Working on 'Ghostbusters' Animation and VFX by JMC graduate Rachel

After studying Animation at JMC Academy, Rachel Neville has gone on to work at prestigious Animation and VFX company Iloura, working on incredible projects such as the recently released film ‘Ghostbusters’. 

‘Going to see Ghostbusters at the cinema and seeing my name up there on the screen was beyond exciting. While studying, I remember saying to some of my friends when we were at the movies watching the hundreds of names scroll by in the credits, “One day my name is going to be one of those” and about a year later it was. ‘

How did you get the opportunity to work on this project?  

I was given the opportunity to apply for the role of recruitment/ artist coordinator here are Iloura towards the end of my degree with JMC. Sean was contacted by Iloura to see if there was anyone he thought suitable for the role so he asked me if it was okay to put my name forward. Of course I jumped at the chance and was successful at getting my foot in the door in my dream industry.   

A couple of months in to my job there was a need for someone to help out with production coordination and as I was there, knew how to use the project management software, and my former lecturer Pauline was the project manager, she recommended they give me a go at production coordinator.  

What was your favourite part of the experience?  

For me it’s a tie between working with the crew and getting the hands on experience in learning how visual effects are produced through the entire pipeline. The crew here are so amazing- they work really hard and never made me feel like I was out of place. I was also introduced to departments I didn’t know existed and learnt how important it is to have each department working in sync with each other.   

Why did you choose to study at JMC Academy?   

Before starting at JMC I had tried studying Animation online while working full time but found that I was giving myself too many excuses to only put partial effort in to my studies. I decided to take the plunge and commit to full time study and went to a few open days to see what my options were. I liked the vibe of JMC a lot as I walked around and spoke to Sean Callinan (Head of Animation and Game Dveleopment) and a couple of students about the course and it felt like a good fit.   

What were your favourite things about studying at JMC?  

I was very lucky with my intake at JMC. We were a very social bunch who found that we had lots of common interests and got along really well. Everyone was really supportive and would help out wherever needed, teachers included. I also found this course covered a bit of everything so I could try out different avenues and find out which of them I wanted to pursue.   

Oh, and there was that couple of weeks in 2015 where I got to fly to LA, spend a week touring studios and theme parks and then the next attending classes at the Los Angeles Film School… by far one of the coolest experiences I would have never had without JMC.   

What advice would you give to current students?  

You may think that it’s only university and you’re not in the workplace yet but your attitude and work ethic in class can directly affect your future. My job at Iloura is a result of Sean noticing how hard I worked throughout my degree. The connections you make while studying, whether it is a student or teacher, can open doors for you that you may not have even knew existed.  

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