Big screen dreams

For­mer Ex­ploits Val­ley High stu­dent con­trib­utes to Os­car win

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - Front Page - BY JOR­DAN MALONEY

GRAND FALLS-WIND­SOR, NL – Grand Falls-Wind­sor na­tive Jesse Forsey helped con­trib­ute to the re­cent Os­car win for “Blade Run­ner 2049.”

The film won Best Vis­ual Ef­fects at the 90th an­nual Academy Awards cer­e­mony.

“Ev­ery depart­ment in each stu­dio has their own spe­cific job,” said Forsey. “We get to work on a shot-by-shot ba­sis, and we all contributed a lit­tle bit to each shot that’s in the film.”

Forsey’s em­ployer, Frame­store, does post-pro­duc­tion in Mon­treal and was one of four com­pa­nies that worked on vis­ual ef­fects for the film. Forsey him­self does Ro­toPaint work, prep­ping the shots be­fore they are com­puter-gen­er­ated.

“There was a shot in the be­gin­ning of the movie with an eye,” said Forsey. “There was mas­cara on it, and they wanted us to com­pletely re­con­struct the eye­lashes to get rid of the mas­cara. In­stead of re-shoot­ing that, we had to do it dig­i­tally. That was some­thing that I my­self ac­tu­ally worked on. It was re­ally cool to see the first shot of the movie be some­thing that I worked on for months.”

Forsey said it was great to have his work re­warded with an Os­car win, of all things.

He at­tended Ex­ploits Val­ley High in Grand Falls-Wind­sor and was in Al­berta when he de­cided he wanted to work in the film in­dus­try.

“I wasn’t re­ally sure what I wanted to do when I first got out of high school,” said Forsey. “I just knew I wanted to go into the arts.”

He de­cided to go to Van­cou­ver be­cause of the work in film pro­duc­tion in the city. He at­tended Van­cou­ver Film School to study the ba­sics of film and fig­ure out what di­rec­tion he wanted to take in the in­dus­try.

Even­tu­ally, Forsey at­tended Lost Boys Stu­dios and spe­cial­ized in vis­ual ef­fects. It was there he was trained for Ro­toPaint work.

“It’s a re­ally hard path to look down es­pe­cially when you’re in high school in Grand Falls,” he said. “There isn’t a whole lot to do with the film in­dus­try in New­found­land. There are some shows that are filmed there, but as far as vis­ual ef­fects go, there isn’t a lot you can’t do in­side of an of­fice dig­i­tally.”

Forsey noted it’s dif­fi­cult to suc­ceed in the field of arts, but said it’s pos­si­ble if you set your mind to it. In the be­gin­ning, Forsey didn’t know vis­ual ef­fects was a job he could make money in.

“You need to push your­self, find all the right peo­ple and take chances,” Forsey said. “Just re­ally push for­ward, be­cause that’s what I did. I just took ev­ery sin­gle op­por­tu­nity I had, I took so many dif­fer­ent risks when it comes to mov­ing all around the coun­try.”

Forsey had some ad­vice for young stu­dents look­ing to fol­low in his foot­steps.

“Just fol­low your heart and go for ex­actly what it is you want to go for,” he said. “Look­ing at it and be­ing younger, it’s hard to see your­self get­ting there. But it takes time, and it takes a lot of ef­fort. You’re go­ing to have a lot of peo­ple tell you that it’s not go­ing to work out for you, but if you put the work in you’ll end up do­ing some­thing pretty cool, like maybe win­ning an Os­car.”

Forsey couldn’t dis­cuss his up­com­ing projects be­cause of non-dis­clo­sure agree­ments, but Frame­store is work­ing on Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War (Part 1) and Dead­pool 2 in 2018, among many oth­ers.


Grand Falls-Wind­sor na­tive Jesse Forsey was part of the team that won an Academy Award for “Blade Run­ner 2049” last week.

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