Woon Bing Chang - alumnus profile
Since graduating in 2009 Woon Bing Chang reflects on his journey and career highlights to date including working on Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning Life of Pi and becoming a freelance artist.
The road to Hollywood
After graduating with a first degree (BA(Hons) Graphic Design With Animation), Woon Bing returned from UWE Bristol to Malaysia and started working at Rhythm & Hues, an international visual effects studio in Kuala Lumpur as a camera tracker.
Just two years in, Woon Bing seized a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the 1,200 strong-team working on Ang Lee's Life of Pi feature film that won an Oscar for the best visual effects category.
“I was part of the visual effects team and worked on the camera-tracking in the sequence where a school of flying fish descends upon Pi and the tiger in the middle of the ocean. It was the team's gateway to bigger and better things and the highlight of my career so far.”
A change of course
It wasn’t all plain sailing however. The studio started experiencing financial issues and Woon Bing’s career took a different course and he began lecturing in illustration at a further education college in Malaysia.
“Due to my experience and knowledge of illustration, animation and visual effects, I am involved in subjects that include pre-production designs for animation. I also coordinate some of the courses where we engage overseas mentors”.
Woon Bing’s degree and experience has since led to other freelance opportunities. He currently works as an artist, including illustrating children’s story books.
Woon Bing recently presented UWE Bristol Vice Chancellor Professor Steve West with one of his illustrations to commemorate the launch of UWE Alumni Malaysia (UAM). The illustrations featured Bristol’s iconic hot air balloons and Waus (traditional Malaysian kites).
A strong UWE Bristol foundation
Reflecting on his time at UWE Bristol, Woon Bing is grateful for the opportunities the staff, course and excellent industry links have offered him.
“I came to UWE Bristol without any animation and 3D CGI knowledge, I acquired all of my knowledge and skills on my course which played a big part in enabling me to be involved in international Hollywood productions. It also taught me many things helpful in my current role as an educator.
I have fond memories of the course, the environment and most of all the good people who prepared me for this challenging, competitive industry.”
For more information on Woon Bing’s current art work visit http://dyvxwolf.tumblr.com/
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