Gnomon alumna, Lorin Zilka Pillai, offers sage advice for aspiring female VFX artists
Following her graduation from Gnomon, Lorin Zilka Pillai has worked on some impressive projects: Roland Emmerich’s movie 2012, and Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, to name but a few. But her latest project is her biggest challenge yet: she’s a texture artist on Dinotrux, DreamWorks’ big-scale animated TV series about vehicular dinosaurs.
As Lorin explained in an interview with 10 News in San Diego, her journey hasn’t always been easy. “I kept working at it because I believed in it,” she said. “So if you believe in it, keep working towards it.”
The VFX industry is typically viewed as being male-oriented, but Lorin believes a woman’s touch can be extremely beneficial for the industry: “A woman might think of something in a different way than a man would. By having different ideas, it creates a richer final product.”
Lorin’s even a member of the Women in Animation Student Outreach Committee, which encourages better gender diversity in the industry. And things are becoming more equal – 10 News points out that Dreamworks has a pretty even split of men and women. But getting along is the most important part of any team. “When we work together on something we can achieve great things,” she said.
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