May Leung is a CG Supervisor at Double Negative and our next featured ‘Wonder Woman’.
What drew you to a career in VFX?
I always had a love for fine art, animated features and movies. My parents used to take me twice a week to double features and sometimes to triple features. Watching films repeatedly. Then the TV series Movie Magic came out in the 90’s. It was fantastic. It showed all the behind the scenes from matte painting to green and blue screens, miniatures and special effects.
How did you get into the Business?
I came from a fine arts background. I wanted to become a cell animator but what better time to get into CG than when it was the next new thing. I landed my first job, not based on my 3D education but with my fine arts portfolio. Art wasn’t just about painting and drawing; art in film has considerable diversity. I had the opportunity to work on everything – from drafting up storyboards for bids to FX simulations to animated characters.
Women are still under-represented in the VFX industry – why do you think that is and what can we do to attract more women to join the industry?
Women are definitely under-represented in this industry. When I started out, I was one of the few females in 3D. The other women were all on the production side. I was always in a room filled with males at any software launch or CGI conference. It was never a promoted career choice for women. However, with companies giving more exposure to their female 3D/2D artists and promoting them to normally male dominated roles, the more attractive the industry will feel to other women.
What are your thoughts about the success of Wonder Woman and what do you think it means to the industry?
She is a force to be reckoned with. This film is a huge encouragement to women that women can be both strong-minded and physically strong while being beautiful.
What would be your advice to the next generation of women coming into the industry?
If you love what you do and believe in yourself, you will succeed.