Film, TV, gaming, and AR/VR production require robust workstations and servers for massive data sets, countless pixels, secure servers, and cloud-based services. From CPUs and GPUs to server processors, Advanced Micro Devices delivers the innovative technology needed for today’s modern end-to-end digital pipeline across these industries. In 2017, AMD partnered with National Film & Television School, to launch a scholarship program to support NFTS MA students.
This scholarship has supported NFTS students as future creative leaders in game production and DFX. We caught up with AMD scholar and NFTS Digital Effects MA student Ed Turvey, to get the low down on what it’s like to study DFX and his plans after graduation.
How did you come to study Digital Effects at the NFTS? “It was after I completed a module in motion graphics during my undergraduate degree in TV and Film Production that I realised that I wanted to focus on the technical aspects of filmmaking. I was allowed to specialise in motion graphics during my third year and the course leader suggested I look into the NFTS Digital Effects MA as a next step.”
How would you describe your first year at NFTS? “It’s been incredible - a huge learning curve, but a lot of fun. I’ve never learnt so much in such a short time. I’ve completely immersed myself in the experience and put my life on hold – it’s become an obsession.”
Which project has been your highlight so far? “The MoCap (motion capture) project is my highlight so far, because it was a lot of fun. We spent time at the world leaders in motion capture, Centroid at Pinewood Studios, and I got to apply liquid simulation during the project, which is something I want to specialise in. It was also the first time we got to work as a group, which I really enjoyed.”
What do you love about technology? “I have a very techie mind which is why I’m drawn to simulation, as it’s heavily reliant on physics and maths. I really appreciate computers and the power they have: I have built my own custom PC for my needs and it’s incredibly important in CG to have a powerful computer to do the things we need to do. A powerful graphics card is very useful in many cases – you need a lot of on-board RAM and processing power especially for GPU (graphics processor unit) rendering."
What do you want to do after you graduate? “I would love to work on big blockbusters, but I’d also like to do CG for video game trailers. The games companies want their trailers to be full-on CG now, rather than game play, and I’m a gamer myself so I’d think I’d really enjoy working in the games industry.“
What does AMD’s support mean to you? “I’m incredibly grateful for AMD’s support. Without their help it would have been really difficult for me to come here, so it’s fantastic that they are supporting students like me and the School itself.”
If you would like to follow in Ed’s footsteps, apply for the two year MA which starts in January 2019 by 27th September. More information at www.nfts.co.uk/dfx
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