Ahmed El Azma
NAME: Ahmed El Azma
COMPANY: Prime Focus
FAVOURITE MOVIE ONE LINER: No Country for Old Men [Anton Chigurh flips a quarter from the change on the counter and covers it with his hand]
PROJECTS: I am currently interning at Prime Focus, as a stereo conversion artist - converting 2D to 3D. It’s such a fun and challenging job because you get to use what you have learnt in compositing, and apply it to a similar but different practice. Thus you are forced to find solutions to an array of problems and keep your compositing skills in check!
I’d say the favourite project I have worked on so far would have to be ‘Burma Repossessed’,. It’s the first shot on my reel where the trees come alive and grab the pagoda. It took me a while to finish that shot and my love for VFX is shown in it as I animated the tree branches and replicated the pagoda top, finally bringing it all together in compositing to achieve a sense of realism.
WHY VFX: It’s simple. As a kid, I was on the couch for years glued to the TV – watching movies and a lot of MTV. In between the video clips came the break segments with mostly 3D characters and other cool stuff, I was hooked!
ADVICE: The one thing I’ve learnt (and still am learning) is to keep learning! Whether you are doing 2D or 3D – the capacity for learning is endless and the more knowledge you give, the more you will receive. It is highly competitive out there but work hard and you will reap the rewards.