Laraib Atta is the youngest VFX artist from Pakistan.
Daughter of legendary singer Attaullah Esakhelvi, Laraib Atta has once again made Pakistan proud by securing a crucial team role in Tom Cruise’s epic Mission: Impossible – Fallout film.
Her work in Mission Impossible is worth noting down because the MI franchise is one of the biggest movie franchises in Hollywood.
Laraib Atta shared the details of her work in Mission Impossible in an interview with BBC Asian Network who calls her the youngest VFX artist from Pakistan.
This isn’t the first time Laraib Atta has worked on the visual effects of a big budget Hollywood movie. She has previously worked on The Chronicles of Narnia, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and more.
Speaking to BBC Asian Network, Laraib revealed that she started at the age of 19 and at that time she was the youngest and the only Pakistani woman to work on visual effects.
She wants to inspire other women to find a career in the VFX industry which is still occupied by 70-80% of men.
“Before I started the course, I had no idea what VFX is. I just knew that this is magic for films, that’s all I knew,” Atta commented in a recent interview with BBC Asian Network. “The first time I watched Toy Story, it really inspired me. I was like ‘Wow, how is this done’?”
“I didn’t know back then that I was going to get into visual effects. But that something related to art was in me all this time and technology is what I wanted to do,” she continued.
Meet Laraib Atta: Pakistani visual effects prodigy making waves in Hollywood
So, it was hard to explain to her parents what exactly is it that she does. “My parents didn’t even know what I was getting into,” she laughed. “But they absolutely supported me when I talked to my father, my mother. They told me that I have all the choice in the world! Whatever you want to do, whatever career you wish to pursue, you can definitely go for it.”
Laraib also hopes to inspire other young Pakistani women.
“Back in the day when I started, I was the only girl in my course. I was the youngest and of course, the only Pakistani. I don’t see a lot of Pakistanis,” Laraib added. “There are some women I’ve started to see now in the industry that still has 70%-80% men,” the now 31-year-old artist commented. “The goal is to get more women, young people into this and more Pakistanis.”
The artist has previously worked in X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Chronicles of Narnia and Sweeney Todd.
Laraib Atta’s projects
Laraib Atta isn’t new to Visual Effects in Hollywood. She has worked for a number of television series as well as big projects.
- Some of her most notable projects include:
- Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
- 10,000 BC
- The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
- Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
- The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
- Godzilla 2014
- X-Men: Days of Future Past
- Mission: Impossible – Fallout