Mr. Raisinghani is a highly sought-after VFX Editor who has worked on major, award-winning projects for some of the biggest artists in the world, including Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, and Travis Scott. His in-demand skills have earned him senior editor roles on music videos, post production and VFX industry projects, garnering recognition and collaborations with Disney +, HBO, Hulu, NBA, Playstation, ABC, AMC and Showtime. Mr. Raisinghani’s strong and varied background as a VFX Editor has inspired many producers and artists to work with him—these include Christopher Martinez (Senior Colorist and Co Lead VFX Editor), Jumanah Saheem (VFX Producer), David Thompson (Senior Editor and Director of Film, Ojai), Cory Jamieson (Founder, Barnstorm VFX), Victoria Moreno (Head of Editorial Barnstorm VFX ), Lawson Deming (Founder, Barnstorm VFX). Among his other outstanding projects are Emmy-award winning television series Euphoria, This Is Us, and Modern Family, to name just a few. Ashish’s successful career and technical knowledge have been profile in media outlets and industry publications like VoyageATL, Post Magazine, Weekly Voice, Film Fare, and The Gaursons Times
The Vfx Industry can be a difficult field to get into. There are several ups and downs, but the industry can be rewarding and a VFX Editor has the knowledge of different parts of the studio to get a foot in the door and begin your career in VFX.
So here are important aspects of the VFX industry to help you get a foot in the door.
Have a Strong Demo Reel
Be it a VFX artist, a Compositor, or a VFX/Online Editor, have a reel of your work and make sure you put all the strong work upfront. Your reel should be about ninety seconds and make sure you start and end with a bang!. If you are an editor make sure to nail those transitions and keep the reel interesting. If you are a comper or a Vfx artist add before and after transitions to show what you are capable of while working. Your reel will be the make a break for you to get hired. Normally, when we see people’s work we always look at the reel first then the resume so make sure they as good as can be, which brings me to…
At my current job, at Ingenuity Studios, one of the reasons I was hired was because of my versatility and having variety in my reel. I had a blend of creative, color, and online work, but I also had work ranging from a music video to Tv to film and even commercial work.
Know the Technical Side
This is super important, Before entering the VFX industry you will need to know technical aspects in the software you work in. Since the studio, I work in is a Nuke/Hiero Based studio I have had to learn Hiero like the back of my hand. If you are aiming for the editorial side of VFX make sure you know How to make EDLS, XMLS, and Onlining short form projects. Make sure you know your way around the color pipeline as well. In a time when all these aspects come together, your speed will follow and it will become second nature to you.
There are several projects I have had to work on that have needed me to have a technical understanding of. For Example, while working on Euphoria I had to learn an EXR image sequence workflow and a color workflow that was very different from others make sure to learn and adapt to workflows and the process
Once you are confident enough with your main niche, don't be afraid to learn new things and expand your horizons. Work on your Creative editing chops, learn multiple software, and learn how to color, or composite, you never know when any of these skills will come in handy and will get you out of a pickle or get you a promotion because you are so flexible.
I learned this from my current supervisor and still keep it in mind, learn a little bit of everything there are so many times in music videos or commercials I have had to do last-minute pain out and blurs infusion, while onlining. It is good to have in your tool kit
Make Connections in the Industry
This is what will seal the deal, Do not be afraid to reach out to different studios or people in leadership positions. They were where you were and I was once upon a time and they will be understanding enough to help you and at least get you a connection with the right person or a toe hold in the industry. Keep your options open and you never know where one conversation will lead you to. In fact, the VFX job I am currently at, I got from a connection at the current studio I work in and have been here for 2 and a half years. So make sure you make connections and know people, can’t stress that enough!!!