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Rebecca Pearce

BA (Hons) Visual Effects

Rebecca's course led her to a role as a production assistant working on The Lion King.

I heard that Teesside was one of the best places to study visual effects so I visited an open day and that made my mind up.

Rebecca Pearce

Why did you choose your course at Teesside University?

I heard that Teesside was one of the best places to study visual effects so I visited an open day and that made my mind up.

What did you enjoy most about your course?

I really enjoyed my practical classes and tutors were always happy to help where they could. My course covered a range of topics that allowed me to focus on what I wanted to specialise in when I reached my final year.

3D modelling and texturing was my favourite module. My tutor, Mike Ablett, was really passionate about the subject which passed through to me and increased my passion for learning. The facilities in the computer labs were great too.

Did you complete any work experience during your studies?

Yes, I took a year out before completing my final year where I did a three-month 3D artist internship. I also worked as a runner for three months at a company in London.

What was your social life like at University?

I lived in student accommodation so I made friends with people in my dorm there and ended up living with them when we went into second year. I used the gym at University but as my course was pretty demanding I didn’t take part in that many social events of clubs. I did use the Students’ Union from time to time and attended some really fun events there around Halloween and Christmas.

What did you think of the area around the University?

I visited a number of surrounding areas in my second and third years of University, including Redcar and Durham. There are some lovely places nearby that are good for a day trip.

What have you done since graduating?

I worked as a runner for two months before moving on to be a production assistant at Motion Picture Company (MPC), working on The Lion King. MPC has been one of the global leaders in VFX for over 25 years so I got some great experience.

What are you doing now?

I’m now a production assistant at DNEG, helping in running shows and departments. My daily tasks include scheduling meetings, attending dailies sessions, talking with artists to check they are happy with their scheduled shots, note taking in reviews as well as being a point of contact between clients and the studio.

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