Stereoscopic Compositor, Cinesite
“Nothing beats the thrill of creating VFX and the fact that no matter how small your contribution is, you’ve played a part in the history of Cinema”.
Growing up, Richard Sowerby had just one objective: to see his name in lights. And he didn’t want to do this by becoming a world-renowned thespian or glory-hunting reality celebrity. Instead, Richard wanted to take centre stage, back stage, and become a VFX artist. Having now worked as a Stereoscopic Compositor on ‘Voyage of the Dawn Treader’, ‘Star Wars (Phantom Menace)’ and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows parts 1 and 2, we can safely say that Richard got his wish.
But for Richard, becoming a VFX artist was a decision which took nearly 7 years to make. Richard studied Multimedia at Cheltenham and Gloucester University, and it took him a good while afterwards to realise that he wanted to get into Compositing for films and combine both his creative and technical skills. “I decided to look for a course that would help me break into the industry and found out about Escape Studios. I heard they were good and knew they would teach me what I needed to get my foot in the door of a post house”. Richard enrolled on our 12-week full-time Compositing course and in his words “It was amazing - I loved it and wanted more”. According to Richard, who was new to London, it was particularly good to meet likeminded people during his course. He forged some strong relationships during his time at Escape Studios and some of his classmates have since become good friends.
Once Richard finished the course, it was time get his first taste of the industry. “The Recruitment Team was superb. From the moment I met Escape’s Recruitment Manager Garreth Gaydon my feet literally didn’t touch the ground. I finished my course on a Friday and they’d secured my first job the following Monday. I couldn’t have done it without them and can’t thank them enough”
Richard is still in touch with our Recruitment Team and explains that “Once an escapee, you’re always an escapee. They still continue to help me out, whether it’s with new job openings or with help regarding employment law and contracts. They act as a safety net whenever I need help finding my next contract. I wouldn’t be where I am without them”.