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An Oscar, a Bafta award, and STAR WARS

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Digital effects artist, and former TLC art student (and staff member), Sarah de Schot, has reached the pinnacle of what would be any special effect artist’s dream – winning an Oscar.

Sarah de Schot was part of a team at visual effects company Double Negative, which won an Oscar and a Bafta award for their work on the Christopher Nolan sci-fi movie, Interstellar, in 2014.


Sarah de Schot with her Bafta and Oscar.
Image sourced from www.stuff.co.nz


And, since then she hasn’t looked back. Her movie pedigree list is growing and includes working on:

  • Antman

  • The Avengers

  • Spectre, the latest James Bond film

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


Currently a senior digital paint artist at Industrial Light and Magic, it is Sarah’s job to make sure any special effects are seamless and completely invisible to the viewer.

In Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, she was tasked with painting out the actor who played robot K-2SO, and removing the foot of Forest Whitaker’s character, Saw Gerrera. Her team also did a lot of the paint work for the sequence set on the planet of Jedha.



DISNEY Image sourced from www.stuff.co.nz


"Watching the final film with my team was surreal. Seeing my name in the credits of a Star Wars film was surreal. I had a moment where I thought, how did a little s... from Masterton end up souping [up] a Star Wars film? It's incredible."*



DISNEY Image sourced from www.stuff.co.nz


Sarah is one successful graduate we’ll be keeping an eye on. We can’t wait to see what movies she’ll be working on next!

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  • Lynda Newman
    10/04/2017 8:24pm (7 years ago)

    Well done! Brilliant effort Sarah! Inspiring for other graduates :)