Ex student, Caspian Graça Da Silva, has been working for Envy Post-Production since graduating last year. We caught up with him to find out what he has been up to.
Q. So you are now working at Envy where you also had your placement year. Firstly, what did you get out of your placement?
A. I had a really good experience with my placement, I think when you leave University you’re not sure what to expect when you go out into the big wide world, but going on placement gave me a good eye opener to how things are in the workplace and allowed me to do a trial run of the job hunt which made it e
Q. Did your placement change your approach to the course when you returned for the final year?
A. Definitely, in the workplace you don’t always have the luxury of time, so I deemed it best to try and learn as much as I possibly could while back for the final year, using all the extra time you have to try new ways of doing things and learning new skills that could be developed later on.
Q. And what projects have you been involved with since you graduated?
A. So far I have helped with the ITV rebranding and done lots of basic experimentation and Previz, whilst on lunch or after work, hopefully I’ll get to work on more substantial things as time goes on..
Q. What software are you using now and did you have to retrain at all?
A. I’m currently learning Maya and Nuke, These two programs are used highly in most post houses, sometimes SoftImage if you’re aiming to work in Broadcast.
Q. What’s the best thing about working at Envy?
A. They have an amazing bar where you can get very elaborate cocktails.
Q. What was the best thing about studying at theCollegeCGI?
A.You’re pushed to be a generalist, making everything yourself which in turn gives you a broader knowledge of every aspect of a project from base concepting to modelling and animating to the final compositing.
Q. What is your five-year career goal?
A. I want to develop my skill sets and see where it takes me, hopefully to work on the next big film..
Caspian graduated in 2012 and completed his placement year at Envy in 2010/11. You can see his show reel at http://caspianvfx.com/
Envy is one of the leading Post Production Houses in the UK. They work on programmes including Factual, Drama, Comedy, Documentaries and Light Entertainment and collaborate on design, branding and commercials. http://www.envypost.co.uk/