The lack of challenge in the comfort zone
What type of creative are you?
I'm a digital compositor. Since a lot of people outside of the visual effects industry don't know what that is, I basically combine 3D (CGI) and 2D elements to produce the final image that you see in film and television.
What would you say inspired you to pursue the creative field you are in?
What really inspired me to pursue a job in visual effects was the Harry Potter movies. Anyone who has known me in the last 15 years knows about my Harry Potter obsession.
Back in 2013 I had the chance to go to to the Warner Bros. Studios Tour in London and my mind was completely blown. I found out that things in the movie that I had thought were done with practical effects on set, were really done or enhanced afterwards through visual effects.
Hogwarts Castle for example, all the wonderful sweeping exterior shots of the castle were really of a large model they had in the studio, and the sky was all digital. For it to be destroyed in the final movie, it then had to be recreated digitally. Never in a million years would I have thought that the castle was anything but a real castle. So after I found that out, I knew that I had to get into film somehow. Then after a lot of research, I found out that visual effects was the industry I wanted to be in.
What's in your creative toolbox?
Software wise, Nuke is an industry standard so that's a must. Mocha Pro is a great tool that has saved me many headaches, and Silhouette FX is also great.
For hardware, most studios supply you with what you need but I have my Wacom Intuos Pro tablet to use at home for my own personal development.
For news, I follow Art of VFX, Animation World Network, and FXGuide.
Who are some other creatives that inspire you and why?
Janelle Monae and Nicole Byer are some people that inspire me just because of how open, honest and how true they are to themselves.
A local that I follow is @justjohnforreal. John's a person that I went to university with. He's been a rapper, a dancer, and an art gallery owner. Basically an all-around hard worker. Seeing his success really just inspires me to work harder.
What is some of the best advice you've received or the lessons you've learned?
The best piece of advice that I've taken with me over the past year is that if you want to learn something new or get better at your craft you have to get used to being awkward and uncomfortable. Because if you are just comfortable then you aren't challenging yourself and then you aren't growing.
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