What education did you have before you took the Visual Effects for Film and Television course?
I had diploma in animation and multimedia. I was working as web/graphic designer for almost six years before I decided to enroll into the VFX program.
Tell us a bit about your experience at the college.
I had a great experience at Seneca. Visual Effects was always been a keen interest for me. At first, I was bit apprehensive about taking the course, considering the amount of resources available now on the web for self-learning, but online tutorials worked more as sleeping pills for me than learning resources.
Within first couple of weeks at Seneca, I knew that I had made a decision that I wouldn't regret. All the teachers were amazing. They knew how to convey their knowledge while keeping things interesting and never failed to hold my attention. Teaching approach was very hands on, at times we were provided individual mentoring while we were working on our shots.
From well-structured curriculum to facilities, Seneca provided me everything that I would need to get into this industry.
How do you use the education you got at Seneca in your job today?
Having teachers currently working in the industry was a huge advantage; they covered all the key principles, which was essential to enter in the industry. After graduation I was hired as Compositor at one of the VFX studio in Toronto. All the tools, techniques and tricks I've learned helped me to execute my tasks on a daily basis.
What advice would you give potential students who are thinking of taking the course?
To all the potential students: If you are passionate about this line of work, Seneca's VFT program is your first step towards the visual effects industry.
Decide as early as possible which area you'd like to focus on and you will be provided all the available help to produce best demo reel. Try and create each shot better than previous one. Enjoy the process.
Dedicate your eight months to this course without any distractions and you'll be rewarded.
(Written in 2014)