ReDefine Centre Stage – Interview with William Page

Get ready to give a standing ovation for our new profile series, ReDefine Centre Stage! In this series, we’ll be shining a light on the spectacular individuals who work across our global studios. Every two weeks, a different team member will take the stage to share their experiences, insights and advice. Today we are chatting with William Page, FX TD at our Montreal studio. 

1. How did you get your start in FX? What inspired you to choose VFX as a career?

When I was younger, I developed an interest in graffiti art and typography. Later on I decided to pursue a career in graphic design, and got a job in a sign shop. I really enjoyed designing signs and building letters from scratch. 

Later on, I found out about motion graphics which combined typography and 3D animation. I decided to pursue this new path. I worked on a project that required us to use LightWave, to create a ‘stop smoking’ ad. I attempted to create some cigarette smoke, but the results did not look realistic enough for me. This led to my discovery of Maya fluids. I started playing with the tool, and I was hooked!

2. What’s the best thing about being a FX TD? 

I really enjoy the teamwork. I would say the best thing is learning from my team. Everyone is so talented at what they do and I feel very lucky to be among these amazing artists.

3. Tell us about a career highlight! 

Seeing Brahmāstra: Part One – Shiva, my first project, in the theatre! I’ve always loved movies and seeing my name included in the credits on the big screen was surreal.

4. Advice for anyone wanting to become a FX TD?

It is important to have a good understanding of 3D in general but it is also important to understand modelling, texturing, animation, lighting as well. Ensure you dive into some projects where you specifically focus on FX. This could be from using reference footage, a scene from your favourite movie or a group project. 

You also need to show your work. Exhibit it where you can. Don’t hesitate to post it online so that you can receive feedback from others. It can sometimes be intimidating, but critiques are necessary for your artistic growth.

Keep learning. Websites such as Vimeo, Odforce and YouTube have a ton of free content to learn from. There are a lot of online schools as well. Whatever route you take, you have to really dedicate yourself to the journey and put in the time.

5. What is your favourite movie? 

Pacific Rim. Watching giant monsters and robots destroy a city was really cool.

6. What about your dream project? 

My dream project would be something that has a helicopter in it.

7. What ReDefine studio would you like to work in for a day?

London – I’ve heard the city is amazing.

8. Finally, what are 3 words you would use to describe ReDefine?

Fun, challenging and rewarding.

ReDefine is definitely a great place to be. I have enjoyed every single day here, the work is truly rewarding. The teams share a great bond and that’s what makes it a great place to work.

Shilpa Bhanushali Head of Production (Animation)

We have top-of-line professionals who are not only creative, but also fun to work with. It has created a lot of possibilities for reinventing workflows.

François Schneider Global Creative Supervisor, North America

The people who form ReDefine have come from varied experiences and all have the potential to develop and deliver world-class projects.

Viral Thakkar Creative Director and VFX Supervisor India