We caught up with him to see what he’s been up to since graduating from AUB:
“I’m currently working as a VFX Production Coordinator at Industrial Light & Magic’s London studio. Having joined them as a Production Assistant when I graduated, I spent nine months on Avengers: Age of Ultron, before being promoted to Production Coordinator for Ant-Man. I continued in that role for Spectre and have just started on my next project, Rogue One – the first Star Wars spin-off film.
My main role involves managing the artists and their schedules and ensuring tasks and shots get done on time. On Spectre I was responsible for coordinating the layout, animation, creature and generalist (environment) work for all the shots in the opening sequence, and also ran our reviews with the director.
All the projects have been great fun and hugely rewarding, and I’ve always wanted to work on the Bond and Star Wars franchises having grown up watching those films. However, there is a lot of hard work and long hours, but it’s worth it when you see the result on the big screen. Our sequence for Spectre has been highly praised – it’s a great feeling when the work pays off and gets positive reviews.
AUB was a great place to learn, with a unique creative focus and atmosphere, and so many different crafts to collaborate with. The Film Production course allows you to focus and specialise in a particular craft (I did editing and post-production – the specialist tutors were fantastic) then collaborate with colleagues in other disciplines; and we were also lucky enough to be surrounded by other great courses such as costume and make-up who played integral parts in the films we made together. The Framestore connection was also key – their Saturday morning compositing workshops gave me my first real insight into the VFX industry.”
What would your One Piece of Advice be?
“My main piece of advice would be to get as much professional experience as possible while you study, as it will help you hit the ground running when you graduate. The piece of paper is worth nothing in the film industry – it’s all about what you know and who you know, so working alongside studying gives you the best of both, and will demonstrate you have already proven yourself in the industry when you enter it for real. I worked for a commercial production company in Soho throughout my 2nd and 3rd years at AUB, and that experience was ultimately what got me the job at ILM, after I was put forward by my tutor and the Dean at AUB.”