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CARA GATELY

CHARACTER TECHNICAL DIRECTOR AT ILOURA
Byron Bay
" The lecturer played a huge role in how easy, fun and usable the learning was at SAE. "

Bio

SAE alumna Cara Gately is a Character Technical Director with over five years experience in rigging, animation and modeling. She has worked on a number of movies, including ‘Thor’, ‘Captain America’, Iron Man 2’ and ‘Prometheus’.

What inspired you to enter into the career you’re in?
I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I finished high school so I took a gap year. After six months I was bored out of my mind! It wasn’t until my parents found an advertisement for SAE’s animation course that I thought ‘oh, fun!’ and that was the end of that.

What are your fondest memories of your time at SAE?
Playing in the motion capture studio and learning Maya was heaps of fun. The lecturer played a huge roll in how easy, fun and usable the learning was at SAE. The software is so densely packed that I’m still learning, it never gets old.

Are you able to shed some light on how studying at SAE lead you to where you are now?
Our lecturer went back to work in the industry soon after teaching our class. He let the studio know the names of the students with potential, helping to give us a way into the industry. Myself, and about five other students, secured 1-2 years of work on an animated TV series shortly after.

What advice would you give to students aspiring to become successful in their field?
Just keep at it. Timing is a big part of this industry and a “no” now is not always a “no” later. Don’t be afraid to start out somewhere small. In fact, a small studio will help you develop your generalist skills much more efficiently.

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