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Gonçalo Ferreira

BA (Hons) CGI and Visual Effects
Graduated 2022

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Tell us about your current role?

As a compositor working on post-production for films, I am responsible for integrating 2D and 3D elements together with real-life footage, making it look as realistic as possible, under the director's vision.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

Having the chance to work on the final look of a shot while being able to see the results obtained from the overall team across all the stages of the pipeline.

What are the biggest challenges?

In this field time is precious, what ends up being an everyday challenge. It is important to be aware of the targets established and be organised in order to achieve the goals within the expected time.

How do you feel your studies at Solent helped prepare you for your career?

My studies at Solent played an essential role to help me to get the knowledge to become a compositor. Apart from getting knowledge of the different software used in the industry, before university I had very little idea about what was involved in a production of a movie/series (from the pre-production to the post-production), and the different job roles involved and what they were responsible for. Apart from this, I developed a better understanding of what different elements such as colour, composition, light, different lenses, focal lenses, camera sensors, camera movements, etc, play when creating an image/video. Furthermore I got a better understanding of the vast career options the VFX course will provide.

My studies at Solent played an essential role to help me to get the knowledge to become a compositor.

What are your favourite Solent memories?

I remember my first day getting into the Solent as a student and how I was feeling excited and how surreal everything seemed at that time! I was amazed by the great conditions of the uni, and how lucky I was to be able to be there.

At the same time, I was nostalgic on the last day at the graduation ceremony, where I was feeling happy for having concluded my studies. Also, it was very hard to say goodbye to my teachers, colleagues and to all of that experience that I have lived through the last three years. I would like to thank everyone at Solent who was directly involved with my development, as without them this journey wouldn't be the same

What advice would you give to those wanting to follow in your footsteps?

My advice is to take all the opportunities to learn something new that may be relevant to your future career, networking, go to the events that teachers prepare for you, be present, put time and effort to practice learned skills, and take the opportunity to make your dreams come true! And never forget there is help out there if you struggle!

What's next for your career?

For now, I am focused on becoming a better compositor and improving my artistic and technical skills. However, my long-term hope/plan is to become a VFX supervisor.