Focused on tool/coding development skills and finding technical solutions, apprentices can work towards careers as Technical Directors in VFX. They will be able to specialise in technical direction in lighting, physical simulation, anatomy/movement of animation and many other different disciplines upon the completion of their Apprenticeship.
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Assistant Technical Directors (ATDs) may perform a diverse series of technical support functions in order to ensure the smooth running of a visual effects project. They are responsible for:
ATDs utilise a variety of industry standard graphical applications, scripting languages and operating systems. They may support projects by gathering artist requirements, designing solutions and coding small-scale tools using established employer workflow requirements.
They are expected to work well within a team and to be good communicators and problem solvers. Upon successful completion of their apprenticeship, the individual could have a diverse career progression.
Some may progress to become Pipeline Technical Directors, Software Developers, Riggers, Technical Directors or FX Artists. Some will eventually become supervisors in their field. ATDs will typically be employed by a range of small to large post-production companies servicing the British and International Film, Television and Commercial industries. They will usually be based in an once environment working on television commercials, television series and feature films.
The course comprises of an initial 4-week “bootcamp” based at Nescot College, Epsom, Surrey. During this time you’ll be given the overview of the VFX World and will develop some of the essential skills and knowledge to get you ready for facing the industry. You’ll then enter your placement. Here is where you develop your critical and real-world VFX skills that the big-time visual effects companies in the world want, because that’s exactly where you’ll be.
Regular workplace visits and week-long ‘masterclasses’ will take place throughout the year where you will develop and refine new skills. You’ll be expected to do the following:
Apprenticeships are fully funded for those aged 16 – 18 years. There is an annual employer contribution for those aged 19+.
Applicants are expected to already have a minimum GCSE C grade or Level 2 Functional Skills in both English and Maths. A portfolio of work and any other relevant qualifications may be asked for during the interview process. Make sure to showcase how much you love VFX.
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Last updated - 27/03/17