The diversity amongst the local and international students enrolled on the course was also hugely helpful.
“Being around people who thought differently to me and having access to their points of view was really valuable. We did a lot of self-motivated research and the way people approached these in very different manners, depending on their diverse backgrounds, the different countries they came from, different cultural backgrounds; seeing how people approached problems and solved them differently was massively beneficial.”
Rhys’ degree set him up perfectly for his dream job as a Junior Animator at Weta Digital, working on a major new feature film Mortal Engines.
“I think the job is mostly about your attitude and how you work with other people. And it’s about the attitude of ‘We’re going to find a solution to this issue’. So, learning how to learn is very important in university. Acknowledging how much you don’t know, and that other people probably know more than you. And if you tap into those resources, you can together find a solution!”
And does Rhys ever regret his change of career?
“Never! I’m working at Weta Digital! I’m working on some of the greatest films coming out in cinemas and even on TV now. There’s not a day that goes by where we’re not working on some incredible thing that we’re going to be very proud to see in the movies and to tell our friends about. And have on our showreels as well. It’s exciting!”