Where are they now? – Josh Chappell

We caught up with ex-student Josh for a bit of Q&A after seeing this great photo on Facebook…

josh chappell

Q: How does it feel to have worked on a multi-award winning film such as Interstellar?
A: It felt pretty good. To be part of a team that won an Oscar and Bafta was an amazing experience and I’m looking forward to the next project. All the pain and hard work feels worth it now.
Q: What role did you have in making Interstellar?
A: I was a matchmove artist, creating and stabilising the cameras from the 2D sequences for the effects to sit nicely within the scene. This also includes animating objects that have interaction and body tracking
Q: Is that typical of the work you do at Double Negative?
It depends on which route in VFX you would like to take, whether it’s a 3D or 2D route. Typically if you want to go into anything 3D you’ll start off in matchmove and get to learn the pipeline and then train in the subject you wish to pursue. The 2D route starts with rotoscope, then paint and then moving on into compositing.
Q: What is your next career step?
A: It’s difficult to say. I’m currently a matchmove TD [Technical Director] and quite enjoy it. I’m training in effects at the moment but it all really depends on the opportunities that may appear.
Q: What is it like working for D-Neg?
A: Working for D-Neg is great, its a really nice working atmosphere and everyone is very friendly, the training they offer is really good and made by the artists so you know your getting all the best tips and secrets.
Q: How did you get your job there?
A: I actually just walked up to them in a presentation at Talbot campus and gave them my CV. It’s definitely worth being prepared with your CV, reel and cover letter, as I think I was the only one and most likely meant they had something to read on the way back to London.
Q: How did your CGI degree help you get to where you are now?
A: I would say the CGI degree is essential as it is a very competitive area to get into. Everyone applying is showing their best work and qualifications. It definitely makes you stand out, but also the employers know that you have the ability to work hard and and complete tasks.
Q: What was the best bit of advice you got from our BSc course?
A: Not sure. I don’t think it was one piece of advice – throughout the years we were always pushed to make great work and this can only be done with hard work, good guidance and good advice through out the years of study.
Q: What advice would you give to someone looking to make the most out of our CGI degree programme?
A: Work as hard as you can, but also work harder than everyone else and more. There is always someone working harder and you want it to be you. The thing with CGI is that it takes a lot of work to make something great but most employers will only hire people that show them something awesome.
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