I quit my job at Disney, bought a computer, holed up in my tiny apartment living off unemployment checks and ramen noodles, and set off to create a CG portfolio. In 6 months I had a some stuff worth showing. My very first job was for the company that coined the term “Previsualization,” and my very first gig was a movie called Minority Report. It was on the Fox lot and the director was Steven Spielberg… my head was exploding.
Previs proved invaluable. I began supervising projects, applying my real world art department knowledge, and learning from master filmmakers like Steven Spielberg, John Frankenheimer, Gore Verbinski, Darren Aronofsky, and Francis Lawrence. Storytelling, sequence design, shot composition, editing, vfx, special effects, and set design all entered my professional lexicon, and I was hooked.