TEN emerging visual effects professionals have been selected to undertake training with Glasgow-based visual effects studio, Fix FX, in partnership with software providers The Foundry and leading training specialist, Escape Studios.
Supported through Creative Scotland’s Screen Skills Fund, the new Fix FX skills development programme will make the trainees work-ready for large-scale film and broadcast projects, gaining valuable skills required for entry level jobs in the visual effects industry.
Fix FX is a new visual effects studio based in Glasgow focussing on providing high-quality prep outsource to the visual effects industry.
They specialise in all aspects of prep work including clean-up, tracking, matchmove, paint and basic compositing and are aiming to create up to five new jobs from their roster of trainees come the autumn.
Colin Kennedy, MD, Fix FX Ltd, said: “It’s a privilege to be part of Creative Scotland’s investment in screen skills, this investment in talent is exactly what we need to bridge the gap between education and industry to create jobs and a strong foothold in Scotland for this growing sector.”
Scott Donaldson, head of Film Education, Creative Scotland, said: “We are extremely pleased to be supporting this innovative specialist VFX scheme through our Screen Skills Fund.
“The project will create practical training opportunities in support of the indigenous visual effects industry in Scotland, an increasingly important sector.
“The development of a range of creative skills and talents is vitally important for the development of the screen industries as a whole.
“This training is one of a number of valuable initiatives taking place across Scotland to develop a skilled, diverse and sustainable screen workforce.”
Fix FX have been building relationships with various educational establishments in Scotland over the last year and have new recruits from Napier, University of Paisley, University West of the Scotland and Glasgow Caledonia University on their course.
The selected trainees are:
Lewis Telfer – First Class hons in 3D Animation, GCU
Rex Harby – First Class hons in 3D Animation, GCU
Steven Bracki – First Class hons in 3D Animation, GCU
Lawrence Paul-Okoh – First Class Hons 3D Animation, GCU
Chris Duffy – First Class Hons Computer Animation & Digital Arts, UWS
Martin Thompson – career change into VFX
Caroline Campbell – BA Hons Fine Art & MA in 3D visualisation, GSA
Isabelle Gilbert – BSc Digital Media, Napier University
Karolina Szydlowska – MA 3D Design for Virtual Environments, GCU
Escape Studios have created a bespoke course to enhance the Fix FX trainees skills and make them work ready in the key prep disciplines.
Fix have also partnered with The Foundry to provide Nuke software licenses, the leading industry tool for compositing and Glasgow Caledonian University are hosting the ground-breaking course with access to their state of the art facilities and software.
Davi Stein, head of Compositing for Escape Studios, said: “I am impressed by the enthusiasm and high level of achievement the trainees are reaching during their Nuke Compositing training. Collaborating with Fix VFX has been a fantastic opportunity for them to gain a professional skill set.”
Fix FX are aiming to create up to five new jobs in the sector this autumn to work on film and TV projects from across the UK and beyond.
About Fix FX
Fix FX is a new visual effects studio based in Glasgow that focus on providing high-quality prep outsource to the visual effects industry. They specialise in all aspects of prep work including clean-up techniques, tracking, paint work and basic compositing. www.fixfx.co.uk
About The Foundry
The Foundry is a global developer of computer graphics, visual effects (VFX) and 3D design software for the design, visualisation and entertainment industries. www.thefoundry.co.uk
About Escape Studios
Escape Studios is Europe’s premier visual effects academy with 13 years experience in creating world-class, studio-ready talent. www.pearsoncollegelondon.ac.uk/escape-studios.html
About the Screen Skills Fund
The £1 million Screen Skills Fund was announced earlier this year by the Culture Secretary and forms part of a wider package of public sector support to stimulate growth in the screen industry. http://tiny.cc/qg10cy
About Creative Scotland
Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.com. Follow us @creativescots and www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland
Colin Kennedy, director, Fix FX
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Media relations and PR officer, Creative Scotland
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