My experience in college life

Visual effects artist Roland Athouris III has applied his craft professionally on multiple promotional campaigns, music videos, and films. Armed with a BFA in computer animation and an MFA in film production, Roland has always had a passion for bringing his artistic visions to life on screen. Experienced in onset supervision, compositing, visual effects, CG modeling, texturing, nCloth simulation, fluid effects, and crowd simulation. He is able to deliver commercials, music videos, promos, and films of any caliber for every kind of client.

In the years that I’ve been on this planet I’ve noticed that nothing can evoke an emotion, change a heart, or inspire any individual like a great film can. Being apart of the film industry has opened my eyes to many things in life. Most people look at movies and assume that it’s just a camera guy pressing record. The actors reciting lines, and a director yelling cut and action between takes. But in actuality most feature productions have hundreds to thousands of crewmembers putting there blood, sweat, and tears into every project. Whether it’s pre-production, production, post-production, marketing, distributing, or even sales. Each and every job throughout a project plays a very important role in the films success. There are way too many topics on film to cover in just one article, so I’m just going to dive into my film school experience.
I attended a school called Full Sail University from 2011-2014, where I attained a BFA in Computer Animation and a MFA in Film Production. Before enrolling I was always told horror stories about different film schools. I heard many people say that you don’t need a degree to get into the industry, and it’s just a waste of money. Or things like you will never find a stable job to feed your kids, or let along yourself. None of the comments affected me until my first couple of months at school. I was on an accelerated program, which meant class 8 hours a day, Monday through Friday and an occasional weekend. The days were broken up into 4-hour lectures and 4-hour labs, and most times the classes pushed into the early morning hours like 1am through 9am. This was just to get us used to the crazy hours being in the film industry.
We learned about everything from writing a script, to pitching it to potential studios or producers. Hiring a cast and crew, scouting locations, creating a budget, and even marketing the film. I cant imagine what it would be like to try to create a film by yourself because it’s such a team effort, and you’ll need a great group of people around to get you through it.
When working on long lasting productions, the people around you can become a second family in many ways. Sometimes you see them more than your actual loved ones because days can go as long as 16 hours. The more people you know and meet on set, the more projects you potentially will work on together in the future. It’s important to keep a positive attitude, and be that person everyone wants to work with on set all day. Trust me, no one wants to be around a “negative Nancy” for many hours daily for months or sometimes years straight.
Even though it seems exhausting and unappealing, there is nothing like seeing your film for the first time on the big screen. It’s almost as if 300+ people gave birth to one huge baby. It’s an experience that is unexplainable, and to see an audience react to a film positively puts the icing on the cake.

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