Aspiring visual effects artists who live in the U.K. can take advantage of a free, seven-month course being offered by Escape Studios and six major U.K. post houses. Applications are being accepted for the Visual Effects Production Grade (VFX PG), a training program that starts in October. Eligible applicants must be experienced Maya users and E.U. Nationals.
The VFX PG combines five months of full-time training and two months devoted to work placement in the post-production industry. Not only is the training free of charge, but students will also be paid. The course relies on monies from the Skillset Film Skills Fund, made up of lottery money via the U.K. Film Council and industry investment from the SIF production levy. Also supporting the program are leading U.K. vfx studios Cinesite, Double Negative, Framestore CFC, Glassworks, the Mill and the Moving Picture Company (MPC).
Applicants are asked to send a cover letter, CV and showreel that demonstrates Maya skills to Escape Studios (www.escapestudios.co.uk.) The deadline is Aug. 22.