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Top tips from Amy Smith, VFX expert


VFX expert Amy Smith visited The Mandy Network to host our latest Mandy CV surgery, where she gave one-to-one career advice to a selection of people who applied to attend the event. Amy is the head of talent at Framestore and has worked on some renowned projects such Gravity, Paddington 2, and recently won an Oscar for Bladerunner 2049, the studio's 3rd academy award in total.

Top Tips from Amy

  • It doesn’t matter what route you take in the VFX industry,  as long as you are passionate and committed
  • Don’t worry about learning all aspects of visual effects at once. Just go for it.
  • Make sure to speak up about the VFX work you have done, whatever the skill level.
  • Keep your VFX reel updated and even include body tracking shots and modeling to showcase all areas of VFX skills.

Testimonials from the members: 

Amy was incredibly helpful and reassuring. I feel like I am doing more of the ‘right’ things than I realised! Anya Kordecki


The session with Amy was lovely! I received insightful and incredible information that has made me feel a lot calmer before I leap into the VFX world -Tom Cowles

Very helpful surgery and great advice given from Amy -  Alex Kruszelnicki

Amy was useful and answered every question I had. I wish there were more sessions like this - Gabriel Hassan

I really appreciated the time and knowledge Amy shared, her advice meant so much to me - Stephen Mulholland

I got so much out of the session with Amy and I can’t wait to get involved with the VFX scene - Julien Rashti


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