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I'm a third year 2D VFX student who's passionate about film and story telling. Looking to start a career as a Junior Comp Artist or a Runner so that I can learn more about the film industry.

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GET TO KNOW RICHARD

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

A chimpanzee, the most employable denizen of the animal kingdom.

What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses?)

My strengths are soft skills, I work well with others and I take critical feedback well. I work hard to keep a healthy team dynamic throughout projects. I’m weakest with organisation, I generally take longer to learn file paths and process complex instructions so I carry notebooks and set phone reminders for important tasks.

What job position would excite you the most to start your career with?

Any job in which I can be among those that I could learn from. Ideally this would be as a Junior doing prep work, while shadowing other artists, but also being a runner for well staffed and experienced departments would afford me those exciting opportunities.

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

A wizard, the other two options seem to come with responsibilities attached regarding truth, justice and defending the weak which feels like something that could get pretty stressful weighing down on you all the time.

Describe your favorite VFX sequence.

'Sherlock Holmes - A Game of Shadows' has a very famous chase sequence through a snowy forest around the German/Swiss border. It features a lot of slow motion shots that show off the speed and destruction of artillery shells by showing them hurtling past characters while they run, actually having the characters and shells share the frame during excruciatingly slow motion to really emphasise just how hopelessly slow they are by comparison before the shell then races past, detonates, and sends them back the way they came with a shockwave. It also functions as a caution against industrialised war which is also cool.

What was your crowning moment of your time at Escape?

Seeing the final cut of the first film that I've ever directed.