Meet Your VFX Tutors

VFX Team at Escape Studios

Meet the VFX Team at Escape Studios! VFX is the jewel in the crown at Escape Studios, it’s at the very root of what we do, where we began 20 years ago when the VFX Industry was just starting to boom.

Back in the early 2000s there were few places in the UK where students could learn the necessary skills to land that crucial first job in the industry. 
Today, Escape Studios is ranked No 1 in the UK by The Rookies for VFX Production.
Below, in no particular order, are our talented tutors who teach the art and craft of VFX at Escape Studios, helping to ensure we remain the UK’s leading centre for the study of VFX.
Klaudija Cermak
Klaudija Cermak
Klaudija Cermak teaches the Art of Compositing for VFX at Escape Studios; she teaches the short course (12 weeks) in VFX Compositing as well as teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Klaudija has over 20 years experience on commercials, broadcast TV and feature films.  Klaudija has worked at most of the major post-production houses in London including MPC, Mill, Millfilm, Framestore, Double Negative and Glassworks.  
Klaudija‘s feature film credits include hits such as Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’
Sokratis Synitos
Sokratis Synitos
Sokratis Synitos has many years of experience in compositing for both film and TV, and teaches the Art of Compositing to our Short Course and MA students.  Sokratis has worked on projects at studios such as DNEG, Cinesite and Warner Bros. 

Sokratis has degrees in computer engineering and also in film studies. He is also a graduate of the 12 weeks compositing VFX program of Escape Studios.

Sokratis has worked on many major films including: Spectre, Avengers: Endgame as well as episodes of Black Mirror, Altered Carbon and Dr. Who. You can find Sokratis here at the IMDB.  

Dan Shutt
Dan Shutt
Dan Shutt is one of our most experienced VFX tutors, with over 23 years’ experience in a wide variety of 3D fields, from feature film effects and games graphics, to TV commercials and architectural rendering.  He has been with Escape Studios since 2009. 
Dan Shutt’s early work in architecture included rendering the Sega World amusement attraction in Piccadilly Circus, before moving on to roles within the games industry at Sierra and Divide By Zero.  Daniel worked in post-production for Lost in Space, on projects for clients such as the BBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Channel 4 and ITV.  
Dan teaches our short course and MA in VFX, and is also an expert in Houdini. 
Clement Gharini
Clement Gharini
Clement Gharini teaches Cinematography and Compositing on our Visual Effects courses, especially our first and also third year undergraduate students. Clement teaches cinematography to our first year undergraduate students, in which students get experience with live action cameras.  
Clement Gharini started 20 years ago as a cameraman on productions such as Harry Potter and Mission Impossible.  Clement then turned to Visual Effects and became a Digital Compositor for 10 years, contributing to productions such as Game of Thrones, Doctor Who as well as Oscar winning Ex Machina.  
Clem also specialises in virtual production, creating photo realistic digital humans. Clem also runs the motion capture pipeline at Escape Studios.
Cenay Oekmen
Cenay Oekmen
Cenay Oekmen is a digital artist with over 20 years’ experience in the visual effects industry and has won many industry awards.  Cenay Oekmen has worked on many hit films such as Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Jungle Book and Inception.  Cenay Oekmen has worked at many post production houses such as DNEG and MPC.
At Escape Studios, Cenay teaches the 3D Foundation course to our first year undergraduate students.
Mark Spevick


Mark Spevick
Mark Spevick is one of our most experienced tutors at Escape Studios.
 Mark is our Head of 3D, and Head of Industry Training, and combines teaching with working in industry, most recently at Framestore.  
Mark Spevick has many years of experience working in industry and six working in higher education and teaching.  Mark Spevick got his big break at Peerless Camera, the production house co-owned by Terry Gilliam, and worked on every Gilliam film from ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ to ‘The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus’.  
Mark is one of our in-house experts in Houdini. 
Carlos Poon
Carlos Poon
Carlos Poon teaches the second year VFX students at Escape Studios.  
Carlos Poon has worked across all major 3D industries for 14 years, starting in industrial design, then working as Assistant Technical Supervisor on the BAFTA winning TV series ‘Tiny Planets’.  Carlos worked as FMV supervisor for five games titles including ‘Lego Bionicles’, and worked as a VFX Artist on the HBO series ‘Rome’ and on the Oscar-winning ‘Inception’. Carlos Poon has worked at studios including Double Negative and Cinesite.
Federico Arculeo
Federico Arculeo
Federico Arculeo is a 3D tutor at Escape Studios with experience in higher education and in industry. 
Compositing Short Course
The Escape Studios Animation Blog offers a personal view on the art of animation and visual effects. To apply for our BA/MArt in 3D Animation, follow this link. For the next 12 week animation course, click here.


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