In May, we announced our partnership with Film Victoria to kick-start our VFX Placements Program. The program is open to Victorian residents and offers multiple six-month placements over the course of two years at our Melbourne studio. For the next two months, our recruiting team and supervisors reviewed over 150 applications, interviewed the top 15, and found our very first placement–Alex James.
Today marks the end of Alex's second week at Luma, so we chatted with him to learn all about what those two weeks have been like so far.
Give us the lowdown. What encouraged you to apply for the Luma VFX Placements Program?
Well, I’ve been in and out of a few very different jobs over the past few years but I’ve always tried to pursue a career in visual effects. I’ve been following Luma since I began my Bachelor in Animation at SAE, and I’ve always been on the lookout for a way in. When I discovered that Luma was opening a spot for an intern it was a no brainer to apply.
What was your first week like?
My first week was amazing! I was assigned a buddy on my first day who showed me around and helped me get set up as well as answering any questions I had in mind. After the introductions it was straight into Maya to get started on some work. The culture team was so nice and set up a get together after work on Friday to celebrate me joining the team.
What are you working on now?
I’m part of the asset team so I’ve been doing a lot of UV unwrapping to start off with and get familiar with the Luma workflow. I was also able to create my first asset for Godzilla vs Kong. It’s really cool to know that what I’m working on will be a part of a film on the big screen! That’s the dream.
You’re almost done with week two. What are your first impressions of Luma so far?
After 2 weeks it just gets better and better. It's such an amazing work environment where everyone is so collaborative and helpful across all departments.
What are you hoping to get out of this placement program?
I'm all about learning and improving so that’s my main goal, but I’m really hoping this will be the beginning of a long and fulfilling career in visual effects.