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‘It feels good to be an entertainer rather than being an engineer’

While countries like India and China are already profiting massively from the outsourcing market, we are yet to start working thoroughly in the field

Wahid Ibn Reza, Bappy to his friends, has earned himself a reputation for working for the visual effects’ team in several famous Hollywood films including the likes of Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice and Doctor Strange.

The engineer turned VFX expert, who had the pleasure of working with legendary writer and director Humayun Ahmed, Mostofa Sarwar Farooki and global organisations such as BBC World Service Trust, sat down with Showtime recently to talk about his recent work, career and dreams.

What are you upto these days?

I am currently working for a different studio since I’ve changed my job (as I wanted to work for Marvel projects). I am working with Method Studios now, which has led me to work in Captain America and the Oscar nominated Doctor Strange, making me a part of the Oscar nominated team, which is pretty cool (laughs). Guardians of Galaxy 2 was the last film I worked on as a production manager.

How did you feel when you heard about the nomination?

We were really happy when we heard the news. I clearly remember the moment – upon hearing the news, we celebrated for around seven seconds and then got back to our jobs. That’s all we did!

How’s the Hollywood dream working out for you?

I used to work as a production coordinator but I’ve been promoted recently and now I am working as a production manager of the studio. It is quite an accomplishment for me since I have been working there for only three years, and it is theoretically impossible to reach the position I am in, in such a short span of time.

You have earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from BUET. How did an engineer end up being a production manager of a VFX studio?

I have always had a thing for film making. I used to act on stage while writing for Unmad. When I was in BUET, some of my friends and I made a short film, which is the first ever short film that has been made by BUET students in the history of the institution. It was right after the release of the film when positive responses from the audience started to pouring in and made me think about setting my priorities straight. I decided that this is what I want to do in my life. It feels good to be an entertainer rather than being an engineer. I couldn’t be a drop out since I am the only child in my family and have to live upto my parents’ expectations. I managed to pass with a minimum result and started working in TV media.

Being a pioneering successful VFX expert from the country, what vision do you have for newbies and enthusiasts?

There are a lot of VFX enthusiasts in the country and what’s interesting is that, some of them are learning on their own. Although, there are a number of animation studios in Bangladesh, VFX studios aren’t very common. While countries like India and China are already profiting massively from the outsourcing market, we are yet to start working thoroughly in the field.

I used to dream of creating a similar market in Bangladesh, and while I was at it, a local studio named Maverick approached me, saying that they are starting a studio and asked me whether I am interested to join them in the project.

In order to the benefit the local VFX enthusiasts, we are soon starting a “Rotoscoping and Painting” training program shortly and then we will start the studio with the selected participants from the program.

Transcribed by: Nasir Rayhan

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