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Lee Watson

Career Path: Freelance VFX Artist and Motion Graphic Designer
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Where are you doing now?

I am now working as a freelance VFX artist and motion graphic designer. I work mainly on music videos and TV shows and have a few feature films under my belt too (two of which are coming out to cinemas this year).

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals / give your career an edge?

Studying at Northumbria enabled me to meet a lot of like-minded people who enjoyed doing the same thing. As filmmaking is a collaborative effort, I found that the friends you make are one of the most important aspects to having an edge. It's so much harder to go it alone, and in fact my first job in London was offered to me because of someone I met on the course.

What was the best thing about your course?

One of the best things about the course was having time to work on your craft - once you get somewhere in the industry there is no time to just experiment with things. Having access to equipment was also good, it gave you the tools often found in industry to help prepare for working with professional gear.

Who inspired you the most, and why?

All of the tutors had something to offer in the way of inspiration. It was great to see such enthusiasm and interest in your work and using their past experience and knowledge were able to offer some sound advice which is invaluable at that stage of your career.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now/throughout your career?

Honestly I wouldn't say my most valued skill was anything technical or practical; these things you can learn anywhere and read about in books. I'd say being able to network with others and becoming part of a team (learning to work with others) was of upmost importance and value to me.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

Being in my home town and learning something completely new and separate from anything I had previously learnt in school. Meeting like-minded people was also the most enjoyable aspect.

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria?

Do it! Newcastle is a great city to be a student in and I have known no one to regret their decision.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in 3 words?

fun, hard work, rewarding

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