I can say without reservation that the course taught by Matt (spherevfx) was by far the clearest and most comprehensive of all those I haven taken. His knowledge, organization, and patience are of the highest order, and I would not hesitate to take another course taught by Matt in the future.
He has exceptional skills in respect of being able to communicate and enthuse students in the complex realm of high-end post production software. He have gained huge respect in the School of Digital Media here at Swansea Metropolitan University; there is always a great response when the students know he is coming in, either to give a master-class or a week long workshop. I believe his success is because he lead from the front with practical work from the outset, making sure that the theory is truly embedded in the practice, which is in turn informed by contemporary industrial production techniques.
We have continued to employ him in preference to many other trainers because of his professionalism, currency and amenability.
The course feedback from participating students who’d completed the post-course questionaries was always positive, remarking in how much knowledge they had learnt and the newly acquired confidence to apply the skills to the workplace.
I have no hesitation in commending spherevfx to anyone who requires Maya training at the highest level.
In that time spherevfx has continuously updated his content and knowledge, incorporating the newest software and technology developments on top of the fundamental principles that he covers. Training sessions have included Fusion, Maya, Nuke and most likely others that I am not aware of. During coffee break time at his workshops, I always enjoy catching up on industry gossip, forthcoming software developments and other late breaking news in CGI.
Matt is clear and professional in his organization, delivery and question handling. Passionate about 3D and 2D, he is an inspiring source of artistic and technical knowledge who displays true commitment to the truth that by openly sharing knowledge, we all learn and improve. In his sessions he is eager to explore new and innovative ways of doing things, he keeps on his toes .
We have found Matt’s help and support instrumental in the delivery of our programmes, which as you know supply the VFX industry with quality graduates ready for industry placement.
As an example, whereas most fxphd classes are about 30 minutes in length, Matt’s Maya / Nuke courses are most often one hour, if not longer. If he’s speaking on a topic, he makes sure to cover it thoroughly regardless of how long it takes. He is also very active in the forums, answering questions at length and providing further resources for students interested in doing their own research.
As well as having taken Matt’s fxphd courses, I’ve also had the pleasure to see his teaching presentations as part of the Foundry’s Nuke Masterclass as well as taking part in the Foundry training at the IBC convention in Amsterdam. It is evident from either watching his classes, attending his lectures or viewing his DVD training content that Matt is passionate about the topics on which he speaks and as he shares his wealth of knowledge with us, we become just as enthused about pushing our skillset further! On several occasions I’ve spoken with fellow fxphd members who agree, Matt is an excellent teacher, highly regarded within our fxphd community and the high-end vfx community at large. He would, without a doubt, be an asset to any team whose purpose is to educate those who wish to learn more about high-end post production!