NAME: Carmine Agnone
COURSE STUDIED: 3D for VFX Full Time Course
FAVOURITE MOVIE ONE LINER: I would like to quote from memory every single line of my favourites; Indiana Jones, Star Wars and Back to the Future, but this time I'll stick with Indy: "You lost today, kid. But that doesn’t mean you have to like it"
Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (Importantly - soundtrack by John Williams in the background)
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON? I'm currently a Camera TD/Layout on Jupiter Ascending, working on the next crazy world that is the brain child of the Wachowskis - the project so far has covered everything from fighting, to set extensions and large scale ceremonies.
WHAT WAS THE BEST THING ABOUT STUDYING AT ESCAPE STUDIOS? The key benefit for me at Escape was the opportunity to learn how the work is organised in a VFX company. Coming from a different working environment in Italy, this part of the course was essential for me, equally important was the opportunity to study and talk with other VFX dreamers and visiting a VFX company as The Mill, where I could experience the various stages of post-production in order to better decide which path to take.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE VFX AS A CAREER PATH? It was ironically the film ‘Never Ending Story’ that first sparked my intrigue in the world of VFX. Like many VFX Artists though my mind was further blown by Jurassic Park. The “HOW DID THEY DO THAT!!?” moments inspired me to study and work constantly, step by step; from my homemade VFX tests to greater challenges on huge blockbuster projects.
ADVICE FOR THOSE CONSIDERING ENTERING THE INDUSTRY? As with any job, you have to love what you do, if you love VFX and want to make your contribution along with thousands and thousands of other people scattered throughout the world, on movies, fantastic adventures, and impossible creations, you have to study and work hard, be ready to do the best work not only within a VFX company, but on personal projects too, setting the bar high across the board will prove to you (and also to recruiters) your true potential.