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Studying VFX: What careers can this lead to?

Emma Devlin

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When beginning your pursuit into a career in VFX, there are so many routes you could take, you may need a little guidance- which is where we come in. Below, we’ve summarised the current VFX sector and just some of the jobs that could become available to you when you graduate.

The VFX Industry

VFX careers are on the rise, meaning there’s plenty of demand for artists that hold the right skills to create the dynamic imagery that directors require. Did you know that there are more than 2 million jobs in the creative industries (e.g. music, TV, publishing etc)? And since 2011 these jobs have increased by 28.6% (so things are looking good!)

The standard of visual effects is rapidly growing and 2D and 3D VFX artists are needed in all different areas, including broadcasting, films and advertising. Let’s take a look and see exactly what these job roles include…

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Runner

Description: A runner is a great junior role that can help to kickstart your career in VFX. It will enable you to gain valuable studio experience that can help you to familiarise yourself with the VFX pipeline. As it is an entry level role, you’ll get the chance to support artists, animators and technicians, giving you an insight into the production process.
Required skills: Efficiency, being able to cope whilst under pressure, and to effectively prioritise tasks.

Digital Compositor

Description: Compositing is the action of layering all the various elements in a shot - live action, mattes, multiple CG passes, 3D lighting, animation, particle effects - and blending them all seamlessly to create the photo-realistic final shot.
Required skills: An excellent knowledge of the CG process from start to finish, and an advanced understanding of Nuke (a software we use at Escape Studios), as well as experience in Maya and Photoshop.

Producer

Description: A VFX producer is a project manager, with the responsibility of bringing the show in on schedule and to an agreed cost. They will work closely with the director to go over the VFX needed in each shot. A VFX producer ensures the vendor delivers on time but also makes a profit. The producer will discuss the client’s needs to make sure the VFX are achievable within the time and budget.
Required skills: As well as being experienced in VFX, a background in animation and other filmmaking techniques is valuable in order to suitably assist the director. A VFX producer should also be proficient in leading team in order to meet the required deadlines.

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How can I get there?

The BA/MArt of Visual Effects degree here at Escape Studios will help to get you ready for the working world as you’ll:

  • Gain (in)valuable industry insight by being taught by tutors with years of experience and who still work on industry projects (their experience spans Harry Potter, Casino Royale and Pirates of the Carribean - to name a few)
  • Get the chance to study Visual Effects, Game Art and Animation in your first year in order to give you a broad experience of different processes and understand the whole pipeline (this is important as even though when it comes to working you’re likely to specialise in one area, it’s important to understand what everyone else is working on)
  • Graduate with a fully fledged show-reel ready to send off to employers and studios to demonstrate your abilities (which is a must!)
  • Be provided with excellent after care - you can come back and visit us at any time to help with your showreel, or for any further career advice (our tutors want you to succeed and they, as well as our aftercare team, are there to help our 'Escapees' every step of the way)

What will it really be like?

Although we don’t have any graduates from our undergraduate courses yet (the course only started in 2016 which means we won’t have graduates until 2019) you can take a look at what our short course and postgraduate VFX ‘Escapees’ are up to.

You can also view our YouTube channel to see our students VFX showreels.

Studying VFX: What careers can this lead to?
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