The Rookies is an annual awards and mentor programme open to young creatives in film, animation, games, virtual reality, motion graphics and 3D visualisation.
For students, The Rookies offers them a “stamp of approval” as they transition from school to production, enabling them to have their work seen, graded and commented on by industry heavyweights. As well as find out where they stack up against their peers. For studios and recruiters, The Rookies is the place to find outstanding emerging talent. The end goal? Launch young creatives into careers.
The Rookies is essentially becoming a recruitment tool for studios – a talent agency, if you will – that independently reviews digital artist’s skills and connects them with studios who need great talent. To date they have helped place 89 students in jobs across Asia, Canada, Europe, Oceania and the US. The students they have helped have gone on to work on films (such as Wonder Woman, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Mummy, Iron Man, Captain America and The Avengers) and AAA level games (such as Hellblade, Far Cry and Middleearth: Shadow of Mordor).
Rookie: an artist, creative, or innovator trained and ready for their first experience as a member of a professional studio team. Artists showcasing their work in any given discipline are known as ‘Rookies’.