Confetti graduates celebrate VFX industry success

Friday January 28, 2022

Graduates from our Visual Effects courses are celebrating after landing jobs with notable VFX companies working on upcoming blockbusters “the Batman”, and a new Tom Hardy Netflix film, “Havoc”.

Our vocational-based college and degree courses, including BTEC level 3 (College) VFX and Animation, and BSc (Hons) Visual Effects Production Technology provide hands-on, real world experience ready for when you graduate. The training and experience gained are a huge springboard for what comes next and we are so proud of our recent class of graduates, many of whom have secured themselves positions at prominent visual effects companies worldwide.

Emre Papilla has landed a job as a Production Assistant for Scanline VFX. Scanline is a successful visual effects studio with two Emmy Awards under its belt for its work on Game of Thrones, and an Academy Award nomination for 2015’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Scanline’s next big blockbuster, Robert Pattison’s “The Batman”, will be arriving in UK theatres on 4 March.

“I’m really loving my time at Scanline; I get to work on some really exciting projects… many of which are top secret! The job itself is very coordination based, lots of scheduling and writing. The core skills I learned at Confetti like working to deadline, professional writing standards and learning new software and situations, are what helped me to feel confident enough to apply for and start this job.” – Emre Papilla

Max Brown red hoodie showing work to British concept artist, James Lewis. Vines

Max Brown has secured himself a “green job” working as a Virtual Production and 3D Generalist at the environmentally friendly Dupe VFX. Dupe craft stunning visual effects for award winning films and hit TV shows, like Stranger Things and Sex Education. They are also the world’s first visual effects company with B Corporation certification, a badge of honour for businesses working to reduce their carbon emissions. Dupe VFX have recently announced they are working on a new Tom Hardy Netflix crime drama, Havoc, expected to be released in 2022.

Will Becher, Animator and Director for Aardman Animation

Another Confetti graduate, Joe Draghi, recently undertook a prestigious aid bursary at Aardman Animations, the four times Academy Award® winning animation studio, and creators of Wallace & Gromit. Aardman have made regular appearances at our annual Confetti Industry Week, a time where big names are brought to Nottingham to inspire, teach and impress through a series of talks, workshops, demos and game jams. When asked for his thoughts on Confetti and the calibre of our graduates, Director and Animator for Aardman Animations, Will Becher, said:

“Industry Week gives students the chance to ask questions that don’t come up during teaching. I think it’s an amazing place to be inspired and work around creatives. Confetti students are really well engaged. I think it’s a great environment for people to just find their feet and find where they want to go.”

Industry Week will be returning better than ever in 2022, stay tuned for more information over the coming weeks! To catch-up on previous years’ Industry Week masterclasses, check out our on-demand service.

Two further Confetti VFX graduates, Ryan Hancock and Chloe Tanner, have been hired as 3D Artists for the anime-inspired strategy game, ChainGuardians. ChainGuardians enables gamers to play to earn cryptocurrency. Unlike other free to play games ChainGuardians gives its players full ownership of in-game assets that can be traded freely and used across multiple platforms. The game will soon be ready for esports team competitions where players can battle to earn.

We recently caught up with one of the graduates, Chloe, to see how she’s getting on in the role and to learn what she’s been up to:

“I’m enjoying it a lot. ChainGuardians has a lot of talented people all across the globe. Communicating with people from different countries instantly really helps to develop your different skillsets and build up your industry contacts, which I think is one of the major advantages.

“Project wise, myself and the ChainGuardians team are working on developing a Metaverse! I’ve already look-developed and rendered some CG shoes for advertisement of real-world versions as well as NFT versions which players will be able to wear in this Metaverse – I will note, however, I did not make the shoes, they were made by my former classmate and now colleague Ryan Hancock. I helped make them look pretty and rendered it for promotional purposes.

“We’re trying to create and advertise in a rapid turnaround to keep the community that ChainGuardians has created on their toes and excited for what’s to come!”

Well done guys, the shoes look epic – we can’t wait to join you in the metaverse real soon!

Our Confetti HE VFX Course Leader, Brian Hurst, is over the moon with these awesome graduate outcomes, he said:

“It’s fantastic to see that our VFX curriculum is preparing Confetti students for careers in the visual effects industry with such outstanding companies. I want to congratulate these alumni on their new roles and wish them every success in the future.”

Are you interested in studying Visual Effects and Animation at college or degree level, and getting hands-on work experience as part of your studies? Book onto an open day to find out more about all the opportunities on offer here at Confetti.