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如何在MPC找到一份工作

Godzilla, Guardians of the Galaxy and X-Men: Days of Future Past are just three movies for 2014 that MPC has worked on

哥斯拉,银河守护者和X战警:未来的日子过去只有2014年的三部电影,MPC一直致力于

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+$If you want a job at a big VFX house, there's no better source of information than the proverbial horse's mouth. So we sat down with Ben Owen, Global Head of Recruitment atMPC+$, to find out what kind of things they're looking for...

+$We kick off with the heart of the matter: your showreel. The advice from everyone we've talked on this is to keep it brief, and Owen's opinion is no exception.

+$"A minute or two really is the maximum," he says. But it's not about length per se, but about carefully selecting the best work you have. "Even 15-20 seconds of high quality work is better than a whole load of stuff I can't work with," he says.

+$Common Mistakes

+$A common mistake is putting it in chronological order, he adds. Instead you should start with the very best work you have: "Being able to edit your own work critically is key."

+$As for format, nowadays Owen expects showreels to be online and easily accessible. "Vimeo or YouTube are both excellent services to use, and if the work is confidential it can be password-protected," he points out.

MPC collaborated with director Zack Snyder and Production VFX Supervisor John 'DJ' Desjardin on Superman reboot Man of Steel

+$MPC collaborated with director Zack Snyder and Production VFX Supervisor John 'DJ' Desjardin on Superman reboot Man of Steel

+$But rather than just pointing to a Vimeo or YouTube link, he'd rather see a dedicated website focusing on your work, which not only features the showreel but also any additional work and background info that's relevant.

+$Build A Website

+$"A website can be a good way of rounding out someone's skillset," he explains. "If you're good at life drawing, for example, I don't need to see that on the showreel but that's the sort of thing that's useful to have on the website."

+$In general, he continues, MPC looks for people to specialise in their jobs, but that doesn't mean they're not interested in people with multiple skillsets; quite the reverse. So it's a good idea to produce multiple showreels, each one showing a different specialist skill, where appropriate.

+$Technical Breakdown

+$But the most important thing, he stresses, is that whatever work you include on your showreel, it should come with a technical breakdown.

+$"It's difficult to judge a piece of work unless I know what you've actually done and how you did it," Owen reasons. "That's especially the case if the work has been created by several people. So if you’re a compositor, for example, show us the mattes and passes you used."

+$Oh, and here's something you may not have thought of. "Always finish with a slide showing your contact details," Owen requests. "Make it as easy as possible for us," he begs with a smile.

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+$Once you've produced your perfect showreel, that's far from the end of it. You also need to produce the perfect CV and cover letter, showing the breadth of your education, qualifications and software skills.

Led by VFX Supervisor Gary Brozenich and Producer Oliver Money, MPC completed more than 550 shots for Disney’s The Lone Ranger

+$Led by VFX Supervisor Gary Brozenich and Producer Oliver Money, MPC completed more than 550 shots for Disney’s The Lone Ranger

+$But the good news is that, as far as MPC is concerned, you don't need to spend weeks polishing your CV design and selecting the most impressive paper stock. "It doesn't need to be formal - it can just be emailed," explains Owen.

+$Like your showreel, though, your CV needs to be concise. "We once had one that was 17 pages long," shudders Owen. "One or, at the most two, pages is what you should be aiming for."

+$Perhaps surprisingly, Owen adds that you shouldn't necessarily include everything on your CV. "You should aim your CV to lead into an interview," he explains. "So you don't want to give too much away or you won't have much left to talk about in the interview."

+$Jobs Galore

+$It's worth working hard to get all this right because the good news is, Owen confirms, there are a continuing supply of jobs available at the leading visual effects house, which has studios in London, Amsterdam, Bangalore, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York, Vancouver, and Montréal.

+$If you're already in a job and looking to move, you'll find a list of current vacancies in its film and advertising divisions这里+$, as well as details of the company's recruitment roadshow.

MPC completed 214 VFX shots for ‘Clash of the Titans,’ a remake of the 80’s classic featuring the war between man and the gods produced by Warner Bros and directed by Louis Leterrier

+$MPC completed 214 VFX shots for ‘Clash of the Titans,’ a remake of the 80’s classic featuring the war between man and the gods produced by Warner Bros and directed by Louis Leterrier

+$If you're looking for your first job in the industry then MPC offers a range of internships. Applications for this year have closed but keep an eye on the website for details of next year’s programme. There's also a graduate programme called+$MPC Academy

+$There's massive competition for all of these opportunities, of course. "Last year we had more than 500 applications for the internship programme in Europe alone," reveals Owen.

+$MPC Academy

+$The MPC Academy will be recruiting for junior roles across key disciplines with opportunities in FX, Lighting, Animation and Compositing, across London, Vancouver and Montréal. There'll be space for 50-100 graduates, Owen reveals.

+$He adds that the company has previously taken a similar number of graduates year on year, but that the new Academy will formalise this and give it more structure.

+$And what kind of people is MPC they looking for in general? "At the end of the days we're looking for potential," Owen explains. "A rounded skillset, an artistic eye, an ability to work as part of a team, enthusiasm and passion."

+$Got all that - and some mad software skills? Then what are you waiting for?

+$Free talk: How to get a job in 3D

+$Ben Owen will be joining Marc Knapton, VFX supervisor at The Brewery,+$at a special session惠普ZED伦敦+$on Thursday 9 October+$entitled:如何在3D中找到工作

+$The advice and insight they offer could help you get a better job in 3D, so make sure you don't miss this must-attend session. 注册参加这里!

+$This is an updated and revised version of an article that previously appeared on Creative Bloq

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