3DTotal: This really does sounds like a great project to be working on! What are the time constraints for its completion? Viktor: The first big deadline was just a few weeks ago. It was one of the hardest few weeks of the whole project. I registered more than 80 hours of work per week, for about 3-4 weeks in a row. But it was a success: my renders were shown on the news on TV and in all the newspapers so I was really proud of myself.
I’ve had a little time to take a breath over the last few weeks, but now I’ve been moved to another project and I’m just so busy again that I can’t really say when I’ll have the time to work on any of the personal stuff that’s in my mind.
3DTotal: Being based in Budapest you must gain inspiration from your surroundings. What is Budapest like as a city and also as a place of work? Viktor: First of all I want to say for the record that I love Budapest. This is my hometown and no matter where I go there can be no other place I could love this much. But I also have to say it is a place with many issues. Traffic is always stuck, streets are rusted and the people are not very friendly. When I think of Budapest, I think of a city that has so much potential that it could be one of the nicest city in the world. It is divided into two parts by the Danube; the bridges are beautiful; the mountain grows out of the city it just next to the river, with the statue of liberty and the royal palace on top of it and all the buildings are at least 100 years old! But on the other hand Budapest fails to use its advantages. The houses are all black and grey because of the smog and it’s always so busy that people can’t really enjoy the sights. But I can assure that if you come here for a day or two you will have a really good time! Especially if you know someone from the city to take you around all the cool places.
As for work, I think it’s a great place! Especially for freelancing jobs for foreign companies. I usually do that because the money they pay me it’s much less than what they would have to
pay for the same work in their home country and it is good for me because it’s like 150-200% more than what I would get for the same job in Hungary.
3DTotal: Working in such a competitive industry must be very hard at times. What piece of advice would you give to anyone trying to get into the CG industry? Viktor: Well what can I say other than be good at what you do? Right now I don’t have to look for work. I can choose the projects I want like to work on and, more importantly, choose the people I want to work with! It hasn’t always been like this of course. In fact I have friends working in 3D who are struggling to make a living because they just don’t get that many offers.
Today it’s not enough to just know the programs! You have to do more than that! One of my professors at university used to tell me “good enough is not good nor enough” and if I think of my work I find this saying very true. I constantly find myself sitting in front of the monitor at four in the morning still working on an image that could have been finished and handed in hours ago! And why? Because I can’t just stand up until I know that it is at a stage where it can’t get any better.
3DTotal: You clearly work very hard at what you do and the quality of your work speaks for itself. I’m sure you must have high ambitions; what would you like to be doing within the industry in five years time? Viktor: I’m sure I will try out other areas of the industry, like film or commercials, at some point. That is the really good thing about 3D: it can connect all kinds of interesting stuff! I love that! But right now I’m also
sure I will stick with architectural visualization in the end, for two main reasons. The first one is pretty obvious: it’s architecture of course. The other is that because I’ve become so used to rendering only still images, I feel I’ve been left behind by other aspects of 3D such as animating, which would be mandatory in the film industry. In five years I see myself abroad working at a company like Neoscape, Purerender or Vyonyx.
3DTotal: When you’re not working what do you like to spend your time doing? Viktor: My hobby is CG too! When I have a day off I’m so happy that I can open 3ds Max and Photoshop only to try and make all the ideas come alive in my head. It is very rare and I usually only have one day off every 2-3 weeks since I’m working 12-15 hours, 7 days a week, so when it comes to this I only have a short time to accomplish what I want. “Couch by the Window”, “Tadao Ando - Row House” and “House at the Beach” were all made in one day.
And if I’m not doing this well I try to be with my family as much as I can.
3DTotal: Thanks for your time, Viktor, and also for giving the readers of 3DCreative a glimpse into your working life in the world of CG!
A great read.... Viktor seems like a really nice guy and certainly a talented one, the other works displayed on the interview are absolutely stunning, great attention to detailing and beautiful lighting on all of them. Thanks for sharing really nice :)
Johnon Thu, 01 July 2010 12:25pm
Very nice. I admire the work process. I love how the renders look. Great work, and keep it up.
Pi3c3on Thu, 01 July 2010 11:12pm
Very serious works... Can't say anything just you made a very good job... A lots of eye candys =)
Szép munka mester úr! Csak így tovább. Öröm rájuk nézni. =)