VFX preparation

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“How did they do that?” What are the elements in one frame in a comp file? Peep behind the scenes and study the VFX breakdowns of several blockbusters.You’ll be surprised what’s real and what’s not! Usually it’s all fake and due to so many VFX it’s incredibly credible.

 

However, this module is named VFX Preparation... AKA the intake jobs in the VFX industry as the assistants of the seniors. So do not expect that right after graduation you will be offered a job as compositor, wrangler, matte painter, lighter, colour grader, etc. You usually start as a runner and your eyes teach you the tricks of the trade behind the scenes. You follow workshops and after a couple of months you might be hired for preparations.

 

We will teach you these skills in the second semester of the first year. In this course you will learn how to prepare the plate (live action footage) so it can be used for composting later on in the production pipeline.

 

First of all you’ll start with stills in Adobe Photoshop. You will exercise the different selection tools and colour adjustments to make clean selections out of images and you’ll learn that low res, pixelated or compressed images are impossible to manipulate. With your library folder you will compose a Photoshop montage with consistent image quality, colour, light and shading.

 

 

Once you’ve grasped these strict quality standards we’ll continue to moving pictures.

 

Rotoscoping. In the given footage you need to delete or add something. A time-consuming job with animated masks and a tough deadline. Perhaps you will even need to stabilize the camera movement first. Finally we’ll work with greenkey footage. After a perfect and simple classic example during the classes, a mind-bending exercise will be your final assignment in this course.

 

A sharp eye for details, technical understanding of images and video, and mastering your tools are the main ingredients for this course.

 

Technologies used: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Blackmagic Fusion