Volta studios art test
Even tells us more about landing his dream job at the Canadian visual development studio “I think my greatest career milestone,” Even Mehl Amundsen says, “at least in terms of how different life was before and after, was passing the art test for my first in-house job at Volta Studios in Canada.”
Even had just dropped out of Falmouth School of Art and was looking for freelancing jobs in Norway. A friend said he knew of a job going in Quebec. “I had barely any notion of where in Canada it was,” he says, “but I buckled down and took on their art test, working at it all summer.
“The test was to do a character, going through the usual feedback system that most studios use, and after it was done, to do an environment to put that character in. The brief called for a modern, Asian assassin, using an old-school weapon.”
The finished piece is a kind of urban ninja, dressed in a zipup coat and combat pants, wielding a couple of swords. The backdrop was a narrow, cluttered street strung with Chinese lanterns. “For the environment, I worked off of a 3D mock-up that Volta provided. That was a far greater challenge. I had to learn how to do photobashing and stuff like that. It somewhat cemented my dislike of that process.”
It took Volta a week and a half – a week and a half of “dread” – to get back to him. “I was visiting a friend when I received the confirmation.” Cue the celebrations. Even remembers it as “a very good day.”