Jordi Arqués graduated from L’Idem’s 3D Generalist specialtization in 2018. And since then he has worked as a 3D Generalist for Deluxe Entertainment Services Group or B-Water Studios; and as an FX artist at Technicolor or Moving Picture Company. He currently works at Alps VFX, visual effects studios based in Turin (Italy) focused on creating high quality digital effects for feature films, television, commercials and music videos.
During his time at L’Idem, Jordi has highlighted “the good foundations acquired in 3D”. These have allowed him “to be more efficient and a better artist”. Today we share the interview that we have carried out for the L’Idem Talent section. A space in which we collect the experiences of our graduates after studying at school
Where do you work at the moment?
I work at Alps VFX, a studio specializing in the creation of high quality content for film, animation, TV and advertising based in Torino (Italy). Some of his outstanding projects include “Angel has fallen”. Right now the company is immersed in what has been the most ambitious project that it has ever carried out to date. More details will be made public in the following months.
Could you explain us how your professional career has been?
I graduated from L’Idem in 2018, in 2D/3D Animation and Video Games with 3D Generalist specialitzation. In 2017 I had the opportunity to do my curricular internships in the Advertising division of Deluxe Barcelona. There I discovered for the first time what the industry was like from within. I have worked for clients such as ColaCao, Tostarica or Affinity, among others. That same year in the summer I started working at EradMedia as a video editor. 2018 arrived and with it my last curricular internships, which I did B-Water. In this studio I was part of the FX team for the television series “Treasure Trekkers”. Towards the end of 2018, after going through the entire selection process, I received a formal offer to go to work for MPC as an FX artist in 2019. There I was lucky enough to participate in several projects, among which I would like to highlight “Dolittle” (Universal Pictures) and “Clifford, the big red dog” (Paramount Pictures).
2020 was a very hard year for everyone because of Covid-19 and I was forced to return to Spain. However, after more than six months of finding absolutely nothing, I received a proposal from Alps VFX. I am finally back in the industry and with more enthusiasm than ever.
What career opportunities does your specialty offer to our students?
I think there are no limits in our world. You can work in any of the four main sectors (animation, CGI, advertising and video games). The position you occupy will depend more on what skills you show in your portfolio.
What are your sources of inspiration professionally?
If I have to choose some studios, I’ll probably say Pixar, ILM, Weta, Framestore, Dneg, MPC, Axis, and Blizzard.
Why did you decide to study at L’Idem?
When I decided that I wanted to dedicate myself to the 3d industry, at that time, there were not many schools that, at the end of your studies, offered you an official degree. This was one of the main reasons for my choice.
How would you describe your time at school?
It was kind of a roller coaster. With my course they closed the first cycle of L’Idem Barcelona. When we started, the school occupied just a small space on Carrer Almogàvers, in front of Razzmataz. We saw how little by little it became the center of reference that it is today. It could be said that we grew together.
What would you highlight of everything learned in school?
Without any doubt, the good 3D bases I’ve learned. This has helped me to have a more general view of how the industry works and, at the same time, has allowed me to be more efficient and a better artist.
A tip for our students
Take advantage of your time at school and do not be in a hurry to go to very large companies.