Posted Oct 24

Bangalore in Focus: Michael Harrison, 2D Supervisor, MPC Film

by The Focus
Bangalore in Focus: Michael Harrison, 2D Supervisor, MPC Film by The Focus

2D Supervisor Michael Harrison is originally from the UK and has moved to live and work at MPC Film in Bangalore, India. Harrison has witnessed the incredible growth of the VFX industry in both countries and has described working in Bangalore as a rewarding experience.

What is your name, job title, and how long have you been at MPC?

I’m Michael Harrison, I’m from the UK. I’ve got over 20 years of experience in visual effects, and I’ve worked for MPC on and off since 2003. I’m now a 2D Supervisor, which includes supervising a team of compositors, breaking down visual effects into sequences, overseeing the look of sequences, and getting them into a photorealistic state.

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What do you enjoy most about your current role?

My job is challenging, but what I love most about it is the creativity I can bring to it.

What do you love most about Bangalore?

I like the colours and the vibrancy of the city and finding tucked-away, secluded areas where I can relax. People here are very friendly – they are a lot more approachable than where I’m from in the UK. Over there people tend to have their guard up before they get to know you, whereas over here they are more accepting right away. You don’t feel out of place even if you’re someone from a different culture.

Which places have you travelled to in India and what was your impression?

The first time I came to India was when I was 18, and I traveled all around the north. That was back in 1987, and I was fascinated by the country, the diversity, the richness, and the countryside.

Outside of Bangalore, there are several locations close enough that you can spend a weekend away – places like Ooty, Mysore, and Mangalore. You can fly to Goa in an hour and a half, or even Kerala. I would encourage anyone who comes here to make the most of the opportunity to immerse yourself into Indian culture.

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What do you like most about Indian cuisine?

I’m a big fan of Indian food – the hotter the better for me! My favourite Indian food is a nice egg biryani.

Who would you recommend Bangalore to?

If you want to get out and explore amazing temples and amazing scenery, then India is the place to be.

If you’re willing to seize the opportunity and make the best out of it, the experience here can work for you. It does have its challenges – things work differently here than other places in the world. But if you’re willing to adapt and work with the other locations then it will be rewarding. –

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