Nuke Compositor, MPC
Studied: Compositing Evening Course
“I acquired the skills I needed for the job that I wanted”
Inspired by Joseph Kosinski (Director of TRON) and the power of Hollywood movies, Yousuke Matsuno decided he wanted a place in the world of Visual Effects. Dreams are one thing but making them happen is quite another, and like many of our graduates the path isn’t always straight forward. At Escape Studios, our philosophy is a simple one; come to us with creativity and passion and we’ll give you the practical skills you need to get a job, through training that works for you. And Yousuke did just that. He studied our Compositing Evening course and under the expert guidance of his tutor, transformed what started out as an ambition into a glittering CG Career.
So how did he make it happen?
Studying at Nihon University in Japan, Yousuke started out learning architecture. But throughout his course, he always felt unable to apply his creativity to the work being produced. After a bit of research, he looked at the types of jobs available in the CG Industry and found himself getting quite excited by the idea of working there. He switched to VFX and stayed put for quite some time, 9 years to be exact. “I had experience as a VFX artist in Japan, but I knew that compositing is where I wanted to end up. And that required a different set of skills altogether. After deciding that London was where I wanted to make it happen, a friend told me about Escape Studios. I read the course description and knew they covered everything I needed to get started as a compositor. Specifically, they teach NUKE, which is a de-facto standard piece of software in the industry”.
Studying in the Evenings
Yousuke needed to gain this knowledge and quickly. He didn’t want to have to go back to university and study for three years all over again, which is why he studied our part-time evening course. “It was perfect, work in the day-time, study in the evenings”. But it wasn’t just the study that Yousuke enjoyed whilst here at Escape. “It was such a great way to meet other like-minded people. Everyone was in a similar position to me, wanting to re-train but not being able to study during the day-time. It gave me a fantastic grounding in the industry too. My tutor was superb and actually introduced me to the guy’s at MPC which is where I’m working at the moment. You always feel like Escape has got your back and I wouldn’t be where I am without them”.
What About Me?
What are the next steps for getting your career off the ground? If like Yousuke you want to know more about the skills you need, or the types of jobs that exist in the CG Industry, then make sure you download our free UK Careers Guide. It is packed with all the information you need to start making informed career choices. There are lots of facts and figures about the industry but solutions too. This could be the first step to getting your career off the ground. All our escapees have a story and maybe yours starts here.