Laraib Atta is the daughter of famous singer Attaullah Khan Niazi. She is Pakistan’s youngest female Visual Effect (VFX) artist. Achieved a big breakthrough at the age of 19 back in 2006. “Before I started the course I had no idea what VFX is. It’s just I knew this that it is magic for films,” she said in an interview to BBC on July 25. Movies that inspired and motivated her to choose this career was “Toy Story”. It inspired me a lot when i watched it for the very first time. I was like wow how is this done, she said. It was hard to explain to my parents what exactly is it that I do. But my parents supported me a lot.
Making Pakistan Proud
She made Pakistan proud by securing a crucial team role in Tom Cruise’s epic Mission: Impossible. Her work in Mission Impossible is worth noting down because the MI franchise is one of the biggest movie franchises in Hollywood. Laraib revealed that she started VFX at the age of 19. At that time she was the youngest and the only Pakistani woman to work on visual effects. In her interview with BBC she said:
“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.”
She has done many Visual effects project in Hollywood. 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