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I am a 3D Artist specialising in matchmoving and layout with a passion for the technical side of the pipeline. As an individual dedicated to improving their craft, my interest resides in the capabilities of software and experimenting with them. The duration of my studies also taught me other disciplines (modeling, data wrangling, rendering, etc), key to understanding how my speciailism fits in the pipeline. After graduating, I’m looking forward to start a Generalist position and then proceeding onto a studio where I can pursue a career into my specialism. I strive to develop my skills further and seek opportunities to do so.
GET TO KNOW ETHEN
Describe yourself in 5 words.
Industrious, diligent, systematic, resilient, resourceful.
What hobbies do you have?
Since my 19th birthday, I’ve maintained a little project I’ve called my ‘Pic-A-Day’ project. Every day, I would spend some time working on my photography and take a single picture dedicated for that day. It was a way for me to improve my artistic and technical skills using whatever camera I had on hand. It has been the longest project I have ever worked on and one of my most proudest hobbies. I am currently on day no.1485.
Usually during my commutes, I enjoy learning Spanish and Indonesian via applications I have on my phone. I’d like to keep up my lessons until I’m able to speak both languages fluently.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I’d like to see myself climb up to a team-lead role in my desired specialism. Foreseeing myself and a team problem-solving issues entices me. But also to build a side-hustle, or potentially a business, using surplus income and the skill set I have acquired from university and the 5 years from now.
Tell us an achievement you're proud of.
During the third year at Escape, part of my submission (for the specialism module) was a piece of work highlighting the progression I had made over the course. I re-attempted the first assignment I was given at Escape; to model a toy train. The difference was ‘night and day’. It’s only a small piece of work but I am incredibly proud to see how much I’ve improved.
Would you rather be a wizard, jedi or superhero and why?
I admire the idea of being a Wizard. With a Jedi and superheroes, it seems conventional to have responsibilities forced upon oneself and the character attempts to adhere to the responsibilities.
On the other hand, a wizard’s role seems to choose it’s own responsibilities. I like the opportunity to choose my own path and responsibilities as opposed to one that is chosen for me. It’s natural to work harder on something that you choose to do.
Describe your favourite animated or VFX sequence
One particular sequence that I am very fond of was the bridge battle sequence in 'Thor: Ragnarok' (2017). Not for the sequence itself but because of a specific solution used to model Chris Hemsworth.
Hemsworth in this sequence is entirely CG. Built using photogrammetry with almost 100 different cameras either side on a dome-like metal frame. I remember from the talks I've attended that the captures had to be done twice as to save data storage, only one side of Hemsworth was captured and the model would be mirrored. Due to the asymmetry of Hemsworth’s body, the process had to be redone. The process was inspiring.
What was your crowning moment of your time at Escape?
During the masters course, I intended to develop an idea that would mature into a side-hustle, or potentially a business. Many of the initial pitches fell short and weren’t coherent with my peers. Yet, I persisted and, over time, the idea began to mature and pick up traction. It changed my way of thinking and altered what I wanted to do career-wise. Now entering the short term business plan, I have already obtained a few clients to test the business function.
Not only that, I feel that I have redeemed myself this year. I had struggled in previous years. It didn't feel like that this year.
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