How to get a job at ILM
Jason Horley, Pablo Dominguez Aguilar, and Bimpe Alliu of Industrial Light and Magic’s London art department give top tips on how to get involved, including how to learn 3D using free software like Maya and Blender.
02. Simplify your art
Horley, Dominguez Aguilar, and Alliu talked about how to simplify your concept art and how to tell if you’ve got it right by looking at it from afar.
03. Learn about colour and light
Horley recommends two reference books: Color and Light: a Guide for the Realist Painter by James Gurney and Color and Composition for Film by Hans P Bacher. Filmmaking is famously known as “painting with light,” and successfully capturing light in your work is a good way to get ILM’s attention.
04. Learn about camera lenses
Attending events like Vertex can help you make contacts at ILM London, and you don’t have to be an experienced concept artist to apply; one of the studio’s current art assistants got the job by approaching them at Vertex.
How do I get into ILM?
To apply, you’ll need a cover letter, resume, a contact list of three references, and a link to your demo reel. Before you do, read the site’s FAQs. The ILM staff is busy, and they have a lot of applications to look through each day.
What renderer does ILM use?
ILM’s main 3D application is Autodesk Maya, and their main renderer is Pixar’s RenderMan, but these tools are supplemented with a plethora of other software and proprietary tools.
How can I get a job in CGI?
How to Become a Computer Graphics Artist
- Build a Portfolio. Artists are expected to have a portfolio to show prospective employers.
- Gain Experience. Many positions require professional experience.
- Continue Education. In order to find a career in this field, you’ll first need to learn how to learn CGI.
What software does Weta Digital use?
Weta Digital’s use of NUKE and OCULA on Avatar WETA Digital also developed CityBot, a program that allowed them to create entire city landscapes, which they used to create the New York City of 1933 for King Kong.
What editing software does Star Wars use?
With the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the company has released a free Special Edition of its editing, effects, and animation software, HitFilm 3 Express, that includes Star Wars-themed effects.
Is CGI hard to learn?
CGI stands for Computer Generated Imagery, and it’s a pretty broad term. CGI is simple to learn, but it can be very expensive and time consuming to master because it encompasses so many different types of effects.
Is VFX a good career?
VFX is now a bad business for everyone, from companies to artists. If you love it and it’s your passion, go for it. If you think it’ll be a good career, think again.
What degree do you need to work with CGI?
In a nutshell, here’s what you need to know about your career.
|Degree Required||Bachelor’s degree|
|Education Field of Study||Computer graphics, art, computer science|
|Key Skills||Creativity, artistic talent, time-management|
|Job Growth (2018-2028)||4% (for multimedia artists and animators)*|
|Median Salary (2018)||$72,520 per year (for multimedia artists and animators)*|
Is ILM owned by Disney?
ILM was founded in Van Nuys, California, in 1978, and has been based at the Letterman Digital Arts Center in the Presidio of San Francisco since 2005. In 2012, The Walt Disney Company purchased ILM as part of its acquisition of Lucasfilm.
Can you visit Industrial Light and Magic?
Do you offer tours of Lucasfilm and ILM? Because Lucasfilm’s campuses are working production facilities, we do not offer public tours; however, general and non-press inquiries should be directed to [email protected]
What did George Lucas sell to Disney?
George Lucas, the man behind Star Wars, a space opera series you may have heard of, sold Lucasfilm and all of its assets, including that same space opera series, to Disney, a company you may have heard of, in 2012.