Interview with Ufuk Pamuk
Published on 02/11/2019
What led you into the CGI/3D? Tell us your story.
I always looked up to films which CGI thematic. First of all, I started with learn to architectural modelling with Google Sketchup . After I’ve improved myself in this area, I found out 3Ds Max. At the first look, It was very difficult for me. Even I thought turning back to Sketchup. After a little bit research about it, I found some connections between 3Ds Max and Film Industry, I’ve decided to continue with 3dsmax on this way.
My first project was to do some mods for Grand Theft Auto. I’ve interested with Game Industry for a while. After, I got angry to Game Industry (because I couldn’t find any employment opportunities). I didn’t do anything about 3d production for two years. After working for 2 years in another industry, I remembered where I belong to, and decided to turn back. Totally I’ve been working actively for 7 years, passively 4 years.
Last years, I’ve worked in several companies as visualization specialist. I did many of architectural visualization projects. Personally, my admiration of film industry never ends. I admire details and effects. I always love to enforce and exceed my limits. I strived with it and still continue to do.
It took time to reach my knowledge and where I am on today.And it needed self sacrifice like everything. At the end, I released my first film, Nature Refugee which is architectural thematic in 2015, „In a dream“ in 2016.At last, came my biggest and last project that I do, Reloaded in 2018.
Where do you go to get inspired? What/Who inspires you?
Actually, at first, I prepare stories myself. After I put in process them. But sometimes it stucks.
At that time I get inspirations from well directed scenes and professional photos. Undoubtfully, they are really helpfull.
How does a typical working day look like?
I start to day when I feel energetic. I preapare my todo list according to my busyness after I sit infront of the pc. I don’t close the file till whe I achieve the result which I dreamt. I maintaining working with coffe and tea iand of course music. Of course music is up to my current mood. of course Social hours starts after achieving best results.
What does your workplace look like?
Now I’m working as a freelancer. In my room with my workstation and 32 inches monitor.Besides that, just one chair,a table and me.
How do you stay motivated in this tough industry?
I feel relaxed and motivated when I get feedbacks from my work. This is also valid in both of commercial and personal works. I’m always open to criticism and suggestions. If somebody sure of himself and his work, already, the motivation-lowering comments which come from 3rd parties do not affect the person. Because person, know how valuable the job really is.
I can say that, when I usually get good turns, it excites me for to do new things.
What is your passion beside CGI/3D?
No doubt, cars. I have a great interest in cars and I love to drive. As you can see, my admiration of the BMW M4 shows this clearly :))
How do you keep your portfolio up to date? Any tips?
For the tip, I can tell you that. Of course, love is the beginning. If you like your work, you have time for it. I miss it when I don’t do it … and it’s discharging me. so I can say. So It keeps me up to date. I know that as long as I like my work, my work will always stay updated 🙂
What Software do you use to create your artwork?
I’m using 3Ds Max. I have some zbrush knowledge. it also provides from creating details. For render is currently my favorite corona renderer 3.0
What Software do you want to learn in future? And why?
I want to add yeast and blender in the future. but being a generalist is not right for me. He’s holding me a little. In addition, I want to develop nuke.
Which books would you recommend to the read?
I would recommend O Alquimista, I read it again and again.
What music do you listen to while working?
Music is universal, I think. I listen to every music style. I like. pop rock rap. but for give an example, I usually listen to Tarkan, I can say.
Any advice for new Artists?
I suggest that they should work hard and be devoted, open to research and innovation. and of course they should improve their eyes. this is the most important part. the more technically we develop, the more we do not improve our eyes, we only do technical work. You should not lose your interest in art for artistic works.