Aspiring and established VFX, animation and games creatives from across the globe have worked together remotely to develop skills and job prospects.
ACCESS:VFX, an industry-led non-profit coalition of leading VFX, animation and games studios, today announced their e-mentoring program has connected over 1000 mentors and mentees across the globe. The industry-sponsored Prospela-run platform features members from Framestore, Blue Zoo and DNEG, amongst others, and has helped talented up-and-coming creatives from varying backgrounds and ages.
Currently, 689 mentees and 346 mentors work collectively to enhance job opportunities, discuss academic needs, develop skills and setup work placements. The latest report wraps up the year with BAME ethnicities and/or female members accounting for 70% of all mentees. While 57% of all mentors are female and/or representing BAME communities, working across a wide range of departments, ranging from production, 3D, and art and animation.
“I’m proud to see how our e-mentoring scheme expanded in times when young and ambitious people need it most. We are lucky to be a part of an incredibly supportive industry, with established professionals always willing to help maturing talent find its way into a dream career,” says Simon, Devereux, founder and director of ACCESS:VFX.
This year’s cancellations, postponements and countless changes to production schedules has had a significant impaction on talent acquisition, and has forced ACCESS:VFX to pivot its activities to a digital, remote format. Since March, the initiative has hosted numerous online events and collaborative projects, while the ever-popular podcast- and YouTube-series, featuring leading industry members covering the latest hot-topics, has gone from strength-to-strength, significantly boosting interest in the e-mentoring scheme.
“As we hit another milestone, we really see the value of this collective effort in making our industry more inclusive. We’re always encouraging more creatives, VFX artists, creative directors, storyboard artists, and pretty much anyone who holds down a role in our creative industry to join this hugely rewarding initiative,” adds Simon.
Framestore, Blue Zoo, DNEG, Moonraker, Cinesite, Carse & Waterman Productions, and many other competing studios have joined forces to actively inspire creatives from diverse backgrounds with practical tools essential to succeed in the industry. The initiative spreads across the globe, fast expanding in the UK and rapidly growing in Quebec, California and New York, with the new addition of the Oceania chapter in Australia and New Zealand.
“I am ecstatic that we have now reached over 1000 users on the ACCESS:VFX mentorship Prospela programme. It is a credit to our industry that over 80 companies have got involved and we are able to help nearly 700 mentees from the UK, North America and very soon New Zealand. I feel very proud to be part of it,” comments Emma Kolasinska, Executive Producer at Moonraker VFX and the mentoring scheme coordinator at ACCESS:VFX.