What education did you have before you took the Visual Effects for Film and Television course?
I had a bachelors degree in Marketing and Management. I didn't have any school education in the Computer Graphics field except my own experience with After Effects and Premiere. All the programs I started to learn were absolutely new and unknown to me.
Tell us a bit about your experience at the college.
While most of my classmates knew exactly what they wanted to do in the visual effects field, I tried to get my hands on everything. I jumped from one program to another, trying to learn and understand every aspect of compositing or tracking. That's why I spent hours and hours in college and at home in front of monitor learning new stuff. I actually eliminated almost every connection with the real world: no more vodka, balalaika, AK-47 and my bear pet Misha...
But 8 months went so fast I didn't notice and I became a visual effects artist, which is very cool.
How do you use the education you got at Seneca in your job today?
At Seneca I learned how to solve different problems by myself now I am using this skill a lot. He he.
But seriously every program that we've learned in school is important and will increase your market value!
What advice would you give potential students who are thinking of taking the course?
1. Don't be afraid. This course and 3D in particular is not scary at all.
2. Don't think that this course is just for movie-lovers. If you want to do motion graphics, or if you draw, or like to play with physics this course might be for you.
3. Gather as much info as you can about this course and visual effects field in particular. Write letters to instructors and former students. Ask questions if you have them.
4. Be prepared. I would saved a lot of time if I could do some very basic tutorials for the programs we use in VFX course.
5. Add me on facebook or linkedin.
6,7,8... Learn to have your own opinion. Develop your artistic "eye". Watch movies. Watch demoreels. Learn design. Learn programming. And many more!
(Written in 2013, at the time that this was written, Nikita was working at Framestore in Montreal)