Adam Darrah 2009

Course studied:
MSc Digital Media Production

Generalist Technical Director at Double Negative

Adam Durrah

Before you came to Brookes what did you study and where? 

BSc (Hons) in Multimedia Technology at the University of Hertfordshire.

What made you choose Brookes as a place to study? 

The quality of teaching and facilities available to students was evident right from the first visit to the university. Brookes has such a vibrant atmosphere and its proximity to Oxford city centre made it an easy choice when deciding where to study.  

What did you think of the course while studying here?

The course covered a broad range of subjects, which provided a great opportunity to experience the different areas of media production. That range of experience helped me decide which industry sector I wanted to work in after graduating. Being taught by lecturers that have real industry experience was also invaluable, especially when moving into a fast-paced and ever changing industry. 

What are the best bits of studying at Brookes? 

Studying at Brookes was fantastic; both the Headington and Wheatley campuses are in beautiful locations. The social side was amazing too, with many options for relaxing with friends or for some lively nights out at the student union.

What advice do you have for others? 

You have to work hard when aiming for that dream job, university is one of the best opportunities in that respect; somewhere you’ll find your feet and show what can really be achieved if you work for it. It’s also important to learn how to find a balance and not spend too much time focused on one thing.

After graduating from Brookes what were the next steps for your career and where are you working now?

Brookes has some excellent links with industry and I was fortunate enough to gain a six month internship at Vicon (a motion-capture company) soon after graduating. It provided me with relevant experience in operating motion-capture systems, especially as many large visual effects companies now have their own in-house motion-capture studios.

 After completing my internship I began working as a runner at The Mill, a post-production company based in London, who creates incredible visual effects for the advertising, games and music industries. I was then promoted to the position of 3D Artist.

Since this interview, Adam has joined Double Negative (Academy Award winning visual effects company) as a Generalist Technical Director.

Did your career turn out how you expected it to?     

I knew that I wanted to work in the media industry from an early age but before studying at Brookes, I wasn’t sure which specific area to focus on. I found the 3D animation part of the course particularly engaging and knew from that point on it was the direction for me.

What achievements are you most proud of since graduating? 

Getting to work at one of the world’s leading post-production companies is definitely a great achievement in an industry that is highly competitive and constantly changing. I’ve had the chance to work on some award-winning commercials for domestic and international markets, with brands such as Nike, Audi, Mercedes and Heineken.

Working on my first feature film was another big achievement and something I’d wanted to do for a very long time, to have that finally happen and see your work up on the screen in front of millions of people is quite exciting!

How has the course you studied at Oxford Brookes or the experiences you gained here helped you in your career?

Having great tutors with real industry experience ensured that what I was learning at Brookes would be relevant in my career. Our course was also structured in a way that encourages collaborating with people you initially don’t know and being able to work effectively with others in this way is such an important skill to learn.