23rd February 2021
This week, second year students from our A Level Film, BTEC Film, TV & Creative Media Production and BTEC Animation classes were treated to an inspiring Zoom talk by Oscar winning Visual Effects Artist and former Newcastle College student, Pete Bebb.
Former Newcastle College Art and Design Student, Pete took the time out of his busy schedule to talk about his career so far, and to chat about some of his most memorable projects.
After leaving Newcastle College, Pete studied Industrial Design at the University of Wolverhampton before coming back to his roots to study a Masters in Computing and Design at Staffordshire University.
Pete talked to students about how he started his career as a runner for industry-renowned VFX company, Double Negative in London. Through hard work and passion for the industry, Pete has worked his way up in the company and is now a Visual Effects Supervisor working on many well-known and acclaimed films.
Most recently he has completed work on the The Greyhound, starring Tom Hanks and previously worked on The Dark Knight Trilogy, Terminator Genisys, Fantastic Beasts, Captain America and Inception.
Students had the opportunity at the end of session to ask questions about the industry and Pete's experiences including:
"What would you say is the most challenging effect you have been asked to create?"
"Where and what is the most unusual thing you have done on set?"
"Do you prefer when Directors have an exact vision and plan or is it more challenging when you are allowed more freedom?"
"What would your advice be to someone new going into these highly-respected companies?"
Giving his advice, Pete said, "If you have a passion and desire to learn, this will shine through within the industry. The best year of my life was as a runner, taking every opportunity that came my way to get to know more about the equipment and the industry. I would stay back at night during 'downtime' to learn software and machinery and this paid off for me."
Pete added, "When I was younger, I enjoyed drawing, but I felt like I couldn't pursue a career in this area, so looked at joining the RAF and various other careers before coming back to my love of Art and Design. You should do what you love and what makes you tick as your working life is a long one and you need to enjoy it."
Watch Pete's session here