Pro Insights: Mastering the VFX Industry with Altaf

1. Can you walk us through your journey into VFX?

My professional journey involves acquiring relevant education, specializing in key software tools, building a strong portfolio through personal projects, internships, and continuous learning. I’ve actively networked within the industry, sought mentorship, and demonstrated adaptability to evolving technologies, with the ultimate goal of contributing creatively to the field of Visual Effects.

2. What brings you the most joy in your role?

The most joy in your role is achieving project milestones, challenging problem-solving, collaborating with talented colleagues, and contributing to the successful completion of projects. I find satisfaction in the creative aspects of my work and the continuous learning opportunities that come with staying at the forefront of industry advancements.

3. What’s been your favorite project to work on?

Few of my favorite projects are Venom, Deadpool, Hobbs and Shaw, Gangs of London, Dumb Money, Doctor Death, Orphan the first kill. All my projects were different and it was interesting, and it allowed me to further develop my skills and the success of the project solidified my passion for the VFX industry.

4. What does the day-to-day of a Head of Comp involve?

As the Head of Comp, my day-to-day responsibilities typically involve overseeing the compositing department. This includes managing a team of compositors, collaborating with other department heads, ensuring the quality and consistency of visual effects shots, providing technical and creative guidance, liaising with clients, and overseeing the overall compositing workflow. Additionally, I am responsible for resource allocation, project timelines, Mentoring my ideas and techniques to all my teammates and colleague departments and staying abreast of industry trends to ensure the team’s work aligns with the latest standards and technologies in visual effects.

5. What advice would you give someone looking to get into this industry?

My advice would be to focus on Education and Skill Development on VFX. Build a strong profile, stay updated on the latest trends, tools, and techniques in VFX. The industry evolves rapidly, and a commitment to continuous learning ensures you remain competitive and adaptable. Keep focus, passion, be a mentor for the upcoming generations once you are experienced in industry.

6. Outside of the studio, how do you stay creative?

Outside of the studio, I find that traveling and experiencing diverse cultures contribute to my creative perspective, fostering a continuous flow of fresh ideas and inspiration. I always watch and listen to more inspiring speeches to keep me calm and active. 

7. What is your favorite part about working for BFS?

My Favorite part in BFS is the company’s commitment to innovation, positive work culture, HR Activities to make our mind and sense always relaxed, Friendly management in the aspects of approaching us, opportunities for professional development, the impactful projects and challenges that align with our career goals and values.

8. How did Basilic Fly Studio support you while you were working away from home?

In the world of VFX, it’s reasonable to anticipate several developments over the next five years. 

– Advancements in Real-time Rendering

– AI and Machine Learning Integration

– Virtual Production Techniques

– New Creative Possibilities Etc.

Rapid Fire questions: 

1. What is your favorite movie?

My Fav movies are City of God,Sherlock Holmes, Avatar, Steven Spielberg movies and a lot more.

2. If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?

Be honest and loyal in your thoughts in any aspect, be passionate and mentor always.

3. If not Chennai, where?

Ofcourse, Europe.

4. Favorite way to relax?

Keeping Calm and being polite to everyone, spending more time with family and kids . 

5. Finally, what are 3 words you would use to describe BFS?

B – Best

F – Favorite

S – Success