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GUIDE 2014

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A Growing, Diverse and Global Industry 3
Why We Use VFX 4
The Skills That Make Up This Industry 5
A Brief History 6
Bridge the Artist-Techie Gap 7
The VFX Pipeline Explained 9


VFX Around the World 11
Mastering a VFX Discipline 12
The Freelance Culture 13
Earning Power 13
Tools of the Trade 14


What the Industry Wants 16
The Showreel Clinic 17


VFX Training 19
Your Options 20


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Los Angeles and San Rafael. ‘Iron to think how much of what you see on screen these days is Man’. it’s easy to take the technical achievements responsible for the VFX in ‘Star Wars’. creating 200 jobs for the VFX community in the UK. global business. the director’s make up this booming. Image courtesy of MPC © Three Mobile AN INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL EFFECTS A Growing. Diverse and Global Industry The art of visual effects involves nothing less than making words into pictures. worldwide. VFX is now a major global industry. new opportunities for VFX professionals develop all the time. ILM COME TO LONDON Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) – the VFX studio In this digital age. ‘Star Trek’ and many more – now have a a product of VFX? studio here in London. ‘Jurassic Park’. vision. escapestudios. ILM also have studios in Singapore. ‘Avatar’. San Francisco. take a moment 2’. Once managed by a small number of specialists. ‘Terminator of VFX for granted. but before we continue. As it grows. technology into art. always working in service of the story. the have laboured throughout the history industry and the career prospects that of moving imagery. Vancouver. Michael Fink and Jacquelyn Ford Morie – Over the last two decades the VFX job market has changed The VES Handbook of Visual Effects dramatically and quickly. Artists and technicians who create this magic (VFX)? This is your guide to the An introduction to visual effects | 3 . and the cinematographer’s art. ‘Transformers’. Looking to forge a career in visual effects and magic into reality.

Virtualisation Modern engineering. blending all the elements convincingly as character design. Big studios use hundreds of artists Sometimes when VFX is being used. no expense is spared on detail. TV. architecture. making these VFX assets mimic real-world elements as much as possible. suspending disbelief with photorealistic effects that seem Feature Animation so real. of VFX. second fastest growing media segment in the world. commercials and other video-based media. It is the technical trickery that breathes life into a film. motor and product DID YOU KNOW? manufacturing industries all rely on CG artists to help visualise projects during the design process. the audience can’t tell the difference between what Computer graphics animation has grown into a blockbusting was faked and what was captured on camera. movie genre of its own in the 19 years since Pixar pioneered the form with ‘Toy Story’. Image courtesy of MPC © 20th Century Fox Why We Use VFX Visual effects is a device used in filmmaking to tell stories Visual Effects (VFX) in a visual way that won’t detract from the emotion of a Visual effects is the largest computer graphics (CG) sector scene. Video games development is the superheroes. A recent introduction of tax incentives from the European Commission will see a £188 million investment for Britain’s DID YOU KNOW? games development sector. mythical worlds and impossible stunts to life. It allows filmmakers to bring ambitious ideas to and the biggest employer of CG artists. and photo-realistically. An artist has done their job well when the scene is believable. The annual revenue of the British VFX industry is expected to reach £600 million in 2014. VFX is the production life that otherwise would be too expensive or physically of effects. This is often done for set-extensions or removing unwanted elements from a shot. CG assets and motion graphics for movies. such as the An introduction to visual effects | 4 . animation or lighting. escapestudios. behind Although we can recognise these effects as being a product online advertising. the aim is to make on a single title. Games Games studios produce immersive environments within There are also more stylised ‘obvious’ effects that bring tight technical limitations. impossible to capture with a camera on the film set. with teams specialising in one discipline such the effect invisible.

science. a shared goal – to create something visually reach new technical heights that wow audiences. These skills make up Michael Elson – Film and VFX Consultant the production team – VFX co-ordinators and producers at Prime Focus World who keep the production and delivery of VFX on schedule as well as bringing new business to the studio. not just – not just the artistic. Mathematics. someone needs to make sure the studio is making money. An introduction to visual effects | 5 . physics and programming maths and technology all come together with are also skills that help push the boundaries. The industry needs people with talents across all these areas maths students too. Image courtesy of Cinesite The Skills That Make Up This Industry We want the superstar Visual effects is an industry where art. drama or art. After all. awesome in the most cost and time effective This industry also relies on talented project managers and way possible. people with a good mind for business. allowing VFX to the kids who studied media.

The history of VFX is still being written. From Alfred Clarke’s stop action beheading of Mary Queen of Scots 1985 – ILM produce the first 3D CG character in 1895. Following an error based on artistic. and discover how far the craft has come. more spectacular digital experiences. Park’ in 1993 – another ground-breaking moment Driven by advances in technology. escapestudios. Harryhausen’s fighting skeletons. Over the last century the techniques and technology used to create a visual effect has advanced incredibly. We look forward to what a succession of in-camera effects that would So we salute the pioneers of VFX who dared to experiment today’s VFX students will create tomorrow. HISTORY LESSON Learn from the past and take a look at examples of filmmaking pre computer-generated imagery (CGI) to better understand 1896 – French magician Georges Méliès the principle techniques at work in visual effects today. the the way for the incredible CG achievements in technical innovations of Ed Catmull and Alvy Ray Smith films like ‘The Abyss’. spark the future development of VFX. Murneau and Lang. it helps to go back to where it all started. it is humbling to think how far we’ve come in so little time. ‘Terminator 2’ and the first at Pixar. From the earliest use of in-camera effects in the 1890’s to the use of 3D computer graphics in today’s industry. Méliès discovers this achieved by hand (along with very acute attention to detail). and relies on magically transforms into a hearse – inspiring new talent to surprise us all. Trumbull’s Levinson’s ‘Young Sherlock Holmes’. and consequently push the boundaries of filmmaking. scientific and mathematical logic that were where his camera jammed. Much accidentally invents the shot substitution technique of the functionality we gain through software tools now. better. media sectors and demand for bigger. through to Méliès. Pictures A Brief History An industry built on the shoulders of giants To get to grips with the art of visual effects. computer graphics has grown into a multi-billion pound worldwide industry. Image courtesy of Cinesite © Warner Bros. the growth of new in film history. O’Brien’s Creative Skillset – Core Skills VFX Handbook composited into a live action shot for Barry ‘King Kong’. This paved gravity-free atmosphere in ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’. is while filming a street in Paris. to the digital era with John Gaeta’s bullet time ever photorealistic creature created for ‘Jurassic in ‘The Matrix’ and Joe Letteri’s ‘Avatar’.com An introduction to visual effects | 6 . happy accident produced a shot where a bus right up until the evolution of computer graphics.

then try photography. balance. Magic or reality – will greatly support your progression as a Painting can help you appreciate light and colour and what the way our eyes and brain respond to light and colour tones it takes to replicate or suggest reality. However. Just like a painter. artists will You can begin training your eye by learning the theory of think about how to mimic the natural world around them. an artist principles at work when creating visual effects. professional. this may sound a little scary – artist should have a good grounding in art and art history. Image courtesy of MPC © Warner Bros. science. how it moves. The Art The Science maths and technology. framing. Pictures escapestudios. VFX artists can create optical important for certain VFX roles. In areas such as lighting. implied motion If a film shot ignores the standard laws of physics. no one is expecting you to be composition. of the screen. the technology is missing a vital part for as they work to blend all the elements together. compositing and matte painting. and this relationship story that brings the full effect to life. CG artist. telling a visual what creates awesome visual effects. If you’re new to the Fundamentally. An understanding or awareness of each area The science of sight also has a part to An introduction to visual effects | 7 . These are simply the theoretical and other concepts used in the art world. The VFX industry is built on a balance between art and technology. science and art Visual effects is a marriage of art. chiaroscuro. VFX is a creative discipline. disintegrates or erodes. a VFX artist needs to examine the natural world and mimic will lose the realism they were working so hard to achieve. both working together to make a cooler image. such as an expert. but advanced knowledge is only of putting paint to canvas isn’t for you. if the idea can lead to a visual misinterpretation. a solid object doing an impossible manoeuvre. Art is particularly important for artists working in compositing Without artists. forms. While working in a 3D space. A VFX Physics can be a very useful subject to know as a VFX craft of VFX. This is a great way to observe and frame what is real. and illusions that fool the eye or direct its gaze to a particular part apply what you learn from that process to your work in VFX.Bridge the Artist-Techie Gap The relationship between mathematics. but fear not. is what makes VFX such an interesting area to work in.

and that the entire universe. this is a which are the most difficult to recruit. Second. Volume 2. philosophers and these as you go. In some There is particularly poor awareness among roles it is desirable (but not essential) to have a working students interested in maths and sciences knowledge of Python. Courtney Vanderslice-Law – Mathematics Production Director at Cinesite It’s a common misconception that maths isn’t creative. So if you’re an artist artists towards the pursuit of mathematics. and by applying thinking skills and creative thought you gain a better understanding of maths. skill you can learn along the way. painters needed to figure out how to of trigonometry. two attractive attributes for a VFX professional. yet maths in itself is a form of art. A creative mind is essentially a curious one. Michelle Emmer – ‘Visual Mind’. Section 3. yet these are the students who hold the we see this in practice most. but if you’re an artist and are most potential for us in technical positions. Mathematicians tend to have a mind-set that promotes curiosity and problem solving. vectors. including the An introduction to visual effects | 8 . thinking you need to be an expert. Image courtesy of MPC © Warner Bros. new to the concept of computer programming. the maths element is really only about thinking Two major reasons drove Renaissance logically and mental arithmetic. don’t worry. and how was the true essence of the physical world they can support your work as a VFX professional. but you can learn dimensional canvas. matrices. Technical Director (TD) roles are where VFX. MIT Press 2005 escapestudios. Pictures Technology If you’re a dab hand at computer programming – consider yourself an asset to the VFX industry. C/C++. In VFX. applied mechanics and depict three-dimensional scenes on a two- basic algebra are deemed to be useful. could be explained in geometric terms. or other forms of scripting of the potential application of their skills to and programming. Knowledge First. We simply want to draw attention to the artists alike were convinced that mathematics beautiful relationship between art and maths.

So having a good understanding of the entire VFX pipeline allows you to recognise how your work contributes towards the entire process Matchmove POST FX and what you need to deliver to keep a project running smoothly Rotoscoping PRODUCTION Lighting further down the line. Along the process. they also give you an in-depth knowledge of the VFX pipeline so you can fully understand the process and how it works. ‘Tron: Legacy’ – require thousands of artists. Ever wonder why the list of rolling credits for the VFX department is so insanely long? THE Films that rely heavily on VFX – films like ‘Inception’. Every finished VFX shot you see is the result of a defined pipeline that guides the different stages of achieving a visual effect. ‘Avatar’. In the industry. you’ll need to ASSET GENERATION understand the VFX pipeline – and we aim to help. By anticipating what’s Matte paint Compositing coming up ahead. FILM OUT escapestudios. delivering accurate and efficient work will earn you friends higher up the ranks. Both of these departments play an important part in the process of creating a visual effect. sometimes SHOOT working from many different studios across the globe. Modeling Shading This is the process that makes VFX An introduction to visual effects | 9 . Here at Escape Studios. you can second-guess potential issues or pitfalls. from Texture Rigging the initial idea to the finished image. ‘The Matrix’. Art Pre-viz department The VFX Pipeline Explained Research and development PRE PRODUCTION Dailies If you want to work in visual effects. The work from each artist slots into a chain of complex tasks that when brought together will create the ultimate visual effect and the illusion of reality. Our courses not only teach you the techniques. we help VFX artists learn the skills to work in two main departments – 2D (also referred to as Compositing) and 3D (otherwise known as CGI). each set of artists will have their own specialised task to complete Post-viz Animation before passing the shot on to the next stage.

the UK film industry has built on its niche appeal for VFX production. tax relief has provided Oscar-winning high standards – and this is what has attracted companies like more than £800 million worth of ILM. long-form TV DID YOU KNOW? series (such as ‘Game of Thrones’) and games industries. Find out more escapestudios. MPC and ILM all have UK-based studios and films including the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise. the UK can look forward to attracting many more exciting projects to its shores. The UK boasts one of the largest visual effects industries in the world. capable of meeting Since 2007. video games must be in line with EU state aid rules. have been made possible due to the work of UK artists. films with a combined production value of £5. As financial incentives like these continue. Filmmaking produced in the UK is supported by the UK government through tax incentives. Double Negative. then you’re in luck. To be eligible.CAREERS IN VFX If you’re looking to kick-start your VFX career here in the UK. ‘Avatar’ and ‘Inception’. who will begin work on the next ‘Star Wars’ trilogy over the coming year. Framestore. support for more than 800 British right here in London. DID YOU KNOW? Over the last decade. of which the UK is among the most high profile in the world. There is a rich talent pool of VFX professionals.5 billion. The European Commission has confirmed Image courtesy of The Mill © Smithwick’s a tax relief for game developers based in the UK. And let’s not forget that VFX is also widely used in international Careers in VFX | 10 . ‘Gravity’.

The past few years have seen an encouraging rise in VFX communities among developing economies such as the Asia Pacific regions. Asia and the wider southern hemisphere. escapestudios. but 224 Africa what about the rest of the world? Well. you’ll be glad to 24 know that this industry is global. India and Latin America. Europe 1. the Middle East.140 Russia 44 Middle North East 57 Asia America Pacific 653 281 Africa 2 VFX Around the World Latin America South So VFX as an industry is doing well here in the Careers in VFX | 11 . North America. with opportunities for VFX professionals to work in established VFX communities Australasia 73 across Europe. Latin America. The estimated number of CG studios Take a look at the VFX studios in your area currently active around the globe.

if you’re up for a challenge. However. a range of valuable skills to a collection of Careers in VFX | 12 . You could be skilled in a combination of these areas. because they can apply something outside your comfort zone. here’s a rough guide to some VFX disciplines you could consider working towards. these. In VFX there’s a specialism for everyone. you should look at your thing about VFX is you don’t need to choose just one of VFX Discipline natural abilities and aptitude and choose a path that best compliments them. To embark Although not extensive. you just need to find where your particular talents lie.SENIOR Director VFX Supervisor Facility VFX Supervisor COMPOSITING / PRODUCTION CGI / 3D DEPARTMENT 2D DEPARTMENT DEPARTMENT Facility 3D Supervisor Compositing Supervisor VFX Producer ANIMATION Sequence Lead Lighting TD Sequence Lead Compositor DEPARTMENT Compositor VFX Co-ordinator Animator CG GENERALIST RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT Digital Matte Prep / Paint Artist Motion Creature / Painter Capture Prep Rigging TD 3D Modeler Texture Painter Lighting TD Pipeline TD Effects TD Shading Programmer Roto Artist Assistant TD Assistant VFX Co-ordinator Matchmove / Camera Tracking Artist JUNIOR Runner Mastering a As computer graphics have become more specialised. escapestudios. qualifying you as a VFX generalist. Generalist VFX artists there’s no reason why you shouldn’t work hard to try are popular among smaller studios. the opportunities available to artists expand. The great on a successful career in VFX. At the larger studios artists tend to specialise in one area.

on a mixture of £75-100 – Entry-level/Juniors projects. Variety is the spice of life after all! £100-150 – Junior to Mid-level That’s not to say there aren’t many permanent roles available to artists £150-250 – Mid-level to Senior as well. where they tend to work on the big blockbuster titles. escapestudios. Image courtesy of Prime Focus © Lionsgate The main bit of advice I can offer anyone wanting to work in VFX is that you need to really want this career and be willing to work hard to achieve what you want. and their reliance on artists to display a wide range of skills across all their projects means you may find you’ll get your foot on £350+ – Supervisor/Senior TD/Lead the career ladder a lot quicker. If you don’t get a reply from one or many Careers in VFX | 13 . In fact many artists What you can expect to earn as a VFX artist freelance their whole career. You’ll quite often have more luck with smaller studios. as they are given the freedom to move between a range of studios. plus there’s the added advantage of working on a greater range of projects. don’t just target the big VFX studios. It’s an attractive way to Salary Guide for 2014 – Freelance positions (£/day) work for many people. Smaller studios also see their fair share of exciting £250-350 – Senior to Experienced projects. Also. Taran Spear – Escape Studios graduate and now NUKE Artist at Electric Theatre Collective The Freelance Culture Earning Power VFX has a large freelance culture. you must apply everywhere. and using a wider range of skills. especially at the big post houses. Studios hire people depending on how busy they are. don’t give up. When applying for work.

3D VFX • Adobe After Effects – A digital motion and object movements of the original live action scene. non-destructive paint. • ZBrush – 3D/2. • Adobe Photoshop – For matte painting and compositing for accurate image editing. • MARI – 3D paint tool that offers a fluid and flexible way Start your education – download free demos to paint directly onto 3D models. MODO and HIERO – thefoundry. warping. Image courtesy of Weta Digital © New Line Productions. • Cinema 4D – Used in the Motion Graphics industry. and learning editions of leading VFX software • 3DEqualizer – Used by tracking artists this tool lets you accurately track and reconstruct the world space. Software and hardware discounts for students camera and object movements in a scene. contact tool allows graphic designers to add 3D to their work. object Careers in VFX | 14 . visual • Autodesk Maya – 3D computer animation. Keep your ear to the ground and discover what technologies are taking VFX production to new dimensions. so don’t sit on this list for too long. texturing and digital painting tool. for film and television production. matting. camera • Maya and Mudbox – autodesk. morphing. effects like particles and dynamics. Inc. lens calibration and stabilisation. • Silhouette – This tool includes rotoscoping. stereoscopic • Adobe Photoshop – Used by texture and paint artists workflow and 2D-3D conversion capabilities.5D modeling. Our friends at Escape Technology are always happy to help • Houdini – A high-end 3D animation software used by you find the kit you need to get started in your education many FX Technical Directors when simulating ambitious towards VFX stardom. technology in VFX • NUKE – The award-winning compositing tool for visual is evolving all the time. As mentioned earlier. escapestudios. as an image editing and compositing tool. effects and compositing tool. • • PF Track – Another tool used by tracking artists to accurately track and reconstruct the world space. Tools of the Trade These are some of the leading industry software tools used 2D Compositing by CG artists today. this For more information. used in post-production visual effects and rendering software tool. • Autodesk Mudbox – Computer-based 3D sculpting • Mocha Pro – A tool that lets you achieve multiple tasks and digital painting tool. modeling. keying. effects and the industry’s standard software. like planar tracking.

you need to make sure you stand out. Some software vendors will allow you to download a demo or education version online. and when it comes to getting your application noticed. we recommend you research and understand the company you’re applying to. Are you looking to specialise in a particular area or will you be a generalist with a range of skills? 3 Keep improving your skills by learning new software. Your challenge. especially if you’ve worked as part of a team. Your breakdown should show exactly what you have done. not the team as a collective.GETTING Image courtesy of MPC © Paramount Pictures HIRED Recruiters in any company will be sent hundreds of applications on a weekly basis. should you choose to accept it. Tailor your application around the kind of work they Getting hired | 15 . Push for quality over quantity every time and position your best work first. 5 Always include breakdowns of your work. 2 Show lots of enthusiasm for VFX and know the type of work you want to focus on. escapestudios. 4 Only put your very best work on your showreel. ADVICE FROM VFX RECRUITERS is to impress them at a glance! 1 When applying for a junior role.

Depending on the composite shot in your reel. demonstrate that you can: that you can: The proof of your talent comes in the form of • Effectively perform rotoscope. you’ll win Recruiters Getting hired | 16 . VFX discipline you’re applying for. • If you’re really looking to impress. demonstrate door? A killer showreel is a great place to start. Want to learn how to create an awesome showreel? Here • Pairing up with a 3D CG artist is a great way to get a 3D • Attempt a product that forces you to work with glass are some tips from the industry experts. This is how you will • Create a photo-real CG shot showing off good looking to work in the Compositing team and should geometry. For example calling card to the industry. It’s difficult to get these effects right. Image courtesy of Cinesite © Warner Bros. Show a bit of variety to catch the eye of potential employers – it is your be on your reel. high-end camera. a watch or a detailed 3D compositing. you will need to show this when working towards their ‘end of course’ projects. Escape Studios students do and reflections. Pictures What the Industry Wants The proof is in a showreel What does it take to get your foot in the In a 2D or Compositing for VFX showreel. and if you master them. your skillset by incorporating a product shot. These are entry-level skills for any artist a showreel (or demo reel). techniques. your knowledge of specific techniques. escapestudios. a bottle of gin. In a 3D for VFX showreel. paint and rig removal • Camera track. texturing and lighting. • Apply additional techniques such as keying and a bottle of perfume. include an additional matchmove shot with some basic 3D.

targeting the skills that tie first job. in touch with Recruiters. using rigs freely DO available on the Internet. • Think about composition and presentation. who to continue working on your own have helped place hundreds of our graduates into their projects. escapestudios. Research the companies you’re applying to and keep • Keep it relevant to the position you’re applying Getting hired | 17 . For example. • Lead with your best shot. for animation work could try creating realistic animation cycles. • Practice and develop all of your art skills. Ben Owen – Global Head of • Show a range of skills but focus on the skills to get you that specific role. Image courtesy of Framestore © Sony Pictures The Showreel Clinic When in between jobs. • Make it too long. • Keep it short and simple. • Keep it fresh and original. this number can rise from 40 to 60. it’s important The Escape Studios in-house Aftercare Team. are required. • Play to your strengths. Anna Swift – Recruitment Manager • Include sub-standard work. have some key dos and don’ts to bear in mind in with the company you want to work for. approximately 30 to 40 junior artists. Every year Framestore will look to hire • Use reference material. • Show finished shots in the first half and breakdowns in the second half. depending on the type of projects being DON’T produced in-house and how many juniors • Attempt overly complex or ambitious work. • Use/copy other people’s work. Recruitment at MPC • Breakdown and annotate your work. at Framestore • Use offensive material. If you include Runner roles. • Show any work in progress. an animator applying when preparing your showreel.

000’s of award winning commercials. turning their creative passion into a career in VFX. and knowledge to help you get a job in Get studio-ready | 18 . Image courtesy of Framestore © Marvel Studios GET To work in VFX you’ll need to learn the craft. we can make sure you’re learning the most but we’ve taken it on and have been doing it for the last 12 years. Alongside Pearson College. Here at Escape Studios. it’s important to learn real-world production techniques used by professional artists right now. are intensive. starting as a Runner industry’s lack of educated ‘studio-ready’ talent. escapestudios. we have the pleasure of seeing literally hundreds of students realise their dream job. Educating the future generation of VFX talent is a big responsibility. relevant skills for today’s industry. and this requires training. As a student of VFX. The industry evolves incredibly quickly. ‘Life of Pi’ and ‘Dark Knight Rises’. One option SKILLS FOR INDUSTRY STUDIO- Escape Studios was born in 2002 with a singular vision – to solve the is to learn on the job. designed to give you the skills • 1. The Escape alumni now work in READY every facet of the VFX industry working on: looking to live the dream a little sooner. you can train with a VFX school like ours to try and • VFX Oscar and BAFTA winning films. we’ve and working your way up. so you’ve got to keep up with the pace. including ‘Gravity’. However. Our courses • 100’s of award winning films and television shows. get a leg up on the competition. Since then. if you’re graduated over 2000 Escapees.

to teach our students. help us develop and deliver the most relevant training for those looking to forge a career in VFX. Image courtesy of The Mill © Valspar Check out our list of industry partners Get studio-ready | 19 . it’s important to have partners. Our advisory board of top industry players. technologies and processes at use in the current VFX climate. Meet the Escape Studios advisory board Industry partners In any business. Meet the Escape Studios tutors Advisory board Delivering the most up-to-date curriculum to our students is always at the heart of Escape Studios’ training. To achieve this we rely heavily on our industry connections to keep us tuned into the latest trends. done that and now wears the t-shirt. and we feel very lucky to have partners who are the leading names in the VFX industry. our students get to visit these world-renowned studios and get a sneak peek into life as a VFX professional. we invite VFX professionals who have worked on the big blockbusters and commercials you will recognise. learn from an expert. At Escape. As part of our industry partner scheme. Someone who has been there. VFX Training Supported by the industry Industry professional tutors If you’re going to learn something new.

starting with basic concepts. Can’t choose between Compositing or 3D for VFX? Try both! Part-time evening courses If you’re someone who already juggles a lot during the day. One-day classroom taster courses our part-time evening courses are a great alternative. and you’re still not sure which discipline is right for you. Pictures Learning VFX your own way At Escape Studios you can learn 3D and Compositing for With an internet connection. Taught 3D for Visual Effects by industry experts. you’re going to taster courses. in VFX the best possible start. escapestudios. using our unique interactive learning platform.Your Options Image courtesy of Framestore © Warner Bros. Can’t come to London? Try a two-week online taster course Online courses 3D for Visual Effects If distance prevents you from attending a course in our London studio. who sometimes arrive at the classroom directly from their day-job in VFX production. To help give your career well as feedback from tutors on your VFX creations. Our online Compositing for Visual Effects courses also offer support from expert tutors. try learning visual effects online. giving you the essential skills you need to get your career in VFX started Taster courses as soon as possible. you’ll learn the Compositing for Visual Effects skills and techniques needed to create a kick-ass showreel of your own – the tools you need to apply for entry-level and junior roles in the industry. a workstation and the relevant Visual Effects disciplines. so you can jump straight in and get a hands-on have a pretty awesome showreel! introduction to the software and skills we teach. What’s the difference There is also the option to extend this training by 6 weeks between 2D Compositing and 3D for Visual Effects? And do and take our advanced programme where you can sharpen you fully understand what they’re all about? your technical understanding of VFX principles. you can study from anywhere in the world using through to technically advanced techniques and ending with the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). By the end To help you dig deeper. The VLE also hosts a Student Wall – the perfect place to interact with your fellow students and a great online Full-time courses community for VFX enthusiasts. we’ve created three modes of study so you can learn in a way that best suits your needs. So you’ve got this far in the Careers Guide. This platform lets a graduation project designed to showcase your skills and get you take advantage of pre-recorded and live tutorials as your showreel well and truly started. Our fast-track classroom courses run for 12 weeks. right software. before moving onto more complex and sophisticated techniques. we’ve designed one-day classroom of an 18-week full-on VFX knowledge Get studio-ready | 20 .

If we’ve inspired Learning Environment (VLE) and to access these for free. Take a look around We hold regular open days at our state of the art facilities with guest speakers straight from some of the biggest post houses in the world. Student wall Share your work. The student wall is a great online community for VFX students.SO WHAT NOW? Join the Community We hope this guide has given you a Visit our website Free resource centre better idea of the size and scope of the You can find out more about Escape Studios. tips and tutorials on a range of topics around and the unique way we do things at: VFX. If you’re more interested in distance learning. our courses For a professional VFX artist. Our training experts are ready to answer any questions follow us on: you may still have about the fascinating world of VFX. Or you can give us a call on +44 (0) 20 7348 1920 escapestudios. there’s a range of free online resources you can get VFX industry and what it’s like to work as your teeth into. Register for our VLE Book an online tour Get social Speak with an advisor For the latest VFX news and updates on free tutorials. interact with other students and get Book a studio tour feedback from your peers. we can show you around our facilities remotely with an online So what now? | 21 . the next step is to find out more Get a tour about us and what we can offer. All these tutorials are hosted on the Virtual escapestudios. tips and tricks and what the VFX community are talking about. so what are you waiting for? Get in touch and get ready to Escape Studios Blog YouTube change the world! Facebook LinkedIn Get in touch through our website Twitter Pinterest Email us at info@escapestudios. all you need to do is register.