What education did you have before you took the Visual Effects for Film and Television course?
I was a student in my home country, Ukraine. I won a grant from the European Union and went to Italy, the University of Bologna, where I was studying design and fashion. Most of my 3D knowledge came from reading books and doing tutorials in my spare time.
Tell us a bit about your experience at the college.
It was great, I really enjoyed it. Before applying to Seneca I was thinking about going to some other places, maybe even taking another bachelor degree or masters. I wasn't sure how your education affected your career in Canada. What I really liked about Seneca’s VFT course was the intensity of it. In just eight months this course covers more practical material than any bachelor or Masters program I was looking at. Since my first class I never regretted going there. It was difficult but super interesting. If you are purposeful and like what you're doing, it's the best place to be.
How do you use the education you got at Seneca in your job today?
I could certainly say that my Seneca education dramatically affects my job today. I could even say that it changed my life. Without this course and the great teachers I had the pleasure to be with, I would never get that deep knowledge of Nuke that I had after graduating. The great thing about teachers at Seneca that they're not just teaching you how to use tools, but they teach you how those tools work. After 2 weeks of graduation I had 4 job interviews and in less than half a year I was a professional Nuke compositor, doing some hero shots on feature films.
What advice would you give potential students who are thinking of taking the course?
Be prepared to stay long hours in your classroom and try to learn as much as possible before applying there, because it's going to be easier to keep up. Hard work is rewarded.
(Written in 2013)
(The video on this page is Ruslan's demo reel when he graduated the program in 2012)
Ruslan's IMDB page