Creators of sln: interview with fx artist uama siddiqui

SLN creators are Uama Siddiqui, a graduate of the Seneca College's Visual Effects for Film and Television program. Now, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Osama successfully made the transition from high school to post-secondary school. As FX Artist with Sony Pictures Imageworks, he has recently worked with the movie Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. That's what Osama had to say about your dreams and make it into the industry

What inspired you to do this job?

I was interested in editing videos from a very early age. I can still remember shooting and editing my own videos when I was only 12 years old. Then I didn' t know I could turn my hobby into a career. I only did it because I liked it. As I grew older, I started to reveal my knowledge of graphics and design, but I felt that these streams did not allow me to fully express my style of creativity. It was before Transformers II when I saw Optimus Prime through the building in the epic struggle I knew I wanted to be part of something like this. I remember feeling completely english when the whole scene looked like. After that, I started to look more serious in my career as FX Artist, and the rest is history

What are the most important skills for this job?

It has a lot of technical skills. Some of them are basic programming knowledge and a solid understanding of 3D software such as Maya and Houdini. There are many technical problems that do not always have a direct direct solution. You must have creative thinking and be able to solve problems creatively. As soon as you begin to familiarize yourself with the internal programming languages for each special effects software, it will shorten the time of work and allow you to more effectively implement your changes

It is important to understand that each of these projects has hundreds of creative minds. We are all working together to translate this vision into reality. In order to bring a vision to life, it is sometimes necessary to go beyond normal means and violate some creative barriers before the end product can be reached

How do you update your skills? Are there any courses, publications, or other resources that you are using?

Given that the industry is constantly developing, it is extremely important to keep it up to the level of the latest trends and technologies. Otherwise, you run the risk of logout. When a problem occurs, or if I am unable to take some of my pictures, I will follow many online tutorials. YouTube and Google are actually your best friends here. In addition, various studios have often produced scenes from selected images of FX, in which they went through the process of how these effects were achieved. Besides, it will not hurt to take part in electronic communities and forums for the FX Artists, where you can interact with other participants in the field to further promote your skills

Who inspired you? Who are some of your role models?

I can't think of a better role model than my parents. I owe them all for showing me how much dedication and hard work are necessary to realize your dream. All I've learned is that I have to make them so as to be seen by the examples

How did you do that when you found out you were working on a new Spider-Man movie?

When I started my studies at Sony, I found that there were three films in the production: Hotel Transylvania 3, Little Foot and, to my surprise, an animated movie "Spider-Man". When I heard that Spider-Man would be animated, I knew I had to do everything I could to become part of the project. Everyone who knows me will tell you that I am a huge fan of Spider-Man. At the end of the training period, we got a list to tell us which movie we're going to be working on. My name was first on the list, and next to my name, Spider-Man. I was shocked and excited. This moment really was like a dream

What did you work for when you came to this movie? What should you pay attention to if they want to see your work?

In a production of hundreds of very talented artists, I was a member of the FX team. A lot of people are very confused about what FX means. Even some of my relatives and friends mistakenly believe that I animate the characters in the film. FX artists are primarily responsible for the life of explosions, fire, dust, snow, garbage, the crowd, the environment, etc. We are also developing tools to help speed up the production process. I personally worked on the scenes with the patios, the snow, the broken glass, and the destruction of the walls. One of the unique aspects of this film is the handwritten lines that help create the comics. I was working on a bunch of these types of shots. When you view the movie, pay attention to the symbols "faces" for the ink lines. This is one of the key features in this film

What was the most difficult part of working on this film?

And the biggest problem is the direction of art. As I said, this film is very unique in its general form. Creating a cartoon movie that looks like a cartoon book is not an easy task, and it's not really what was done before. When you work on something first, it's hard to visualize what the end result will look like. Fortunately, I was part of an amazing team that worked well to bring this vision to life

What was the most pleasant part of the work on this film?

In this film, the most pleasant part of this film is all of it together. Hundreds of people have been trying to create this film for a lot of time and effort. I used to joke with my friends and say that one day they would see my name on the big screen. I think it's safe to say that all this was my name at the end of the titanium next to all these amazing artists

What advice do you give to a student who wants to follow a similar career path?

You need to love what you do. This field requires a lot of hard work and long hours, and often your work may not be appreciated. Be prepared to face a big difference. You can spend a few hours or even months working on something, not everyone will see it as a value. Nevertheless, work hard and be patient, because in the end someone will come and give you this first chance to get your leg in the door

What do you want to know before you start this way?

I'd like to know how involved this field is. The quality of work and talent are some of the main points, but if you are managing valuable connections, it will open doors for you

What kind of advice would you give to the stout students, go to their careers?

My advice to the students who goes into this career should start as early as possible. Play through various programs and programs and see the tutorials. Working with mini-projects until you feel comfortable with software. Try to create as much as you can. You will find that there are many problems related to solving problems, and over time it will be easier to find creative solutions to problems with the help of these tools. Remember, the more you have on your belt, the more resources you will have in your potential employer

What's the best advice you've ever had?

The best advice I ever received was, "It's never too late for your dreams to come true." I've always been a creative person. Whenever I have expressed an interest in this field, I have encountered negative feedback from me. So I decided to put pressure on, and I decided to pursue my career in business. I can honestly tell you that at this time every day I went to class was a nightmare. I absolutely didn' t like what I did

In the end, I was older, everyone around me was finished high school, and now they work as professionals. At the same time, I thought about the career change, but I was absolutely afraid to go back to school and start over. I owe my wife who called me to go back to school to make my dreams come true, because "it's never too late to realize dreams." It was definitely the best thing I've ever done!

What happens next in your career? What are your short-term or long-term plans?

I like to work on these amazing projects, and I plan on doing this. However, I want to take control of the wheel a little bit. In the end, I'm planning some time to work to create something. It's definitely a risk, but, hey, I took a chance before and look where he got me? I am definitely not afraid of the slightest risk for more sleep

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