Akuba eyigqibile inkqubo yeSikolo seSatifikethi seMatriki, u-Maher uza neempawu ezizodwa eklasini.
Adelaide, South Australia—Thomas Maher is the youngest member of the teaching staff at Rising Sun Pictures Education. The Adelaide native is himself an alumnus of the program, having completed the Graduate Certificate in Dynamic Effects and Lighting in 2017, delivered in conjunction with Rising Sun Pictures (RSP) and the University of South Australia (UniSA). After gaining professional experience as an artist at Adelaide VFX shop Resin, and teaching Houdini and Nuke basics at TAFE, Tom returned to RSP last year. Since then, he has served as a teaching assistant to Dan Wills in the Graduate Certificate course in Dynamic Effects and Lighting and co-taught classes in Compositing, Paint and Roto and other subjects. He has also worked as an artist at the studio on several films including the blockbuster hit UCaptain Marvel.
UTom ungqine ukuthandwa phakathi kwabafundi kulwazi lwakhe lweHoudini, ukukwazi ukwenza iikhonsepthi ezinzima zibonakale zilula, kunye nethamsanqa aweza nalo kwigumbi lokufundela. Naye, uye wamangaliswa ngamagcisa anqwenelekayo adibana nawo eklasini. Uthi: “Ndisebenze kwiiklasi ezahlukeneyo ezine kwaye phantse wonke umfundi udlula into endiyilindeleyo. “Baqhubekeka bendichukumisa ngobuchule babo bobuchwephesha kunye nobugcisa, kunye nesantya abakwaziyo ukufunda nokusebenzisa izinto esizifundisayo. Banobuhlobo kakhulu, baqolile kwaye banobuchule. ”
Njengabaninzi babafundi bakhe, uTom waba nomdla kwimiboniso ebonakalayo evela kubukela iimovie eselula. Wenza imiboniso bhanyabhanya emfutshane kwisikolo samabanga aphakamileyo kwaye wafumana uqeqesho olusemthethweni kwiDyunivesithi yaseAdelaide nakwiTAFE SA, ekugqibeleni wafumana iDiploma ePhambili kwiScreen nakwiMedia.
While still a student at TAFE, Tom undertook two short courses learning Houdini at RSP. He enjoyed the experience so much that he enrolled in the Graduate Certificate program after his graduation. He chose to focus on mastering Houdini through the course on Dynamic Effects and Lighting and he describes the experience as a game changer. It not only helped him take his skills to a new level, it taught him how to turn his passion into a tangible, lifetime career.
Uthi: “Kwakumnandi. “Ukusukela oko ndangena, ndaziva ngathi andingomfundi, kodwa ndililungu leqela. Abasebenzi basebenze nzima ukusenza sizive samkelekile. Amagcisa avela kumgangatho, awayengeyonxalenye yabasebenzi bezemfundo, ayakwehla anike uncedo nengxelo ngomsebenzi wethu. Kwakunzulu, ngokusisigxina, iintsuku ezintlanu ngeveki. Kwakumnandi ukuba kwimeko apho unokwakha khona amandla. ”
Emva kokugqitywa kwenkqubo yeSatifikethi seGraduate, uTom wachitha iinyanga ezimbalwa ethumela i-reels kwaye eqhubeka kwakhona kunye nodliwano-ndlebe ngemisebenzi, ngaphambi kokuba umhlobo wakhe amcebise kwisikhundla sokuba ngumculi osemtsha eResin. Indima yakhe ngokuyintloko yayiquka ukuqamba kunye nokwenza iifoto, kodwa wayenethuba lokusebenzisa izakhono zakhe zeHoudini ukudala iziphumo zamanzi kuludwe lweNetflix Tidelands.
Ixesha elincinci emva kokuqala eResin, uTom wanikwa umsebenzi wesibini, efundisa uHoudini kwisikolo sakhe sangaphambili, i-TAFE. Wafumana amava amnandi njengomsebenzi wakhe kumgangatho wegcisa. Ukhumbula oku: “Ndandihlala ndiyithanda ingcinga yokufundisa. "Kwakungumsebenzi onzima lo, kodwa bendiwuthanda, ngakumbi njengoko ubandakanya uHoudini, eyona nto ibalulekileyo kum."
Mid last year, a teaching assistant position opened at RSP. Anna Hodge, who manages the program, thought of Tom, whom she knew both from his time at RSP and at TAFE. He jumped at the chance to return. “I was like, ‘Yes!’” he says. “It was amazing to be back at RSP and be on the other side of the desk.”
It’s not surprising that Tom has got on well with his students. He is not much older than most of the young artists in his classroom and, having recently gone through the program himself, finds it easy to identify with their struggles and triumphs. “It’s only been two years since I started my first job and transitioned from student to professional artist and teacher,” he observes. “The landscape of the industry hasn’t changed much. When you send out applications, you don’t always hear back. It can be discouraging, but you’ve just got to continue to improve your own skills and apply again. That’s something that I learned the hard way and so I counsel my students to be patient and persistent. I also encourage them to take advantage of all the employment resources offered by RSP.”
Beyond sticking to it, Tom advises his students to think long and hard about their futures. “Think about which role within VFX you’d like to pursue,” he insists. “At the outset, they may all seem somewhat similar, but they lead to very different career paths. If you have your heart set on eventually becoming a compositor, for example, find out which junior roles lead to it, like paint and roto, and work to develop those skills. If you are unsure where you want to end up, take a basic course with a little bit of everything, or see what you can learn at home. You’ll probably learn very quickly what you don’t like and where your passion is. You’ll also have a better idea about what the pros do and be better prepared for more advanced work.
Ukuba unomdla kwimibonakalo, njengoko ndenzayo, kuya kufuneka uyenze. Akuzange kubekho ixesha elingcono lokuba ngumculi wefilimu, eAdelaide nakwihlabathi liphela. ”
Malunga nokuphakamisa ilanga imifanekiso:
Kwimifanekiso yeRising Sun (RSP) senza iziphumo ezibonakalayo ezikhuthazayo kwizitudiyo eziphambili kwihlabathi liphela. Isitudiyo sethu likhaya labazobi abanetalente ekhethekileyo abasebenza ngokubambisana ukuhambisa imifanekiso engakholelekiyo. Ukujolisa ekuveliseni ezona zisombululo zisemgangathweni ophezulu kunye nezintsha, i-RSP inemibhobho eguqukayo kakhulu, evumela inkampani ukuba inyuse ngokukhawuleza kwaye ilungelelanise ukuhamba kwayo ukuze ihlangabezane neemfuno zabathengi ezandayo.
Isitudiyo sethu sonwabela ukubakho eAdelaide, eMzantsi Ostreliya, esinye sezona zixeko zixabisekileyo ehlabathini. Oko, kudityaniswa nodumo lwethu oluhle, kunye nokufikelela kwesinye sezona ziphulelo zinkulu nezinokuthenjwa, kwenza i-RSP ibe ngumazibuthe wabenzi beefilimu kwihlabathi liphela. Oku kusiqhubele kwimpumelelo eqhubekayo kwaye kwenza i-RSP ukuba negalelo kuluhlu lweeprojekthi kubandakanya iSigcawu-Indoda: Ifama Evela Ekhaya, uKapteni Marvel, iDumbo, Alita: Ingelosi Yedabi, I-Predator, iTomb Raider, Peter Rabbit, Ihlabathi Lezilwanyana, Thor: Ragnarok, Logan, Pan, i-X-Men franchise kunye neMidlalo yeTrone.
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