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BSc (Hons) Computer Animation and Visual Effects

Ricardo Mascarenhas

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Ricardo Mascarenhas

ProtoHuman - Short clip - Ricardo Mascarenhas

Since I was a kid, I’ve always been fascinated by the magical worlds and mystical creatures depicted in movies; they inspired me to learn how to create my own. Studying at Leeds Beckett University I developed a love for sculpting, and finally seeing those characters come to life is an amazing experience.

I was mesmerised by the 'Na'Vi' from ‘Avatar’ (2009), and the 'Pearls' from ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ (2017). They are both realistic and believable to the human eye, yet beautiful, and they definitely influenced the character design for my final project. I decided that I wanted to create a highly detailed, CGI character, so I could challenge myself to apply skills even beyond those we covered at University.

The concept behind this project is the artificial creation of a living being - a ‘new and improved’ human, genetically engineered to be biologically superior - with the intention of repopulating the planet.

This was definitely a challenging project, as I took on all of the roles involved, including sculpting, texturing, animating, lighting and post-production.

Moving forward, my goal is to improve my skills further, and learn new ones so I can create more realistic and believable characters. I hope to create a name for myself in the VFX Industry as a character sculptor/modeler.