Women’s Day Special VFX Interview – Sarita Kumar, FX Artist, Pixomondo Montreal
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Sarita Kumar was born in France and is of Guadeloupean and Indian origin. She is passionate about art, photography and travel. Sarita holds a Bachelor’s in 3D Animation, and is currently at Pixomondo Montreal working on Season 3 of Star Trek: Discovery.
Today, Sarita Kumar talks to VFX Online about her experience as a woman working in the VFX and Animation industry.
// From Sarita Kumar, FX Artist, Pixomondo Montreal
How do you describe yourself professionally?
I am an FX Artist at Pixomondo. I grew up and studied in France. Then I moved to Canada.
What sparked your interest in visual effects?
What sparked my interest for visual effects is this magic that we find in the movies. That feeling of being immersed and blinded by the show.
The effects reproduce real images of the world, but also pull the unreal images from our imagination. It is a world where everything becomes possible.
What’s your greatest achievements in VFX/Animation Industry?
At the beginning of my career I had the chance to work on X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Maleficent 2 and Call Of The Wild. Each of those projects allowed me to progress in the industry and meet wonderful people. I find that the artists around me are all passionate and love sharing their knowledge.
What is the current state for women in the industry?
There are more of us this industry than ever before.
Which is your favorite film in VFX and Animation and why?
My favorite animation movie is “Coco” (2017) a movie produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. I love this movie because of all the magic that was filled with colors. I also loved the message – to believe in your dreams and to never give up!
What will be your ‘dream project’ to work on?
My dream project would be to work on one of the Avatar movies. The visual effects in the first ones were innovative and I think the following ones will be even more surprising.
Which influential woman do you admire the most?
Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan, three black women who had a great impact to the advancement of NASA. The movie “Hidden Figures” pays tribute to their story and contribution.
How has your experience been working at Pixomondo?
It’s really amazing to be a part of the Pixomondo team. The working atmosphere is great. I feel very comfortable here.
Which direction would you like to take your career in the near future?
For now I don’t know exactly yet in which direction my career will turn but I would like to continue evolving and working on my techniques and increasing my capacities in FX. The dream would be to work on set as a VFX Supervisor.
What advice would you give to women who wish to get into this industry?
My advice would be to continue to do this job with passion.
We would like to thank Sarita Kumar for the great interview, and if you like to know more about her, check out her LinkedIn.