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Rookie Awards 2020 | Rookie of the Year

Visual Effects Finalists

This category is for artists working with assets and elements that are integrated with live-action footage to create photo realistic environments, characters, sets, props, animation and effects that would be dangerous, expensive, impractical, or simply impossible to capture on film.

Alexander Tuma


Australia | Flinders University / CDW Studios

My name is Alexander Tuma and I am an aspiring 3D/texture artist based in South Australia. From a young age, I was fascinated with digital art/design, wanting to know more about it and how it was created. At the start, I focused more on video editing and motion graphics more than anything else. However, I ended up coming across Autodesk Maya and wanted to know more, thus starting the plunge into visual effects and 3D.

William Fiorentini


France | ESMA

I was 17 when I started thinking about VFX, Transformers was the first franchise I wanted to work on, thanks to the industry I want to work on the best blockbusters ever made.

Laureline Massias


Sweden | ArtFX School

Thanks to my family who let me watched a lot of movies when I was young, I kind of always knew I wanted to work in the movie industry. As it involves design and animation, FX was for me the best combination.

Yung Sheng Tseng


Taiwan | Vancouver Film School

I am a big fan of Sci-fI movies, When I was a child I liked to create the world I imagine. After I finished studying university in Taiwan, I decided to learn a 3D program and try my best to see how far I can go. Now I realize that this is what I want to do and this is my dream. I want to make it come true.

Charly Amani


United Kingdom

Since the beginning of my adolescence, I have always loved the world of animation and VFX

Joseph Liu


China | Think Tank Online ( Think tank Training Centre - ONLINE )

I have been doing creative work for many years, as a graphic designer and a fan of drawing. I'm a big fan of games and music and I believe I'm talented in multiple areas. It all started with a try of making a mobile game with one of my friend.. guided by Think Tank Training Centre, I started to be obsessed in 3D art..

Kosuke Iwasaki


Canada | Lost Boys | School of Visual Effects

I am very passionate, eager to learn new skills and enjoy problem solving. I am specialized in Compositing as well as roto painting, CG integration, set extension, keying, and BG prep. I recently graduated from the Advanced VFX Compositing Program at Lost Boys | School of VFX. Since graduation, I have been working as a Junior Digital Paint Artist at Industrial Light & Magic. Website - LinkedIn -

Masazumi Watanabe


Canada | Lost Boys | School of Visual Effects

I am an FX Technical Director, using Houdini and Maya. My specialization is Houdini Pyro, RBD destruction, Fluid, Vellum, and Particle Simulation. I recently graduated from the Effects Technical Director (FX TD) Program at Lost Boys | School of VFX and am currently working at Ingenuity Studios. LinkedIn -

Davide Sasselli


United Kingdom

I've always been a creative person. Since I was a child I just wanted to draw and create. Three years ago, before leaving my old jewellery designer job I had the idea to move in the 3D field, following a CG course at Bigrock School. My passion for the characters drived me to begin my career as 3d student and aspiring 3D Character Artist

Darren Lesmana


Indonesia | Lost Boys | School of Visual Effects

I am a Houdini FX TD, currently residing in Vancouver, Canada. I specialize in Houdini Rigid Body Dynamics, Pyro Simulations, Flip Simulations, Crowd Simulations and rendering using Mantra, Arnold and Redshift. I have production experience in the VFX industry and enjoy working procedurally in Houdini. I recently graduated from the Effects Technical Director (FX TD) Program at Lost Boys | School of VFX and I am looking forward to my future career. Linkedin -

Jared Fischler


United States | Gnomon

I've always loved all forms of visual storytelling. However, it wasn't until college when I got really into behind the scenes motion capture videos and realized how breathtaking and emotional CG can be with today's technology. At that moment I knew CG was the tool I needed to tell my stories.

Khaled Osama Sabry


Egypt | Think Tank Training Centre

In my graduation year from the faculty of architecture, my passion started to grow more and more about that industry and after finishing my graduation I put my first step in the animation and VFX industry.

Rajitha Naranpanawa


Australia | Animal Logic Academy

When I realized I spent more time in 3D applications than playing games

Luc Ray


Canada | Think Tank Training Centre

I have been interested in VFX for almost a decade. Only recently have I invested serious time into learning it properly.

Lennart Vulto


Netherlands | Netherlands Film Academy

Dealing with virtual worlds and illusions is truly riveting to me and has fascinated me since I was little. Getting a viewer to think that something imagined is real, or to give them the opportunity to forget their own reality by creating a new one is very satisfying to me.

Vincent Hebrard


France | ArtFX School

I've always liked to draw, as far as I can remember my dream has always been to work as a creative person. I've always been attracted by art and always wanted to create my own character and environment.

Stephanie LaRusso


United States

I have always loved traditional art, but developed a passionate interest in digital art and VFX when I first saw “The Matrix” at a younger age. During college, I found a specialization within the VFX Industry and a love for the invisible art of matte painting and photorealism. While my previous career paths weren’t always inline with this specialization, it is now my hope to only pursue a career that fulfills my creative passion. I enjoy the escapism digital worlds provide.

Parth Shah


India | Maya academy of advanced cinematics

Ramon Schauer


Germany | Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

I started out with 3D in 2014 when I started studying Animation & Game at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences in Germany. During the course I mainly focused on environment art for games but slowly started to become more interested in film (and the mixture of films and games through realtime movies and cinematic games) which is why I decided to continue studying with more focus towards that direction. I am currently enrolled at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg/Animationsinstitut.

Sonia Seow


Malaysia | The One Academy of Communication Design

Aspiring to blur the lines of reality and fantasy so that others may dream.

Daniel Goh


Malaysia | The One Academy of Communication Design

I enjoy the entire process of the 3D space, be it modeling, sculpting, texturing, lighting or even compositing. I am always open to learning new things and there are alot more in store for me to learn. Excited for what's in store in the future!

Jason Gardner


United States | Gnomon

I first came to realize that I would want to make a career in the entertainment industry after watching a documentary on the behind the scenes of making a Disney film.

Archie Majumdar


Australia | Think Tank Training Centre

After having spent a few years on my scientific career, I felt like I had pigeonholed myself. It was only after discovering VFX, a synergy of art and science, I knew I had found a place where I could thrive. I finalised my commitment to this industry after discovering it's passionate and inspirational community.

Rassoul Edji


United Kingdom | Escape Studios

I remember watching the first Transformers film back in 2007 at the age of 9 and thinking to myself that I wanted to be involved in creating beautiful imagery like that.

Halime Maloof


Canada | Gnomon

I was about 8 years old when I first saw Independence Day on the tv, and I remember being amazed by it, after that I was hooked by the film industry for life. However, I never realized that it was a possible carreer until the Lord of the Rings trillogy came out and I discovered VFX. I dreamt of what it would be like to create those characters and worlds but it always seemed as an impossible job to get, so it took me almost 10 years to decide to pursue my dream.

Josh Harrison


United States | Gnomon

I've always been interested in film and entertainment, but it wasn't until I did an animation for my architectural thesis that I decided to pursue it as a career.

Jonathan Aceituno Fuentes


Spain | FX ANIMATION Barcelona 3D and Film School

Two years ago I realized that it was time to change my career path, I worked as a graphic designer until then.

William Medcalf


United Kingdom | University of Hertfordshire

In highschool when I first picked up blender and learned 3d was a viable industry

Orion Terry


Canada | Think Tank Training Centre

A while back when movies really started to push the visual boundaries in cinema. After I watched The Matrix for the first time I immediately told my mom that financing isn't for me.

Kasita Wonowidjojo


Indonesia | Gnomon

I fell in love with the work of Guillermo del Toro in Pan's Labyrinth; the intricacy of the world and creatures within the film ignited a passion within me. I realized I wanted to be a part of a team that brings amazing imaginations to life. It took quite some time and courage to finally leave my previous career as a Marketer and sign up with Gnomon School of Visual Effects to actualize and solidify this dream.