Verity Filipow - BA Technical Arts & Special Effects

Verity Filipow is a first year BA Technical Arts and Special Effects student at Wimbledon College of Arts.

What year are you in and where are you from?

This is my first year and I'm from Edmonton, Canada.

Why did you choose to study at Wimbledon College of Arts?

There wasn't anywhere in Canada that could offer this kind of course. 

What's your favourite thing about the college? 

The atmosphere and the people. Everyone's extremely passionate about what they're doing, and it certainly rubs off on you. I always thought you learn the most through your peers, and studying at Wimbledon has confirmed this to me. It's such a unique and extremely creative atmosphere, that I always feel a need to constantly create things and challenge myself. 

How would you describe your course?

It's sculpting for film, television and theatre, but it's so much more than that too. It's a fun and very challenging way to create props and sculptures that you'd never have the opportunity to do elsewhere. You discover a new way of looking at ordinary objects, and appreciate these for how they're put together. 

What's been the most interesting project you've worked on here?

We had to take a small object and create a scaled replica of this ten times its original size, and I chose a chicken foot. This was the most difficult piece I have ever tried to make, but it was truly exciting, thrilling, challenging, difficult, heartbreaking, frustrating and, in the end, oh so rewarding. 

And what's been your greatest achievement so far?

My greatest achievement, aside from that chicken foot, is how quickly I've picked up so much information, in such a short time. I've learnt so much more at Wimbledon - on my own, through my tutors and also my peers - than I ever thought I would, and that's just after one year!

How much work experience have you done during your studies?

I'm currently working on two projects. I'm helping make two four-foot-long model galleon ships for a children's play at the National Youth Music Theatre, and am also assisting the design and build of a sculpture that'll be shipped to America and used in the Burning Man Festival.

What are your plans for when you graduate?

My dream career would be to work at Weta Workshop in New Zealand. Aside from that, anything to do with creating props, creature designs and their costumes in film or television.

Related links:

BA Production Arts for Screen