Denis Zabolotny, a graduate of the Motion Design programme, told us how he went from being a refrigeration engineer to a motion designer, how his studies at Britanka helped him, and what happened to his career.
— Denis, how did it all begin: how and why did you come to motion and began to study at Britanka?
— I studied in Bauman Moscow State Technical University as a refrigeration and cryogenics engineer, and then became interested in 3D graphics. I started with interior 3D visualisation, but eventually I became interested in animation and everything associated with it. And since I believe in complete and systematic education, I was looking for a serious educational institution. That's how I found Britanka.
— Do you remember your first impressions of your studies?
— Yes, first of all I was impressed by the teachers. They are practising leading experts in the industry. Before Britanka, I didn't even know how to contact them at all. But here you are welcome to study, communicate, and gain experience.
— Tell us about a project you worked on during your studies which was remembered more than others?
— I remember our course project in the second year - it was a full-fledged 270-degree mapping show for Orion Hall. I tried my hand at being a supervisor and gained experience in teamwork. At first it seemed easy to find a common language with everyone, but in fact there were sometimes misunderstandings. But by the end of the project, I, like many of the guys, had learned how to properly formulate my thoughts and requests in dialogues and work correspondence. Now this helps me a lot in running big projects.
— What was the most difficult part of your studies? How did you work on your thesis project?
— The main difficulty at that time was to combine my studies with my current work without losing quality anywhere. But over time I became structured and everything fell into place.
— How did your career develop after graduating from Britanka? Was there a quick start in your career?
— Britanka definitely helped me grow in my career. After the first module I started working in motion design, and at the end of the second module I got a job in the design studio Oops.team and was engaged in visualisation and generative graphics. After graduating from Britanka I moved to Sila Sveta design studio and now work with advanced multimedia specialists.
— Tell us about your work at Sila Sveta: how did you begin, what is your job today?
— At Sila Sveta, I do mostly generative graphics and installations, but I also sometimes get involved in classical CG, 2D and 3D graphics.
— What piece of advice would you give to current Britanka students?
— Use the training not only to gain knowledge, but also as an opportunity to meet industry experts, prove yourself, and join a professional community.
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