Film graduate receives credit on Guardians of the Galaxy 2


6 Jul 2017




Film graduate receives credit on Guardians of the Galaxy 2

6 Jul 2017

Within two years of graduating with a Bachelor of Film from SAE Sydney, Kieran Lim was working for two of Australia’s biggest, internationally accredited, animation and visual effects studios, Animal Logic and Iloura studios.

The self-described mild mannered man with a passion for visual effects (VFX), filmmaking, independent films and photography… pretty much everything related to cameras, lives and breaths film. 

My advice for students is to grab a camera, get your friends together and just go out and shoot something! The amount of experience you get from just going out and shooting anything is well worth it!

After graduating from SAE Kieran pursued his love of VFX by studying at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment in Sydney whilst working as a camera operator at the Electronic Sports League. He got his fist taste of life at Animal Logic when he applied for a 3-week training course where they were developing roto/plate clean up artists. Later that same year he applied for a second training course that specialised in Camera/Matchmoving, as luck would have it the course was was taught by a former teacher of his. On completing the 2-week course and with a strong recommendation from his teacher, Kieran was hired by Animal Logic to work in their Roto/Paint department.

In his time at Animal Logic Kieran has worked as a Digital Artist on the well-known Marvel series, Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Working in the Roto/Paint department his role saw him extract the characters from the plate footage by rotoscoping, plate clean up, removing lights/rigging and any features not wanted in the plate (footage). 

The next role saw the artist move across to Iloura studios as a Matchmove Artist where he was required to animate and recreate the movements of the actors on set in 3D space while adding CGI to the characters on two feature films, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Bright, starring Will Smith and Australia’s own Joel Edgerton (due for release on Netflix in August).

Currently Kieran is working in a camera tracking artist role on the live action adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s timeless classic novel, Peter Rabbit. Set for cinematic release in 2018, the film will feature the voices of two well-known Australian actresses, Margot Robbie and Rose Byrne.

We spoke to Kieran about his time studying at SAE as we wanted to find out what advice he can pass on to current film students aspiring to achieve a successful a career in his tracks.

Kieran Lim

What inspired you to enter into the Film industry?
The first time I watched the 1977 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope film as a kid, I knew that’s what I wanted to do when I grew up! I would have probably watched that film three times a week during one summer holiday, trying to recreate every scene possible with my friends.

What are your fondest memories of your time at SAE?
Filming the strangest action films with my classmates Joe-mie Sarmiento and Enrique Valenzuela, editing them all throughout the week, and doing it all over again the next week. Each time we would think of something cool we had seen the day before in class we’d try to copy it. Once we tried to recreate the scene from the film Alien where the xenomorph bursts through the chest of John Hurt’s character. We sprayed fake blood over the entire house. It was just as much fun cleaning up the mess!

What did you love most about studying at SAE?
Definitely the high end equipment at our fingertips. We were able to rent high tech cameras and lights over the weekend to shoot short films – it was the best. There were many times where we would rock up to the camera department on a Friday afternoon and collect a huge load of gear to play with and make films over the weekend, before returning it on Monday.

Can you shed some light on how studying at SAE has lead you to where you are now?
The phase, ‘just go out and shoot it’, was tattooed in my brain from the lectures. It’s really the best way to learn. I think that if I didn't get out every weekend, trying my hand at shooting short films, or even helping out other people on their little projects, I wouldn't have acquired the problem solving experience that now comes naturally to me when I’m on set.

What have been your career highlights?
Recently it would have to be working on Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy 2 at one of Australia’s leading animation studios, Animal Logic. It was so surreal going in everyday and working which such iconic actors. I still can’t believe my name is actually in the credits with Chris Pratt!

What do you enjoy most about working in your industry?
The different types of films you get to work on is amazing. No two films are ever the same which is great as it keeps the work interesting. It’s always such a surreal experience walking in the front doors of the studio and seeing props from such iconic films as 300 and The Matrix. Also the free food ;)

What projects/gigs are you working on at the moment?
I am currently at Animal Logic studios in Sydney working on the live action adaptation of Peter Rabbit.

Can you share an artist that inspires you?
The man himself who has not only inspired me, but thousands of other filmmakers before me, George Lucas. There are only a handful of filmmakers that have had such a massive influence on the industry who still resonate today. George is hands down one of the most significant filmmakers that shaped the Hollywood system to be what it is today. Without his vision people like me would have never have even dreamt about entering the film industry.

What advice would you give to students aspiring to become successful their field?
Grab a camera, get your friends together and just go out and shoot something! The amount of experience I got from just going out and shooting anything was well worth it. Many times we would fail, but we learned from our mistakes and because of that we became better filmmakers. On set there is rarely a film problem I have not encountered that I don’t know how to problem solve. I owe this to the fact that I spent so much of my free time during my studies at SAE shooting films.

This and That Game

Converse or Vans – Being a skater I’m always rocking a classic pair of old school vans high tops.
Coffee or Tea – I’m a big coffee drinker. Nothing is better than a bad cup of coffee in the morning to get your day started.
Apple or Android – I’ve been burnt too many time by Apple, so now I’m an Android user.
Instagram or Twitter – I don’t really use either, but Instagram has some neat features to it that I can get on board on day.

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