New Featured Artist Interview: Angelo White
After noticing the lack of prominence the Netherlands held in the VFX industry, Angelo White, a digital compositor, decided to create Division Creative Media. This video and visual effects post-production company hasn’t even been open six months but it has already garnered international attention. We were lucky enough to score an interview with the founder, Angelo.
Digital-Tutors: Thanks for taking the time to do this interview with us! Let’s start from the beginning. How did you get started? Angelo: When I was 17, I started making little commercial videos for dance events in the Netherlands. I really had fun with it and my interest grew when I saw the movie Transformers. After seeing the movie, I saved my money to attend a three day intensive course for Autodesk Maya. I learned a lot, probably more than I ever thought I could learn in three days. With all of the knowledge I gained, I made a small teaser trailer about a robot attacking the city. Surprisingly, it had a lot of attention in the Netherlands and I was asked to do television interviews.
Digital-Tutors: If you hadn’t been inspired by Transformers to get into VFX, what would you be doing? Angelo: I always wanted to be a pro soccer player, but my interest in visual effects became bigger over the years as I got older. I started to look at movies and pay close attention to details in the visual effects. Before I knew it, I was addicted. Digital-Tutors: What about the CG industry makes you ‘addicted’? Angelo: Swiping between the original and final images is the best part for me. When I do this, I can see all of the hard work I put in and that it was worth it. It’s always great to see the original photography and how it turned out with all of the visual effects added in the shot.
Digital-Tutors: What is the least addicting part of your job? Angelo: It’s hard to make your picture final, because it is never final---you can always improve it. It’s hard to let a project go as what it is, because you will always have in your mind that maybe it could be better. Digital-Tutors: In what way has Digital-Tutors affected your career as an artist?
Angelo: A lot of people came to me saying that they liked my tutorials and learned a lot. That was great to hear. I never thought I would make tutorials, because I still watch them myself sometimes. Creating tutorials drives me to improve myself and share my knowledge with others.
Digital-Tutors: What advice do you have for young artists trying to get into the industry? Angelo: Do what you love to do, create your own vision and people will respect it. Learn as much as you can, and try to learn from other people as well. Be nice to everyone; it’s a small world. Get to know people because they will help you get in the industry easier than doing it by yourself! This is not an easy industry to get in.
Digital-Tutors: Any last things you’d like to share with the world? Angelo: If you get denied by studios, keep your head up, because I have been denied a lot of times. Stay nice to people and the nice things will come to you. When you learn something new, improve that knowledge and create that new vision that no one has ever seen before. I always say: Epic is the only way!
Digital-Tutors: Thank you for talking with us and we wish you all the best with DCM. Watch Angelo’s tutorials on Destroying Urban Environments in NUKEX and Destruction Compositing Techniques in NUKEX
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