"A rewarding and creative journey that opened up a new world of possibilities."
Course: BA (Hons) Computer Visualisation and Animation
Year of Graduation: 2006
What appealed to you about Ravensbourne and your chosen degree course?
The appeal of the course was the sense of collective creativity and people sharing their skills sets. When I visited Ravensbourne I was shown short films and drawings the students had produced and it inspired me greatly and helped me make my decision to apply for the course.
How has your degree from Ravensbourne helped you achieve your professional goals?
Professionally having my degree opened the door to prospects of working overseas in animation.
After many years working in London's Soho hub of post-production, for the likes of Framestore and Double Negative, on films such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Edge of Tomorrow, Robocop, Enders Game, John Carter of Mars to name a few. I wanted to apply for work overseas, and this is where a degree really helped with my VISA applications. My first taste of working overseas was in New Zealand for the animation department at Weta Digital, where I worked on the following films: The Hobbit: Battle of The Five Armies, Fast and Furious 7, Alvin the Chipmunks: Road Chip and Spectral.
Working for the Animation department at Weta Digital was a humbling experience and being steps away from stages and all the props departments made me finally feel I was working in the movies.
I recently worked for Cinesite in Montreal Canada and worked on Assassin Creed and Independence Day Resurgence. As much as I have a lot of experience, professionally I still feel I have much to learn and room to keep growing.
What benefits did you experience from studying with us.
Having a degree in animation opened the world to me, and as the film and TV industry is constantly moving around, it meant I could be sponsored for a visa and work overseas.
How is Ravensbourne different from other creative institutions?
At the time of undertaking my degree, the course was less technical and more creative driven.
I believe this is still the case today. The main focus was telling stories and developing ideas. Which for me, was more important than learning how to code and doing shaders and lighting.
Are you working at the moment?
I currently work as a Senior Animator for VFX and TV.
What advice would you give to prospective students?
You are your own brand and it’s important to build your portfolio. This gets you to the interview stage where it’s then about your personality and how well you fit in with the team that helps you get the job.
Passion and persistence will set you apart from everyone else. Use your time wisely at university it will help you grow your skill base and grow as person.
By the end of your degree you should have enough passion about your subject that it shows in your work and in you as person. Don’t be afraid to apply everywhere after finishing your degree, if you don't apply, you will never know what might happen.