Sally Wilson - Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Sally Wilson

Meet Sally - a Visual Effects artist who brings computer generated film characters to life. 

As a Lead Texture Artist at Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic, Sally is responsible for transforming simple grey concept models into living breathing characters for films and entertainment.  

Sally's work and education

Meet Sally - a Visual Effects artist who brings computer generated film characters to life.  As a Lead Texture Artist at Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic, Sally is responsible for transforming simple grey concept models into living breathing characters for films and entertainment. 

Recently Sally has been involved in developing the look for ‘Snoke’ in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ and ‘Maz’ in
Star Wars: The Force Awakens’.  Sally’s ten plus years of experience has developed from a love of art and film since childhood.  She has been involved in more than 35 films and projects including blockbuster films, music videos and commercials.  Whilst studying for a Foundation Diploma at art college, Sally discovered the Visual Effects industry and decided to pursue a degree in this area, which she found particularly engaging as it was a perfect balance of maths, science and art, all of which she had enjoyed throughout school.  Sally’s career path mirrors the ever evolving area of Visual Effects.

It is important to enjoy studying a subject in school but even more important to understand how that subject can be applicable to real life and work.  The crossover between arts and science is not often discussed, particularly amongst young girls, so we need to help educate them about the variety and diversity of careers that are available and highlighting different careers and career paths is important. Sally has continued to be involved in education as an external examiner for the Computer Animation, Games and Effects Undergraduate Framework at Bournemouth University, and as a visiting lecturer for the Arts University in Bournemouth.

Top Tip - keep studying what you enjoy and it will ultimately lead you towards a career that you will love!

"Top Tip - keep studying what you enjoy and it will ultimately lead you towards a career that you will love!"

Sally's subject breakdown

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​GCSEs or equivelant

Art
Biology
Chemistry
Design & Technology
English
French
Geography
Maths
Physics
Print & Photomedia (NCFE)

A-levels or equivalent:

Art
Geography
Maths
Physics (AS)

University:

BA (Hons), Computer Visualisation & Animation - Bournemouth University

Foundation course:
BTEC Diploma, Foundation Studies in Art & Design - University for the Creative Arts (formerly Kent Institute of Art & Design)

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