Two great pieces of news:

  1. It’s official. I’M IN THE BIZ!
  2. fxguide included one of the ads I worked on in a “Jaw-dropping effects” article.

Pretty much, if you wanted to translate the amazing feeling I’ve had into a song, it would be this:

To start at the top, I’ve recently been on trial as an animator at alt.vfx (the studio where I started out as a production assistant in client service over a year and a half ago). I KNOW, CRAZY COOL RIGHT!?! You can actually work your way up from the bottom like a couple of mailroom monsters.

Like Mike and Sully in 'Monster's University'! Source: flickr

Like Mike and Sully in ‘Monster’s University’! Source: flickr

In that trial time, I worked as one of the animators of some CG birds for the Woolworths supermarket spots in Australia:

– and also this slick ad for Honda HRV:

Pretty cool right? With the birds, I just adjusted some recycled animation, but with the Honda ad, I was responsible for the car-forming shots and a bit of layout. Maybe that doesn’t sound like a lot but the car-forming shot meant I had to sort out every piece of geo on the car (and I mean EVERY nut, screw and bolt) and create multiple revisions on how the car should form.

Then of course our cray-mazing lighters, compositors and editors put it together to look realistic.

What’s really cool is that fxguide then reviewed that work in this article:

VFX in TVCs: Jaw-dropping (and truck-dropping) effects

– which also includes reviews for television commercials from the studio Framestore, MPC and Method Studios.

That’s right guys: alt.vfx is up there with the best of them.

The same day that article was published (2 days ago) I was then officially offered a full-time role as a junior animator. So now I work at one of the best studios in Australia. Could the day get any better!?

Oh and I had a low-carb burger for lunch and it still tasted as good as a real burger. CAREER AND HEALTH FOR THE WIN!

So watch this space for updates on the next round of ads! It’s some cool stuff and I’m excited to share it with you!

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