Curriculum Outline

We work primarily within The Foundry’s NUKE, the world renown and award winning node based software used by best VFX houses in the industry. The Advanced VFX Compositing Program is also enhanced by the supplementary contributions of speciality rotoscoping software Silhouette FX. Each week, students participate in lectures and demonstrations that assists them with the learning processes and teaches various cutting edge Compositing techniques. Industry studies class provides students with current media, breakdowns, and techniques from real-world industry examples. Every Friday, our students gather for weekly screenings; where in-progress or finished projects and courses are analysed by a professional VFX Supervisor (and on occasion guest mentors). This gives a chance for our students to hear valuable feedback that will assist them creating an industry relevant demo reel. Students are given the opportunity to work on individual projects and in small group projects working closely with their peers. Through this program, students will learn specialised compositing techniques such as BG Preparation (paint-out, rotoscoping, keying, etc.), 3D integration, digital make-up, set extension, green screen integration, advanced colour correction and many more.

Visit the STUDENT PROFILES gallery to view examples of completed showreels.

Semester 1 - Studio - 5 Months

  • Orientation/Basics
  • Compositing Essentials
  • Project relevant technique lectures
  • Course 1 - Intro to Rotoscoping
  • Course 2 - Marker Removal (Green Screen)
  • Project 1 – Title (Wall Replacement)
  • Course 3 - Logo Replacement (3D)
  • Course 4 - Rod Removal
  • Course 5 - Screen Burn-ins
  • Course 6 - Full Body Rotoscoping
  • Course 7 - Muzzle Fire
  • Project 2 – Invisible Effects
  • Course 8 - Articulate Roto
  • Course 9 - Reflection Paint-out
  • Course 10 - Marker Removal 2 (Dynamic BG)
  • Course 11 - Rig Removal
  • Project 3 – Ethereal Effects (Ghost)
  • Weekly Industry Studies and Portfolio Screenings

Semester 2 - Studio - 5 Months

  • Project Relevant Technique Lectures
  • Advanced Compositing Techniques & Challenges
  • Course 12 - Digital Make-up
  • Course 13 - Leg Paint-out
  • Project 4 – Digital Gore
  • Course 14 - Set Extension
  • Course 15 - Marker Removal 3 (Reflections & Refractions)
  • Project 5 – Group (Conjunction with FXTD Program)
  • Weekly Industry Studies and Portfolio Screenings
  • Career Prep & Artist Marketing

Industry Practicum Placement - 2 Months

  • Placement within the VFX Industry as a Junior Compositor
  • Assessments – Attendance & Assignments
  • Self Development
  • Career Prep and Demo Reel Updates
  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Graduation

Program Media Selects

Instructional Delivery Methods

  • On-site delivery – supervised and unsupervised classroom and studio access
  • One-on-one mentoring with industry professionals
  • Project-Based Learning, a technique which enables the students to explore and grasp concepts and methods within a simulated production pipeline demonstrations/lectures
  • Individual and group projects
  • Additional Compositing challenges
  • Weekly Screenings where Mentors provide valuable feedback
  • Extensive training library and online resources
  • Location and green screen/studio shoots
  • Studio tours (Vancouver)
  • Visiting artists and guest speakers
  • 8 week Practicum in a local Studio

Students develop and enhance their skills in the following areas:

ANALYTICAL

Understand the fundamentals of 3D & Compositing techniques for creating visual effects shots. Develop the ability to choose the most efficient and appropriate techniques and tools to create the required shots in production.

TECHNICAL

Develop the ability to use specific production techniques relevant to industry. These include standard skill sets such as camera tracking, basic 3D asset generation, photorealistic 2D / 3D rendering, keying, roto/paint, matte painting/set extension, 2D / 3D compositing, grain management, photographic principles, advanced colour correction and more.

CREATIVE

Analyze and apply art direction and creative choices through the use of colour, composition, movement and production techniques to achieve the desired look.

SOFT SKILLS & CAREER PREP

Learn to navigate the unique creative industry culture through simulated production experience, mentor screenings/feedback, industry studies/tours, career preparation classes, and our studio etiquette certification course.

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