David Robinson

NAME: David Robinson

COMPANY: Visualhouse London

COURSE STUDIED: Compositing For Visual Effects (Part-time)

FAVOURITE MOVIE ONE LINER: “We’re all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives” - (Plan 9 from Outer Space)

WHY VFX: I began my career as a software engineer and then after ten years or so, retrained as a graphic designer. That’s kind of where it began. I’d always been fascinated by effects in films since my Dad ruined one of my favourite films by telling me the ships where all models. As a child I was quite put off, but there began a fascination that has grown stronger and stronger over the years.

After our daughter was born, I was in the position of stay-at-home dad for a number of years. When it became time for her to begin school I decided to go for it. While I was at home I had a lot of time on my hands which i filled by studying mathematics and this has stood me in good stead for this career.

PROJECTS: My favourite project that I’ve worked on so far was the Audi Hummingbird shot at Escape, although every shot is a special thing. It was a great and rare opportunity to work on a shot from a VES Award nominated spot. I loved taking what began as only a set of render passes and then pushing the shot over the edge into something that looked photographic.

ADVICE: Research the various roles and then choose which part of the pipeline you find the most interesting. VFX is very specialised, especially at the larger studios. Once these steps are taken you can begin working on learning and demonstrating the skills required for the role you have chosen.