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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.

 

STUDENT WORK

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.

 
 

WEEK 1

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.

 

SCREENINGS

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.

 

SCREENINGS

Inspiration: The Industry and Beyond

Conventional VFX

CINESITE AVENGERS INFINITY WAR BREAKDOWN

Niche VFX

ILP WESTWORLD BREAKDOWN

Creative independent short film

THINGS FALL APART

Creative commercial

ELSE MOBILE | THE TIME HAS COME

Creative commercial

LEXUS - LFFC PURE ECSTASY (DIRECTOR'S CUT)

Creative preproduction, found materials, performance art

LEXUS - LFFC PURE ECSTASY (PROCESS REEL)

Art commercial

HUGO KINO - INTERACTIVE FILM (MARCO BRAMBILLA)

Stereoscopic video art

EVOLUTION (MARCO BRAMBILLA)

Video art

CIVILIZATION (MARCO BRAMBILLA)

Fashion model art

GHOST (MARCO BRAMBILLA)

Art film panel installation

CELLULOID (MARCO BRAMBILLA)

Stop motion painting

KHODA

Stop motion, motion graphics, VFX

MARVEL LOGO COMPOSITES

Abstract 3D

IN MY DREAMS I'M DYING ALL THE TIME

Conceptual 2D composite

PLEASESUEMEKANYEWEST

2D glitch

#THANKYOUFOREVERYTHING

 

DEMO 1

Image Components, Nuke Interface

Demo Notes

Channels Reading

Interface Help

Assignment: Practice the demo until you can do it from memory from scratch within a couple of minutes.

 

DEMO 2

Layering, Nuke Interface

Compositing Reading

Assignment: Practice the demo until you can do it from memory from scratch within a couple of minutes.

 

WEEK 2

Color and Light

 

SCREENINGS

Creative Inspiration

RYOJI IKEDA

Cinematic Perspectives

LIGHT & SHADOW

Color Theory

COLOR IN STORYTELLING

 

READINGS

HSV

LEARNING TO SEE

USING COLOR IN FILM

 

DEMO 1

Color Match by Eye

Demo Notes

Assignment: Practice the demo and try with different images.

 

DEMO 2

Color Match by Channel

Assignment: Practice the demo and try with different images.

 

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