Stereoscopic or View-D Compositor - Prime Focus Film
“I was amazed by the ability and creativity that people needed to work in this industry. It made me want to become one of them”.
What do a Computing Mechanical Technician and an actor have in common? Ordinarily, not much, but for Peter Bartfay, they are two of his absolute passions. He pursued both as career options until he decided that it was perhaps time to find some middle ground, and that’s when he heard about ‘Visual Effects’. Admittedly, he didn’t know much about it but was intrigued enough to want to find out more. Someone told him about Escape Studios and the next thing he knew he was reading about the success stories of former students on the website. Quite ironic then, that he should find himself on that very same website, in that very same success stories section just a few years later.
“From the day I read about those guys succeeding as composting and VFX Artists, I was 100% sure that this is what I wanted to do at Escape Studios”. But it took Peter a while to get there. He worked in theatre, TV, Radio and somehow, in his spare time, he even managed to be an amateur filmmaker. “I am lucky that I had the opportunity to gain knowledge in pretty much in every sector of filmmaking. Well, every sector apart from CG. That was the bit that bothered me. I’d seen jaw-dropping mind-blowing spectacular films but had no idea how they were made. As I was researching the VFX industry, I became more and more amazed by the ability and creativity that people needed. It made me want to be one of them".
Peter started the Maya core evening course in August, 2010 finishing up the following. “What I couldn’t quite believe is that the classes do everything they talk about on the website. It’s not just a case of reading about it, you’re actually doing it. Mark Spevick (my tutor) has a ridiculously enormous amount of experience and is such a confident and inspiring teacher, he makes everything look easy. But trust me, it’s not! The work is difficult and complicated and requires lots of concentration. Obviously to be able to get my foot in the door, I had to go the extra mile and had to put long hours into my study and project”.
"But the hard work paid off. I met up with the Recruitment Team when I was still attending classes, and they explained that I needed to get my showreel finished. Before I knew it I was having an interview for a job! I really didn’t expect to be working so quickly but escapee’s have such a great reputation they are very employable as soon as they’ve finished a course. I was really scared I wouldn’t know what to do when I got there, but Escape really does prepare you for the industry. Once I got stuck in, I knew exactly what to do".
Peter has a very exciting 2012 planned as his department is busier than ever. He’s already worked on two high profile productions and is just about to get involved with the third one. All of them will be released in 2012, in 3D. Well done Peter – with your hard work, we’re glad we helped you get to where you wanted to be.