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John Baker

Director

My career in CGI started in 2008 when I decided to learn Maya. At the time I was aiming to go into TV and film production as I have always been a fan of CGI work in films. 

 

After my intensive 12-week course learning modelling and VFX, I took several runner positions for VFX companies, but I decided it was not the challenge I was looking for and I decided to explore architecture instead. I became a Document Controller for Arup Associates the same year but unfortunately during the recession I was made redundant. However, I was swiftly put forward for a position to design wine racks for Sorrells Wine Racks, based in Wickford. It was at Sorrells that I learnt about Autodesk Inventor and was able to develop my skills producing drawings and CGIs using Maya.

 

In 2010 I decided to go travelling and while living in Melbourne I found a few freelance opportunities, including one working for another wine cellar company called Cellar Creations. My experience there encouraged me to broaden my focus, and I began approaching kitchen companies, cinemas, and furniture and sauna makers. 

 

I returned to the UK in 2012 and continued to freelance until I started a permanent position in 2017 at Navigation Suites in Witham. I left Nav in 2018 to return to freelancing. I am grateful to have had some wonderful opportunities to produce some exciting CGI work and work alongside some very inspiring creative people, and I am looking forward to continuing to develop my skills, experience and creative network in future.