NAME: Noor Valibhoy
COMPANY: ILM Singapore
COURSE STUDIED: 3D for Visual Effects Full Time.
FAVOURITE MOVIE ONE LINER: “Say what again! I dare ya, I double dare ya...” (Pulp Fiction)
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON? I would love to share unfortunately my lips are sealed!
WHAT WAS THE BEST THING ABOUT STUDYING AT ESCAPE STUDIOS? There were so many good things about studying at Escape Studios. Firstly, it was the tutors who dedicated their time and patience moulding me into becoming a VFX swiss army knife! Their feedback and criticism was extremely valuable and I was constantly inspired with all the stuff they exposed me to. Also, my peers whom I studied with were likeminded and just as passionate, they came from all around the world which made my learning experience even more enjoyable. It wasn't just about VFX, it was the VFX culture.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE VFX AS A CAREER PATH? I first completed a degree in Neuroscience at the University of Sydney. Then later was exposed to a little bit of VFX whilst studying in design college and a little bit more whilst working in the design industry, but it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I fully had a chance to immerse myself completely into the magical field of VFX; starting with studying at Escape. I was working towards entering the VFX industry, it felt like a natural progression for me.
ADVICE FOR THOSE CONSIDERING ENTERING THE INDUSTRY? A lot of hard work! You have to be proactive, and keep training your eye to observe and look at things differently. Most of us have a camera in our pockets; it's definitely a tool to help us study composition better! Expose yourself to all sorts of creative work and artists. Don't be afraid to ask and pick the brains of other experienced and talented artists. Be open to learning all softwares and techniques, so you understand the strengths and weaknesses of the tools at your disposal. This will also help you develop an efficient workflow of the task at hand.
Tailoring your reel for a specific position is great, however adding more than your VFX shots in your reel may give you an added advantage. For example, concept art, traditional drawings, sketches, matte paintings. Don't be afraid to show them if you have them as it only reflects your aesthetic skills and your knowledge of scale, perspective, colour and lighting.
Reference, reference, reference! Give yourself a good amount of time to observe, digest and dissect everything about your shot before tackling any work on it.
Lastly, have that burning desire to improve and all will be well.