With all the excitement of new courses starting here at Escape in 2012, we’ve not yet had time to share the work that last year's students put together at the end of their courses.
So we’d now like to take this opportunity to show you some of the marvellous work that’s been done. However, these shots are only 80% completed, after watching the compilation video of five of our recent students' work above, I’ll explain what I mean.
The phrase ‘80% completed’, means the shot is not yet quite perfected, and in order to make them ‘Showreel ready’, there are still subtle tweaks which need to be made. We recommend an Escape student’s 3D/VFX showreel should have a minimum of three shots on it. They'll make two of these when studying on the Production courses, or all three if they take the Professional courses.
Once they’ve finished the course, the shots they’ve created are usually only about 80% completed. However, during their end of course presentation they’ll receive constructive criticism, giving them valuable insight into how they can further improve their work. We then expect them to spend approximately the next 4 to 8 weeks doing more work on their shots either at home, or back here at Escape in the evening.
They still have full access to all our resources, including my advice as well as that of Garreth, our Recruitment Manager, and all our fantastic tutors during this important time. We’ll ensure that before they send their showreel out to industry, the shots & breakdowns they’ve created are 100% finished.
To best show an example of this, please look at escapee Ben Revens ‘Violin’ Maya project. The Maya Core project brief is to model from reference an everyday object, texture and light it, then convincingly render the CG object into another photograph.
When Ben finished his course, he twice returned for advice asking how he could make the shot more realistic. Garreth and I thought the highlight on the wood was perhaps a little too harsh, and needed to be more integrated into the wood grain. Another suggestion we had, was that maybe the violin was too reflective, making it appear a little metallic, and should be toned down. Finally, we wanted to feel the violin had actually been played, and for Ben to add a little of the human touch. He did this by subtly smudging on finger prints to the tuning pegs.
It’s this level of detail we require of our students to elevate their work from being average to excellent, and means their shots jump up from 80% to ‘100% showreel ready’.
Check out Ben’s finished showreel, which took him roughly four weeks to complete, after he studied our 18 week Visual Effects Professional course. This meant he found work as a 3D artist in the centre of Soho, at exciting VFX Company, Smoke & Mirrors.
Returning to our recent students 80% finished work at the top of the post, I'm looking forward to seeing their work 100% complete, and welcoming them back to Escape for any additional help or advice they may need. If there are any eagle-eyed VFX viewers who can spot any areas for improvement please say so in the comments below!