Following the very successful end of year show based at Gloworks in Cardiff Bay, the BA (Hons) Visual Effects and Motion Graphics cohort from 2017 are already making their mark on the industry and prospective employers.
Jason Bevan, course leader said, “Just weeks after graduating several students have secured jobs. They have been an incredibly ambitious and professional year group and are a credit to the University. I’m so proud of what they’ve achieved already and can’t wait to see what they do in the future.”
Lecturer Rosie Walker added, “It is immensely important for us to ensure the employability of our students and this year proves the success of making this a priority for the course. The students have worked so hard and we are incredibly proud of them”
Emma Davies has already been working with Cardiff based company Mint Motion. (http://mintmotion.co.uk). Mint Motion are a fresh award-winning motion graphics, video, CGI and VFX company and have over 40 years combined experience, working with all major Broadcasters, Indies, and the Pharmaceutical and Corporate sectors. Emma says of her time on the course, “I’ve had an absolutely amazing time on this course. The course is very practical and hands on. My confidence has grown massively throughout my time within the course and I have the tutors to thank for that, they have been very supportive and are always really enthusiastic about improving our skills and helping us get in to the industry.”
Stephanie Daly already secured her first feature film credit as a Compositor in her second year by working for Bait Studio (http://www.baitstudio.com) on Ethel and Ernest. She has landed a Junior Compositor’s role at Bristol-based Visual effects post production facility Nineteen-Twenty (http://www.nineteen-twenty.com). “The VFX and Motion Graphics course has been the best learning experience to date. The lectures are really hands on, you are taught to think creatively as well as how to use software. The tutors are supportive and helpful and they really know their stuff! I'm really happy to have left university with a job lined up and I think I would have found it a lot more difficult if it wasn't for this course.”
Peter Bailey has already started work at BBC Visual Effects and has been hard at work on the latest series of Doctor Who amongst other projects. Peter was successful in gaining a junior compositor position after applying to their new talent initiative, saying of his time on the course; “Thanks to the guidance and opportunities USW have given me, I have managed to get my foot in the industry months before graduation, which I am very grateful for.”
Ellie Jaram has just finished a work experience placement as a Junior Compositor at bait studios (http://www.baitstudio.com) on a short film entitled “Neckface”, along with carrying out some work on the BBC’s flagship drama Casualty. Ellie is really glad that she chose to take up the Visual Effects and Motion Graphics degree, saying “The lecturers have been amazing, the modules have been interesting and varied and I've learnt so much in short amount of time. I've had some really good advice and support from the lecturers and they helped me to take work experience at Bait Studio. This really helped me progress as an artist.
Marius Dirmantas teamed up with the developers behind the Cardiff Pointe development to produce a promotional video for the exiting building development happening in the area. This project is ongoing until 2023 so Marius is hopeful that this is the start of a healthy relationship. “During 3 years of this degree I have grown to understand and value the hard work carried out in the visual effects industry,” Marius says, “I appreciate the hard work that our tutors put in to give us a strong skill set and introduce us to a variety of roles in the industry. Their investment in involving industry in the course is very apparent. The abilities that this degree granted me with, in the latest hardware and software, gave me confidence to look for freelance work and start my first assignments.”
Jasmine Imberti starts a work experience placement in the Post-Production team at Unit 9 in Shoreditch, London, after contacting them during the year with her portfolio. “Leaving a safe life as a student to go into the big industry world is pretty scary!” Giaz notes, “But our lecturers have given us the right knowledge and skills to face it with more confidence. I'm am enjoying exploring the industry with plenty of work experience while applying for jobs all over Europe.”
Ben Brown worked hard to achieve an internship with MPC, a major VFX feature film studio, during his second year, (http://www.moving-picture.com) and spent the summer of his second year working as artist in their Crowd department. MPC were so happy with his work, that they asked him to come back again during his third year. The lecturing team worked with MPC to assess Ben, so he could replace a module with his work on Alien Covenant! He secured 3 feature credits in total on Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Alien Covenant and Wonder Woman, and is hoping to resume his career in London upon graduation. “I have always wanted to work in film and for me this was the best course. It had everything I wanted and had great industry links. The experience I gained has been incredible for me and I would not have been able to achieve this without the help of my tutors.”
Amy Reid has started work in Bristol-based company Doghouse Post (http://www.doghousepost.tv) as a Junior Compositor on a brand new project. Amy won this position after meeting with the company for a mock interview during her third year on the course, as part of the Professional Development module. Amy is really excited to take up the post and begin her first steps upon her career as a Compositor. ”I'm excited to see what skills I can bring to the company. I feel extremely lucky to have this opportunity!”
Jack Longley found his feet as a cinematographer during his time on the Visual Effects and Motion Graphics. Jack has proven he is more than capable at working in any live production studio with a multitude of cameras and has been able to follow his passions on multiple work experience opportunities during his time on the course, including creating a highly successful promo for Seren Dwr, the National Theatre of Wales, Uncommon Ground coffee shop, and a short film with Film Cymru. He has really enjoyed his time on the course, stating that “I feel that both the course and lecturers over the past three years have helped me to find my passion and have lead me down a career path best suited for me. I am equipped with the skills and confidence in the professional world thanks to this course and the continued support of lecturers through advice and work experience opportunities.”
Luke Inderwick has begun work at Buzzbox (https://buzzbox.myportfolio.com), a VFX studio local to Cardiff situated in the bay, that creates a range of VFX for television and architectural renders.
Aaron Stelfox has successfully started work at GFinity (gfinity.net), a leading electronic sports business that streams content to gamers worldwide, after carrying out work experience for them during his time at university. “University has been invaluable to me,” Aaron says – “The Visual Effects and Motion Graphics course at USW has allowed me to not only develop as an artist, but further my knowledge of the industry. As a result I’ve been given the opportunity to combine two of my passions, gaming and Motion Graphics, and form a career.”
All the Student Work can be seen at http://vfx.me.uk