FROM movies like Tim Burton's Alice and Wonderland to the latest State of Origin series, it seems the future of film and TV is based on 3D and special effects.
JMC Academy’s Kim Edwards stresses the importance of having the right 'toolkit' and experience when seeking out a job in this rapidly growing and diverse field. "A healthy dose of motivation” also goes a long way", says Kim.
Important factors to consider include:
- 'Lay the groundwork': Learning one software program, or relying on one internship experience is simply not enough to advance in the industry. Enrol in a program that covers the fundamentals of digital-image theory and the basics around composition, anatomy, light and colour.
- Build your tool kit: Students who know multiple software programs and techniques for story creation and viewer engagement are well-positioned for jobs. Smaller studios require employees to wear multiple hats. JMC Academy graduates gain maximum knowledge of Maya, Mud Box, Motion Builder and the latest Adobe Creative Suite.
- Promote your work: Build a portfolio of sample work and reels and put it online in the form of a blog or website. Jobs fill quickly so it's necessary to have your portfolio in a format that can be easily emailed or viewed online. The JMC curriculum includes portfolio creation.
- Network, Network, Network: The age-old adage "It's not what you know but who you know" still applies!