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Alastair Cross

COMPANY: Blue-Zoo Animation.

FAVOURITE MOVIE ONE LINER: Ooh tough one…maybe "I need your clothes, your boots and your motorcycle" from Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

PROJECTS : One of the first jobs I did as a freelancer was some work on a corporate experience for BP as part of their Olympics showcase. They wanted a mixture of live action and CG projected and aligned onto 3 walls and the floor, of a specially built room. It was a baptism of fire but really rewarding to see it all come together in the actual space!

WHY VFX? I've always loved computer graphics. Games initially caught my interest but I became more and more interested in the effects used in films. I love the blend of artistic creativity and technical prowess that's needed to make it all come to life on the big screen. I honestly wouldn't want to work in any other field.

To pick my favourite project is not anActually entering in the VFX industry was a great surprise for me, and not something I had planned. First, while studying Industrial Design in Portugal, I started using 3D for university work, mainly Product Visualization. While at university, opportunities arose to do some Architectural Visualization work and that's basically how I started in the CG Industry, but far from what I thought I would be doing a few years later.
As I finished university, I felt I wanted to dive deeper into the CG Industry but it was quite hard to do so in Portugal. At that time I had been to London quite a few times and it was a city that I really enjoyed, also I was already aware of Escape and It looked like the courses were pretty solid and the tutors quite experienced in several fields of the industry. 
After a few emails back and forth I decided to join Escape Studios to do the Visual Effects Course. I must admit it was the best decision I could ever made. I've always been quite fascinated by the VFX part of the industry but before joining Escape I never really got into to it. Escape showed me the way and allowed me to release the beast within...
easy task, because honestly I take a lot of pride in all the projects that I do.

ABOUT? I did a degree in Information & Communications Technology at Trinity College, Dublin and worked for IBM for several years after that. I did well there and learned a huge amount, but didn't find it stimulating in any way. So I began to wonder how well I would do working in a field that really interested me. After some research and recommendations,  I packed it all in, moved to London and did a VFX course at Escape. It’s been tough, but hugely rewarding.

ADVICE: Be prepared for some stiff, (but healthy!) competition. One of the nice things about this industry is that everyone puts in 110%, which can be exhausting, but there's a real camaraderie about it, and it never seems as bad when you're all in it together. It has to be something you really want to do.