What education did you have before you took the Visual Effects for Film and Television course?
Before taking the visual effects program I had some traditional arts education as well as taking the Maya 3D program at Seneca. I had originally planned to be a 3D character animator and found that it wasn't for me. The visual effects program however turned out to be perfect for me.
Tell us a bit about your experience at the college.
I had a fantastic time at Seneca. The teachers absolutely know what they're talking about and keep things interesting. Outside of classes the equipment and software is up to date with the rest of the industry so there won’t be too many surprises when you begin working. The facility was always available so I spent many late nights working on projects, not because I had to, but because I wanted to.
How do you use the education you got at Seneca in your job today?
Although my job today is primarily as a 3D artist and not a 2D compositor, it's still important to know how the compositors use the elements I provide them. It makes their job a whole lot easier and therefore makes a better final output. It also means less work coming back to me to be redone.
What advice would you give potential students who are thinking of taking the course?
I think it's important for potential students to know that although Seneca has great teachers and a great facility, success is ultimately on their shoulders. If you're willing to put in the time outside of class to improve your skills you will succeed with your teachers and classmates help. Seneca’s program opens the door for several possible careers in visual effects and broadcast design.
(Written in 2007)