Student Speak: A visual treat

CHIRAG KAPILA Diploma programme in Visual Effects for Film & Television Vancouver Institute of Media Arts (VanArts)

I started my education in the field of commerce. I did my BCom Hons from the University of Delhi and studied CA. But I knew that I did not want to do this for the rest of my life. I am more inclined towards the arts; I enjoy sketching and painting.
I decided to enter the animation field six years ago. I enjoyed watching animation films and wondered how they worked. I heard about this place where character animation was taught. It was a three-year course but after a year, I realised it wasn’t what I was expecting.

Vancouver Institute of Media Arts (VanArts) seemed like a good choice.World-class mentors, dedicated 3D character animation course, small class size -perfect for my needs.Wayne Gilbert, one of the best mentors for animation and Mark Pudliener, both taught us the language of animation.

I graduated in March 2012. To my surprise, in the graduation ceremony, I was awarded Honours, which is given to students who excel over excellent.

I applied at Technicolor Bengaluru for the post of 3D animator. I got a call and on the basis of my work done in VanArts, I was selected. I started working for Rockstar Games in Technicolor, one of the biggest names in the gaming world. I found the opportunity to work on the world’s number one game, Grand Theft Auto 5. After working for almost three years in Rockstar Games, I decided to resign and update my skills. In this evergrowing world of animation, one skill is not enough. Now my next goal is to learn visual effects for movies.

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