When Adam Droy entered the CG Whiz competition, he didn't believe he'd even make it to the runners up stage. Like many, knowing that the competition was tough, he submitted his showreel and forgot all about it. When he got the call asking him to come along to the CG Whiz reveal event he was astounded, and when we called his name as winner, he just about managed to find his feet to collect the prize. 3D Artist caught up with Adam to find out what life has been like in the aftermath of winning the competition. As a judge of this year's CG Whiz, we're excited to know what he's going to be looking for.
1. You were the winner of CG Whiz 2009, what did that feel like?
It was a little bit weird actually and quite surreal because I didn’t really expect to win it! I was invited to the reveal event and told that there were two other people that I was up against, so when they called out my name I couldn’t believe it. I was so happy to win it but it didn’t really sink in for a long time.
2. The first prize was winning a course on Escape Studios’ flagship VFX course – what was the course like?
I had done some 3D at Uni and knew some stuff already but the course filled in all the gaps in my technical knowledge. It skips across lots of topics and covers a lot in a short space of time. I have to say that the course is as intense as you want it to be. I went into study with the attitude of ‘this is my job for the next few months so I’m going to give it everything I’ve got’ – you only get out of it what you put in.
3. Part of the prize was an internship at The Mill, how well did the course prepare you for industry?
The course focuses on lots of different areas and most of the people at The Mill are generalists – so I was well prepared when it came to having to do lots of different things. For example, since I’ve been there I’ve worked on Texturing, Modelling, Rendering, Comping, and Tracking. I’m pleased that I’ve been able to work on every different part of the project.
3. What advice would you give to those who are thinking about entering CG Whiz 2010?
I just want to say that I thought I would never win. I was looking for a job and stumbled upon the competition on The Mill’s website. All you had to do was submit your showreel, so I submitted mine. It’s definitely worth trying, because what have you got to lose? CG Whiz has been the best thing that’s happened to me.
The full interview with Adam can be found in the next issue of 3D Artist due out October 13th. Until then we'll be launching the competition on our blog in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled!