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Hiring Update: Alvaro Claver

It’s hard to believe that in addition to teaching, doing some freelance gigs and working on a couple personal projects, Alvaro Claver has time for a full-time job. His dream of working in the film industry finally came true when he was hired on by Digital Domain as a Texture & Lookdev Artist last month. It was the icing on the cake after all the hard work and dedication he put into his studies.

Alvaro is originally from Spain and moved to Vancouver a year ago. Before coming to Think Tank he already had an extensive background in photography and completed courses at Gnomon and the University of Madrid. However, being that he wanted to change his career focus to the movie industry he decided to enroll in our full-time diploma program. We recently caught up with Alvaro to find out how things have been going for him since he finished. 

How did you find Think Tank and what made you decide to come to the school?
I found Think Tank when I was researching for my options to study visual effects as I wanted to redirect my artistic career towards the movie industry. It looked like a very solid and viable option compared to the rest of the schools, which turned out to exceed my expectations. I did my homework though and contacted previous students by recommendation of the school staff, and I only got positive feedback. After that, I had no doubt that Think Tank was the place for me.
Would you recommend Think Tank to others? If so, why?
Yes, I will definitely recommend Think Tank to anyone who is serious about their future and professional career. With the small classes and extremely talented teachers, it’s only up to you to go and succeed. I couldn’t have been more prepared for my first job!
How would you describe your experience at Think Tank to others?
It was a life-changing experience. To be this fully committed to your dreams and surrounded by other students who all share your passion has no price. It sounds almost too good to be true, but in my experience it was real.
Can you give one tip for students out there who are interested in the CG industry?
Find what moves you, your motivation and follow your gut. Leave everything you are doing right now and go for it. If by chance that path leads to the film or games industries then consider studying at a school like Think Tank. Life is not too short if you follow your instincts and do what you love every day. You have more than one shot to become a better you and it doesn’t matter how young or old you are. So no excuses…just go for it!

The final semester of the program involves putting together a demo reel and portfolio, so Alvaro chose to model a tinkerbot called APEX (originally created by artist, Dan Jones). Since then, the project has been garnering quite a bit of attention and racking up a slew of accolades and awards. It all kicked off last December when APEX was chosen as one of the winners of The Foundry’s, WhatsInMyMind student competition. In January, ZBrush Tuts had a feature on APEX and in February he won the 3DTotal Monthly Award and Excellence Award, along with having his tutorial on the making of APEX published on their website. Alvaro’s 3D texturing guide was then picked up by CG Villa, The Rookies, Artstation Magazine, 3D Artist Magazine and 3D World Magazine.  As well, Chaos Group (the company behind V-ray) is now using APEX to promote their software, and he is also a finalist in the VFX category at this year’s Rookies Awards. Congratulations, Alvaro!

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