“Every show is different and every artist we work with is unique. It always pushes us to think outside the box. Constantly challenging ourselves to do better.”
Trishita Guhathakurta is a Department Line Producer at DNEG in India, looking after the FX team. She joined the studio in 2019 as a Production Coordinator on Hobbs & Shaw and went on to work on Jungle Cruise, Last Night in Soho, The Adam Project and Uncharted. Read on to find out more about Trishita and her career journey, from show to department production.
Hi Trishita! What brought you into the world of VFX and Animation?
VFX is the art that lets you add artificial imagery over raw shots: aliens attacking, bombs going off, superhero extensions, … As a child, I was always fascinated by stories and films – and now, I know from where my superheroes were getting their powers! Our fantasy becomes real here. And it’s always great to see your name associated with big projects. I feel very excited when I get to see my name on the credit list and hear people’s appreciation for what we do.
How did your journey start? Any career highlight(s) so far?
My journey with DNEG started as a show coordinator in 2019 on Hobbs & Shaw. I was a fresher and got promoted as a Department Coordinator after a year to look after our FX department in India. I learnt a lot as a Department Coordinator and my hard work was rewarded last April when I moved up to a Department Line Producer role.
What is your day-to-day like as a Department Line Producer?
It usually starts with a call with the Production Supervisors, then we debrief client notes, go on rounds with the Supervisors, catch up with the artists and check where we stand with our targets and escalate if needed. I also conduct internal dailies, take notes for each shot that is reviewed and keep Shotgun updated throughout the day.
What do you like the most about your job?
I love the challenges that we need to be ready for. Every show is different and every artist we work with is unique. It always pushes us to think outside the box. Constantly challenging ourselves to do better.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue a career in the industry?
The VFX industry is booming and no films and TV show can do without it. If you are always up for challenges, want career growth, if you are creative, love movies and can think out of the box, welcome to the jungle!
Time for some rapid-fire questions – What’s one thing that is always on your desk when you work?
A little plant and a piece of dark chocolate.
What’s your ‘special power’ at work?
Patience – a lot of it! – and logical thinking.
What do you look forward to every day?
A chance to improve myself and do better than yesterday.
How did you feel on your first day at DNEG?
Excited to be a part of such a great organisation. It is true that “everyone at DNEG is an Oscar winner“, everyone is so talented and supportive. When I joined DNEG I was very new to the VFX industry. Even though I got proper training before taking on my first role, it’s always very different when you hit the floor. My show Production Manager, Line Producer and the VFX Supervisor were all so welcoming and taught me a lot!
What is your proudest moment to date?
When I first saw my name on the big screen, and when my department manager told me that artists liked me and my way of working. Appreciation from my co-workers means a lot to me.
Finish this sentence: DNEG is…
My own place, comfortable and warm.
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