Trace turns two.
Wow. It feels like just yesterday we were celebrating our one-year anniversary. Now, we’re two! But don’t worry, we’re not all grown up. In fact, although our celebration was a few months back, we’re still recovering.
This epic event took place at Bungalow 9, a great restaurant and bar in the Bandra neighborhood of Mumbai. All in all, we had 100 people show up. The evening’s playlist consisted of a whole lotta Bollywood tunes. Needless to say, we danced up a storm.
Between epic dance moves, Managing Director Jon Mason had the following to say:
“This past year, we’ve tripled in size, expanded our expertise, and really increased our presence in the market. The annual party is a great way to set aside deadlines for a night and celebrate our accomplishments. It’s important to get everyone together to cut loose and throw a few back. Judging by the bar tab, I’d say we did just that.”
As a whole, we’re really proud of how far Trace has come and can’t wait to see what the future holds.
Meet our newest producer.
Nisha Vijayan left MPC London a few months back to join the Trace team, but she’s already made an impact. We caught up with her to discuss her initial impressions of Trace, as well as her thoughts on the company’s bright future.
Welcome to the Trace family, Nisha!
Thank you! Great to be here.
How do you like working at Trace so far?
I like it. The project management team is a solid bunch who can be counted on to work really hard.
What are your day-to-day responsibilities?
My main task is taking care of clients, which includes interfacing with them on the projects, ensuring we can take on the work, and making sure all projects are delivered on time.
Internally, I look over the project management team, see where improvements can be made, and set up production practices where needed.
Where were you working before joining Trace?
My last job was at the Moving Picture Company in London. I spent the last two years working in their films department.
How is working at Trace different than some of your previous jobs?
It’s a smaller company, which I think I prefer. I like working with a smaller team, as you naturally feel more involved and have more responsibility. Also, since Trace is a young company, I liked the fact that I could take what I learned from working abroad and bring it into the way Trace’s production team functions.
How do you see Trace growing and developing over the next few years?
In the 2.5 months I’ve been here, one thing really stood out: Trace is so well loved by its clients. They keep coming back because they get great service and great end product. We’ve actually had to turn away work, as we were fully booked. To fill this demand, Trace is expanding. There have even been discussions to have a full time tracking team in-house – which is great. Trace is only going to get bigger.
Meet the Tracers.
This month’s featured Tracer, Makarand Patel, spends his days making sure our work is of the highest quality.
Makarand grew up in Kankavli, which sits within the Indian state of Maharashtra. There, he loved watching Bollywood movies, listening to Bollywood tunes, and enjoying a range of Hindi TV shows, including Dance India Dance. But his older brother, who worked at a VFX company in Mumbai, was the spark that kindled his interest in visual effects.
In March of 2012, Makarand followed in his brother’s footsteps by joining the Trace family. As QC, Makarand’s keen eye for detail ensures Trace’s work meets our high standards and is ready for action. Trace’s Executive Producer, Matt Herman, agrees. “Makarand has been an amazing performer and always rises to the occasion.”
Aside from his responsibilities as QC, Makarand really enjoys table tennis and is looking forward to showing off his skills at the office.
We’ll be back next month to spotlight another Tracer.
Meet the Tracers.
This time, we’re honoring a Tracer who goes out of his way to ensure our work meets the highest standards: Kunal Bendke.
Kunal spent his childhood in the beautiful city of Kolhapur, home to a very intense form of Indian wrestling. When Kunal wasn’t playing outside, he’d park himself in front of the TV. Watching episodes of The Jungle Book and Malgudi Days, he developed an appreciation for animation and visual effects from a young age.
After college, he began working at his family’s general store in Kolhapur. But he couldn’t shake his love for visual effects. Kunal summed it up nicely: “VFX is the best way to express emotion. Nothing is impossible.” With this in mind, he moved to Mumbai to learn how it works.
In February of 2012, Kunal joined Trace. After months of hard work, he was promoted to QC and given a team to oversee. Jon Mason, Managing Director at Trace, nicely summed up Kunal’s development: “Kunal has always had an intuitive management style. His maturity and calm under pressure have made him a natural fit for the QC role.”
Outside of work, Kunal loves riding bikes, reading books, and cooking meals with his friends. Chicken Kolhapuri is his specialty. But as demonstrated by his favorite movies – The Avengers, Iron Man, and Transformers – his love for visual effects goes beyond work hours.
Congrats to Kunal! Stay tuned to see which Tracer is featured next.
Join the Trace team.
Trace is the fastest growing VFX company in Mumbai – and we’re looking to fill at least 30 openings! If you’re a skilled and motivated artist, come to our Mumbai office for a careers open house. Below you’ll find all the details.
May 11th 2013
9:00am – 8:00pm
Trace VFX Mumbai
Ujagar Silk Mills – 1st Floor
Across from Deonar Bus Depot
Mumbai – 400088 India
If you plan on coming to our open house, don’t forget to bring your CV, last 3 months of pay slips, joining letter/appraisal letter from current organization and relieving letter from last organization. Preference will be given to candidates who can start immediately.
We’ll be interviewing and testing a range of candidates, including rotoscope artists, senior compositors and everything in between. Below, we’ve listed all the positions we’re looking to fill. We can’t wait to meet you this Saturday!
Rotoscope Artist – 1+ years of experience rotoscoping at a top VFX studio. We’re looking for perfectionists with an eye for detail. Silhouette knowledge is required.
Paint Artist – 1+ years of experience in wire, rig, tracker removal. We’re looking for candidates who have a keen eye for detail.
Compositor – 3+ years of experience in mid-level 2D compositing at a top VFX studio. We’re looking for both generalists and specialists in keying, clean up and matte extraction.
Senior Compositor/Team Lead – 6+ years of experience with advanced compositing. Strong management skills required. The right candidate will have a keen eye for detail and an ability to ensure on time delivery of projects.
VFX Project Manager- 3+ years producing and managing artists and a strong understanding of the VFX pipeline. The candidate must be organized, articulate and timely. Strong written and verbal English is required.
Junior IT/Engineer – 2+ years of IT experience troubleshooting software, network and hardware issues. Must have experience administering Windows 7 and Linux workstations/servers. Experience with Cisco hardware, Mac OS X and the VFX pipeline is a major plus. Strong written and verbal English is required.
Fresher – We are looking for passionate and hard working freshers who are eager to break into the VFX industry. Candidates should have some experience with rotoscopy.
For those of you who cannot make the open house but are interested in joining our team, please send your CV, showreel, and salary expectations to email@example.com, or see tracevfx.com/careers for more info.
Meet the Tracers.
For this edition of Meet the Tracers, we’d like to talk about a guy who keeps everything at Trace running smoothly: Prasad Dorkade.
While growing up in Ratnagiri, Prasad loved to learn about India’s rich history. Unlike some of his friends, he looked forward to history class. But school wasn’t his only interest. In his free time, he loved playing cricket and became known for his table tennis skills.
Prasad joined the Trace team as a runner in July of 2011. He impressed us from the get go. Before we knew it, he was taking on more responsibilities and doing a great job at keeping the whole office in order.
“With his respect for others and ability to get things done at any cost, Prasad exemplifies Trace’s culture of creativity,” said Varun Parange, Head of Production at Trace. “He over delivers on every task and has a very bright future.”
Lastly, a bit of bad news for all the single ladies out there: Prasad recently got married.
We’ll be back soon to honor another Trace employee!
Meet the Tracers.
It’s starting to sound like working at Trace has changed the way Asha sees things. She told us that Avatar’s animation and visual effects make it the most amazing movie of the last 10 years. But don’t worry, Tom and Jerry will always have a special place in her heart.
Stay tuned to see which Tracer is featured next!
Meet the Tracers.
Today marks the first installment of Meet the Tracers, a monthly feature that spotlights members of our Mumbai office. Over the coming months, you’ll get acquainted with a bunch of awesome Tracers. But today, we’re going to kick things off with Prasanta Maiti.
Prasanta grew up in West Bengal, but he made his way to Mumbai a few years back to find a VFX job. We’re glad things worked out the way they did, because Prasanta has done an amazing job at Trace.
Over the past year, Prasanta’s attention to detail, reliable artistry and constant enthusiasm have allowed him to rise quickly through the ranks. Today, he’s part of a leadership team that ensures quality control and manages new talent development. Jon Mason, Managing Director at Trace, summed it up nicely: “No matter what position we throw Prasanta into, we know he’ll always rise to the occasion.”
Shortly after joining Trace, we learned more about Prasanta’s fine arts background and passion for artistry. In fact, he created the beautiful painting you see above and also has some serious photography skills! But his talents go well beyond the art world. So if Prasanta ever asks you to play XBOX, do yourself a favor and walk away. The first time he grabbed ahold of an XBOX controller, he won a tournament held at Trace.
Congratulations to Prasanta, and remember to check back next month to see which Tracer is featured.
Milind Bagkar – Head of 2D
A 14-year veteran of the VFX industry in Mumbai, Milind has worked at top studios including: Rythym & Hues, Prana and Famous House of Animation. Most recently Milind worked at Reliance Media Works supervising the stereo conversion process for Transformers 3. Milind has worked as a lead compositor on Hollywood projects including Superman Returns and Chronicles of Narnia. With experience as a Flame op and a roto supervisor for major international projects, Milind is a great addition to the Trace team. Welcome aboard, Milind!