios in New Delhi. They were good but they only give a general overview of what’s going on in the industry. They didn't concentrate in any particular field of study. I worked as a 3D artist in between those years so I got more education while working in studios trying to figure out what and how to do things myself, searching online tutorials and books.
Tell us a bit about your experience at the college.
My overall experience was pretty good.
College is the place where you spend most of your time learning and doing assignments and when people from all over the world with different experiences and thoughts share a same space then your creativity naturally improves.
My perspective to visualize improved a lot and the feedback from faculties definitely upgraded my skills.
How do you use the education you got at Seneca in your job today?
I focused on asset development and lighting. Before doing this course I learned mostly by myself but never really knew the steps to work in the pipeline. I work as a 3d visualizer in a tech company and creating conceptual products and rendering is major part of my job. To do so, you need a very good eye for detail and sense of design and I developed that skill learning and working on my assignments in school.
This course helped me pick a major and fully concentrate on it.
What advice would you give potential students who are thinking of taking the course?
I have lots of advice to give :)
First thing that comes to my mind is to have patience and willingness to learn.
I wouldn’t recommend it to someone who is just starting out or switching from a totally different career.Some background knowledge (even if its basic) helps a lot in understanding principles.
Another thing which I feel is that most students feel shy in asking questions when in doubt. Asking questions helps the faculties to understand your perspective and other students learn from your queries as well.
This is a very competitive industry so practicing and completing your assignments is a must. Get inspired by others instead of competing and don't be afraid to ask for help.
But overall its a fun career so the time you invest is totally worth it.
(Written in 2018)