Taran Spear

NUKE Artist - Electric Theatre Collective

The role of a Nuke Artist

Taran works at Electric Theatre Collective, a young company established in 2012 by one of our very own alumni. His job consists of creating and modifying footage in order to make the impossible to film, possible on the screen. “I would have to say that I never take for granted the fact that I get to play around with images for a living! Working in commercials, I jump from one job to another and the work I am doing can be very different which helps to keep things fresh and exciting."

“I wanted to work in VFX and be the person who can say - I created that!”

Like many other artists, Taran’s passion for VFX began with a film. While watching breakdowns of the ‘making of’ films, Taran became intrigued by the aspect of creating art and seamlessly integrating it with existing footage.

After researching VFX, Taran discovered he would need to master NUKE to meet the industry standards for film and commercials which led him to Escape Studios’ Advanced Compositing for VFX course.

Advice for VFX enthusiasts

Taran would encourage anyone wanting to break into VFX to work hard and keep up with industry trends as software and standards are constantly evolving. “Out of all the people I studied with at Escape - every person who stayed late after class and really worked hard to learn the software and techniques is now working in the industry.“

Taran also emphasizes the importance of applying to both big and small companies as smaller studios give artists the opportunity to work on a wider range of projects while gaining broader industry experience.