The Rookies

Note: All of the work featured above are student submissions in The Rookies annual awards.

THE ROOKIES

The Rookies – sponsored by Autodesk – is an annual awards and mentor platform open to young creatives in film, animation, games, VR, motion graphics and architecture visualisation. For students, The Rookies offers them a “stamp of approval” as they transition from school to production, enabling them to have their work seen, graded and commented on by industry heavyweights. As well as find out where they stack up against their peers. For studios and recruiters, The Rookies is the place to find outstanding emerging talent. The end goal? Launch young creatives into careers. The Rookies is essentially becoming a recruitment tool for studios – a talent agency, if you will – that independently reviews digital artist’s skills and connects them with studios who need great talent.

To date they have helped place 89 students in jobs across Asia, Canada, Europe, Oceania and the US. The students they have helped have gone on to work on films (such as Wonder Woman, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Mummy, Iron Man, Captain America and The Avengers) and AAA level games (such as Hellblade, Far Cry and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor).

ALWYN HUNT

CO-FOUNDER, THE ROOKIES

Alwyn has a background in fine arts and has over ten years experience working as a Senior Texture Artist in the VFX Industry. He has worked at a number of studios around the world including Animal Logic, MPC, Double Negative, Sony Imageworks and Weta Digital. His main film credits include Harry Potter, Watchmen, The Wolfman, Alice in Wonderland, John Carter, The Hobbit 1& 2, Logan and he has just finished working on Thor: Ragnarok. Alwyn has a passion for the industry and an interest in helping create pathways for emerging artists into leading studios globally.

ANDREW MCDONALD

CO-FOUNDER, THE ROOKIES

Andrew is co-founder of The Rookies – an annual awards and mentor programme open to young creatives in the creative media and entertainment industry. Andrew has a background in industrial design, animatronics and web development. The majority of his professional career has been spent working in the digital effects industry as an Asset Supervisor for studios such as MPC, Animal Logic and Ambience Entertainment. Andrew’s film credits include the LEGO Movie, Happy Feet, Harry Potter 5/6, Suckerpunch, Watchmen, 10000 BC, Fred Claus, The Chronicles of Narnia, Sweeney Todd, Australia, Knowing, Legend of the Guardians and Walking with Dinosaurs 3D.