VISUAL EFFECTS + COMPOSITING
Visual effects and compositing expand students' visual vocabulary for creative realization in media production. This studio course introduces current compositing and effects software through creative projects, assignments and exercises. The artistry and illusion achieved through a variety of techniques is explored, including multi-layered compositions that incorporate digital painting, masking, key frame animation, and colour grading, as well as how to convincingly colour key and combine live action with digital elements. Students learn essential workflow strategies and develop a greater understanding of critical and aesthetic implications in media.
Students have explored projects enabling them to pursue Junior Compositor positions in the visual effects industry, freelance portfolio opportunities, special techniques for independent filmmaking needs, advanced technical foundations for still and moving image making, and unorthodox applications for artistic expression.
Overview, Image Components, Layering
A brief history of visual effects, the phases of the visual effects process, creative outlets beyond the VFX industry, the fundamentals of digital images, assembling digital images.
Intro to Visual Effects + Compositing
THE VISUAL EFFECTS PIPELINE
The steps of the VFX process include modeling, texturing, rigging, animation, lighting and rendering, dynamics simulations, and compositing. A VFX artist may specialize in one area or become a "generalist."
THE COMPOSITING PIPELINE
The Compositing specialization is the fastest, most flexible, most wide ranging and perhaps the most powerful in VFX. Although it is 2D-driven, it can create the illusion of 3D or accommodate some 3D assets.
A HISTORY OF VFX
Even the oldest techniques and their evolution continue to inspire modern and emerging practices.
THE MAGIC INGREDIENT THAT BRINGS PIXAR MOVIES TO LIFE
The world of VFX can bring inspiration to life from any range of backgrounds and interests. Danielle Feinberg, Pixar's director of photography, creates stories with soul and wonder using math, science and code. Go behind the scenes of Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Brave, WALL-E and more, and discover how Pixar interweaves art and science to create fantastic worlds where the things you imagine can become real.
Inspiration: The Industry and Beyond
Color and Light
Color Match by Channel
Art in the Age of Machine Intelligence
What does it look like inside the mind of a machine? Inspired by the architectural vision of a futuristic Los Angeles in "Blade Runner," media artist Refik Anadol melds art with artificial intelligence in his studio's collaborations with architects, data scientists, neuroscientists, musicians and more. Witness otherworldly installations that might make you rethink the future of tech and creativity.
Color + Cinematography
FAQ: Managing Image Size
Shooting and compositing day for night
Applying compositing knowledge and techniques across software platforms and practices.
Masking & Rotoscoping
Robert Rodriguez talks about his work on "Sin City"
As you watch, think about ways in which you may want or need to isolate and control specific parts of your image.
Challenge: Make your own "Sin City" style shot.
2D Tracking + Displacement
2D TRACKING EXPLAINED
A tracker identifies a unique pixel pattern, follows the pattern, and records its transform data. The transform data can then be applied to other images.
*A rotoshape can be tracked to objects to animate the general movement before manipulating its individual points.
2D TRACKING DEMOS
2D tracking is used in three common ways.
Tracking + Warping Captain America
Steve Rogers, a rejected military soldier, transformed into Captain America after taking a dose of a "Super-Soldier serum." This presented the visual effects challenge of portraying one character having two completely different body types.
Using paint strokes, roto, and tracking to remove live action wire rigs.
Color Key and Luma Key
Custom Glow Effect
Common softwares provide quick and handy filters to automatically generate "glow." But their parameters are often arbitrary and difficult to control. This is the foundation of how you can customize and control every aspect of your desired glow and its complexity, and essentially, build your own tool.
Innovating with Color + Filters: Custom Lightning
Controlling Look Development
Working with image sequences, exporting from Nuke, and utilizing the "Precomp" technique to simplify composites.
Using the "Precomp"node in Nuke.
Optimize video for output to different platforms.
A fractal or noise is a mathematically generated pattern that continues forever. It can be flexible in creating a variety of effects.
An artwork for gallery showcase, created in compositing with animated fractals and animated displacement.
Working with Cards
In Nuke, you can place images onto 3D planes and create CG camera moves to give a shot more depth, or to create a full on matte painting. Access the demo provided, and explore the Nuke User Guide on working with cards to get accustomed to how VFX artists continue to independently adapt to new practices.
Find VFX programs
Academy of Art University (SF)
Art Institutes (Vancouver / multi-city)
Sheridan College (Ontario)
SCAD | Savannah College of Art + Design (Georgia USA / International)
Bournemouth University (UK)
SVA | School of Visual Arts (NY)
NYFA | New York Film Academy (NY / LA / FL / Europe / South America / Qatar)
NYIT | New York Institute of Technology
Find opportunities (locations subject to change)
Digital Domain (Vancouver / other)
Sony Pictures Imageworks (Vancouver / CA)
MPC (Vancouver / Montreal / London UK / other)
ILM (Vancouver / SF / London UK / Singapore)
Double Negative (Vancouver / London UK / other)
Scanline VFX (Vancouver / LA / Germany)
Zoic Studios (Vancouver)
Method Studios (Vancouver / other)
Image Engine (Vancouver)
Cinesite Studios (Vancouver / Montreal / London UK)
Atmosphere (Vancouver / Toronto)
Animal Logic (Vancouver / LA / Sydney)
Pixomondo (Vancouver / Toronto / Germany / China)
Goldtooth Creative (Vancouver)
CoSA (Vancouver / LA)
FuseFX (Vancouver / LA / NY)
Entity (Vancouver / CA)
The Embassy (Vancouver)
Hydraulx (Vancouver / LA / other)
Bardel Entertainment (Vancouver)
Encore (Vancouver / Toronto / London UK / NY)
Mr. X (Toronto / Montreal)