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I am a 2D Artist specialising in Roto and Prep and have experience in Nuke, Silhouette and Mocha. I have an enthusiastic and positive work ethic and a punctilious eye for detail. I take joy in trying to find intuitive solutions to obstacles and enjoy being challenged in my work to help broaden my skills. I enjoy collaborating with other artists as well as being able to proactively approach a situation to get the best possible result to match the brief before deadlines approach.

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GET TO KNOW ANTONIA

What hobbies do you have?

One of my favourite things to do is to go to concerts and be amongst people who are having a great time and enjoy the same things as you. I enjoy long distance running, and will one day complete a marathon…one day. I have a lot of fun drawing and painting, especially my friends pets. I go on nice walks with my dog and go to the park to read or try some photography. I pass the time on the bus by doing some Duolingo and look forward to trying new foods at lunch.

If you were an animal, which one would you be and why?

The animal I resonate with the most is probably a raccoon. They are small and very curious animals. They are able to quickly solve problems and find intuitive solutions to any complications they encounter. When faced with a quandary, raccoons won’t run from it but find a way to work compatibly with the situation until it's happy with the outcome. Furthermore, they are very adaptable to settings and circumstances and are able to live independently or occupy themselves in a group of other raccoons.

What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses?

I believe a strength of mine is staying calm and doing very well under pressure. Prioritising tasks and having a clear vision of the end goal with strict timelines allows me to focus on the present and what needs to be done to reach the deadline in time.

Because I’m very passionate about what I study, at times I’ve found it hard to have a work/ life balance. During the times I overloaded myself, I found myself being less productive and challenging to stay enthusiastic. Since then, I make sure to schedule time for things that I enjoy to ensure I am producing the best work possible.

Tell us an achievement you're proud of.

Something I’m really proud of is directing the short film: 'Gnaughty Gnomes'. At the beginning of third year, I didn’t think I had the confidence to have a director role in a group project, especially a group consisting of 16 people. Despite this, the project was a massive learning experience for myself and I learned a lot about different departments and pipelines. I have a lot more assurance in my capabilities and what I am able to achieve now because of this leap. I had a lot of fun and the film has now gone on to win awards at festivals!

Would you rather be a wizard, jedi or superhero and why?

Definitely a wizard. They can do almost anything: levitation, shape shifting, teleportation, so no more commuting. The more you learn, the more you can do. I also feel like they have the most peaceful lives out of those three options; just need to make sure you don’t lose your wand.

Which movie inspired you the most to choose this career path and why?

I’m torn between two films. The first being 'The Jungle Book' (2016). As a childhood favourite of mine, it was very enjoyable watching it in a cinema retold in a new, inventive way. I was stunned by how realistic and well integrated everything was, being so inspired when leaving the cinema and left wanting to give other generations this feeling.

The other being 'Annihilation' (2018). I read this book a long time ago and remember struggling to visualise what was happening. When watching the film, I was amazed by how different the director's imagination varied from my own based on the same words. The visual effects were creative, bold and very delicately done. It was shortly after this film I applied to Escape. It was a nice difference from the usual heavy sci-fi VFX that you see a lot.

What was your crowning moment of your time at Escape?

A crowning moment for myself was getting 'Best First time Director' for 'Gnaughty Gnomes'. It was really assuring that the story was appreciated and made me feel happy that the hard work gone into it was worth it.