Name: Scott Edington
Member Since: November 2010
Freelancer address: http://www.freelancer.com/u/StencilMedia.html
Skills: Visual Effects, Motion Graphics and Video Production.
What made you start Freelancing?
I was actually made redundant back in 2009 and was having a difficult time choosing alternative job opportunities. I’d always been interested in visual effects as well as motion graphics, so in-between applying for jobs, I believed I’d put my time to mastering the trade. I did research, read books, viewed tutorials, took lessons and eventually a friend requested if I could produce a video for their company.
He was genuinely pleased with the outcome and it was that which very much convinced me I could possibly start charging for my services on a professional basis. Since then, I’ve worked with more than two hundred clients from all-around the world, my work has won awards and I’m an Adobe Certified Expert. Not too shabby for saying I’d never picked up a video camera or used any editing software just a few years ago!
What is the best part about being a freelancer?
It means I can easily work anywhere in the globe where I can get an internet connection and plug in my laptop. Although I’m from the UK originally, I’m presently living in Spain as its considerably more comfortable, and it’s online freelancing that enables me to do that! One day you can be at the summit of a mountain editing some footage, and the next you can be in a submarine shooting some stock footage of giant squid. Not that I’ve actually done any of that, but it would be possible if I wanted to. Seems a bit dangerous though.
What has been your favorite project to work on and why?
I was associated in the creation of a Facebook application to promote the release of the Assassins Creed 3 video game, which was a very good project and something really interesting to be involved with. The client was completely happy with my work and I was quite proud that the app won a Shorty Award in 2012.
What kinds of hours do you work?
I try and make certain I’m available to at least answer emails from 9 to 5, but my work hours do vary significantly, depending on my workload and the location of my clients. If I’ve got a huge project on then it might be all hands to the pump for most of the day, at other times I might be topping up the tan by the pool or fine tuning my plans for world domination. I’m certainly more of a night owl though… I don’t function that well in the mornings and 5 to 9 is so much better than 9 to 5!
What do you like doing when you are not working?
I enjoy cooking, eating, photography, traveling, sleeping and astronomy. Actually, I’ve recently become an undergraduate student at Liverpool John Moores University, studying astrophysics by distance learning. Having joined the circus as a young boy, I never ever had the opportunity to go to university, so I’m making up for lost time. The versatile schedule I have from freelancing enables me to take the plunge and sign up for things like that. Give it a few years and I’ll be like a combination of Professor Brian Cox and Stephen Spielberg all rolled in to one. Scary stuff!
What was your favourite subject at school?
It was certainly science, and especially physics and astronomy. I think that science really fires the creativity much more than any other subject, learning about the planets and the vastness of the universe, it’s difficult not to be inspired by it all. When we were young, my friend John and I drafted plans for a home-made space rocket made out of empty barrels stacked on top of each other. The plans seemed pretty sound, if you neglect the part that there was no chance of returning in one piece. Unfortunately, our local chemist didn’t have the essential quantity of Liquid Nitrogen we required, and I do not think our pocket money would have covered it anyway, even if he had.
Fortunately, Richard Branson beat us to it, so I’ll hold out until the price has come down a bit and then I’ll be off into orbit! You should run a contest for the first person to wear a Freelancer.com t-shirt in space! Do I win the monthly suggestion award for that?!
And last but not least…
Complete this sentence; “My personal philosophy is… socks before or after trousers, but never socks before pants.”
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