My name is Mariam Hussein. I am a 3D Visual Effects Artist and I am passionate about modelling creatures as this is something I enjoy creating. I would like to start a career path as a generalist, as this seems to be a realistic goal, however I would like to move up further in future to be a creature artist.
GET TO KNOW MARIAM
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM JOB TO START YOUR CAREER WITH?
My dream job to start my career with would be a junior 3D Generalist role as I would be able to work in various departments such as modelling, texturing, lighting etc which would help me to strengthen my skills in those departments, this would also help me to understand the workflows in industry before levelling up into more senior roles in the future.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN FIVE WORDS OR LESS.
Polite, Humble, Funny, Artistic and Stylish.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES?
I love travelling and exploring places I have never been before. I also like to paint and draw in my spare time.
WHAT MAKES YOU UNIQUE?
I have had the honour of directing a short film in thirteen weeks with a team of 2D and 3D artists, we went through the challenges of working under lockdown during the global pandemic but still delivered the project to standard which is an achievement for me. I feel that this has given me the experience to work in a team as well as the confidence to be open about creative ideas which I think is vital when beginning my career in industry.
IF YOU WERE AN ANIMAL, WHICH ONE WOULD YOU BE? AND WHY?
I guess I would want to be a bird so that I can fly.
WHAT THREE THINGS WOULD YOU TAKE TO A DESERT ISLAND? AND WHY?
I would take my phone, water and my camera so that I can capture nice landscapes as well as staying hydrated and being able to contact people.
WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES?
My strengths I would say is that is that I have a strong skill in sculpting in ZBrush. My weakness I would say is knowledge because in industry things are changing and evolving and you have to keep up to date and have the knowledge to learn new things which I am still trying to do.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN FIVE YEARS TIME?
Ideally, I hope to be working as a creature/character artist who has moved up from the past junior/generalist roles. I hope to have gained a lot of experience in the industry working on projects. I hope to have expanded my knowledge in the industry by working on a vast majority of film/tv projects that challenge my skills and allow me to explore in different mediums by understanding the different artistic styles and approach to the industry projects. I hope to have gained a network of contacts as well as friends and colleagues in industry so that I will be able to expand on my skills on different film/tv projects over time.
DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM JOB.
My dream job is to be a creature/character artist as I enjoy sculpting and I find that I am able to have a lot more freedom with showing off my skills.
TELL US OF AN ACHIEVEMENT YOU'RE PROUD OF.
I worked on the award-winning documentary 1000 Londoners which was a ‘Chocolate Films’ Project. It offers an insight into the lives of 1000 people who consider themselves to be Londoners, taking in all ages, religions, race, income, interests and opinions. I created a short documentary which was the 287th series, I learned film making skills such as using a film camera, sound boom, lighting and audio.
DESCRIBE A CHALLENGE THAT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME IN YOUR GROUP PROJECTS.
I would say the COVID-19 pandemic created a huge impact on my team project that we had to learn to work under pressure and without certain resources that is usually accessible for us in the studios. Our team still managed to deliver our project to a high quality standard which was impressive.
WOULD YOU RATHER BE A WIZARD, JEDI OR SUPERHERO? AND WHY?
I would like to be a superhero as I would want to utlise my powers for something good and help those in need.
WHAT MOVIE INSPIRED YOU THE MOST TO CHOOSE THIS
There have been many over the years, as the VFX industry has evolved immensly, but I would say Back to the Future, The Mummy and Endgame are my top three movies that have inspired me to want to create things that come to life as well as making people happy.
IF YOUR LIFE WAS A MOVIE WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I would say X-Men as I would want to inspire young people as well as teach them how to use their powers safely as well as when needed.
DESCRIBE YOUR FAVORITE VFX SEQUENCE.
The fight sequence in Endgame where all the heroes are running on the field to fight Thanos.
WHY DO YOU DESERVE A GREATER SHARE OF SPACE IN THE YEAR BOOK?
I have grown a lot from when I started this course. I have evolved to become a strong confident person and I feel that Escape has taught me that and I will never forget this.