1. What are the current trends you’re seeing in the Indian VFX space?As more and more international studios are stepping in, there is a wide variety of opportunities for the artists to learn and evolve in the VFX space. Indian talents are poised to compete with the global counterparts, which helps us to raise our quality standards for the Indian film market as well. This trend helps both the studios and artists to remain in the forefront. As the number of talents increases, Indian VFX industry can successfully participate in the battle of well-constructed markets such as US, Canada and other countries. 2. What are the challenges in this ecosystem? Even though the potential for talented animation and VFX artists is proliferating each day, there still exists a talent shortage. The lack of qualified talent pool and the increasing number of under-skilled students passing out every year is the biggest challenge I see. Hence it remains a big hurdle for VFX companies to bridge the gap between the existing huge demand and the poaching of good talents from a well-trained organization. Studios should start focusing more on creating a balanced ecosystem of talent acquisition and training of skilled artists. It is only through the right training that good talents can be tapped in so that they provide consistent quality to their clients and help organisations grow ahead in their business.
3. What’s one message you’d like to share with the aspiring enthusiasts?The one thing that today’s aspiring VFX enthusiasts should know is how to practice their skills. “Practice! Practice! Practice!” is the mantra to succeed and hone your skills. There remains a huge demand for talented artists in the sphere, and all it takes is practice, training and creative skills to make yourself stand out from the rest of the crowd to get noticed. Keep on exploring new trends and hone up your artistic abilities and skills with an aptitude for creative mindset. All you can do is make the best use of all the online resources available to learn, look up for good artistic works and try to imitate and achieve the same quality to train yourself and develop your abilities. And again, didn’t I mention ‘Practice’, and that is what will set you apart. Life at PhantomFX is dynamic and fun. Having a diverse group of talented artists, developers, and producers, we make efforts to lift up one another. The work culture here uplifts the mood and infuses a sense of togetherness, thus making the workplace more enjoyable, productive and creative. A career with Phantom guarantees you several learning opportunities and a huge support network to help you become the best.