Last Thursday evening we hosted a recruitment event in honour of our Alumni from the last two years. The night was dedicated to celebrating their work in VFX so far, as well as a networking opportunity with recruiters from the leading VFX facilities in London. We were joined by Framestore, MPC, The Mill, Jellyfish Pictures, Milk VFX, Molinare, Rushes and ILM (Industrial Light and Magic).
By 7pm the 10th Floor at 80 Strand was buzzing as graduates and VFX recruitment professionals talked shop – sharing advice on showreels, application dos and don’ts, opportunities coming up at their companies and students pitching their talents and experience. Hugo Guerra from The Mill also premiered 'Leonard in Slow Motion' - a comedy short film which Escape graduates worked on.
It was a particularly productive evening for graduates who specialised in Compositing for VFX. It seemed many of the recruiters there were on the look out for skilled Compositors to potentially bring onto projects as soon as possible.
Glenn Matchett at MPC acknowledged that “currently there’s a global demand for mid-level Compositors due to the number of projects in production across all major studios. “
The team at Framestore agree by adding, “it's a busy time in VFX, particularly for compositing departments as production schedules start to near the end of their pipeline and work towards looming delivery deadlines. While this remains the case over the next couple of months, it's keeping recruiters across the industry on the look out for experienced compositing artists – who can confidently problem solve challenging VFX shots and hit the ground running.“
It was a good night to be a Compositor, but our 3D for VFX graduates had some exciting conversations with MPC and ILM who were also on the look out for skilled 3D artists. With ILM moving to London earlier this year, they’ve been crewing in preparation for their next big project – Star Wars: Episode VII. And MPC are set to work on The Jungle Book.
The event was a networking opportunity for our graduates and so our main focus was to make sure they got the most from it. And when we followed with them afterwards, here’s what some of them had to say…
"The event was amazing, and I’m so grateful to companies like MPC and The Mill for sharing their time with us - to look at our work and discuss recruiting us. The best part was to see what each different company offers."
"The highlight of the evening for me was the première of 'Leonard in Slow Motion'."
"I received some good advice, in regard to specific roles they [recruiters] were looking to fill for upcoming projects. It came across very strongly that there are many upcoming opportunities at MPC in the near future due to their taking on The Jungle Book."