VFX Production On-Set: Becoming a Visual Effects Supervisor
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VFX Production On-Set: Becoming a Visual Effects Supervisor

Full production guide to becoming a visual effects supervisor from the start to end of any life-action film.
4.4 (32 ratings)
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233 students enrolled
Created by Vicki Lau
Last updated 2/2020
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This course includes
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 3 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Know what it takes to become a visual effects supervisor in the film industry
  • Know what goes into the visual effects supervisor's toolkit
  • Understand the key team players in the visual effects team from pre-production thru post-production
  • Plan for a visual effects shoot from start to finish
  • Be able to integrate learned skills of visual effects supervision into a final visual effects shot
Requirements
  • An Idea for a VFX Shot
  • Passion and Good Follow-Through
  • Willingness to Purchase or Access to the Necessary Tools/ Equipment
  • Basic Understanding of Film Production and the Production Process
  • Microsoft Word and Excel
Description

Always wondered if there was more to visual effects than just sitting behind the computer screen?

If you are the kind of person that loves the outdoors or simply want to find out how to apply your visual effects knowledge to a film set instead of directly onto a film shot, this course will take you through the journey and process of becoming a visual effects supervisor for any live-action film production.

Enjoy the Best Part of the Visual Effects Industry - On-Set and with the Director and Actors.

Learn by doing and preparing your very own visual effects on-set methods, team and toolkit by following these steps from pre-production to post-production of your very own visual effects shot that will put your supervision skills to the test.

Why This Course?

  • Taught by someone who has amassed experience in both film production, visual effects supervision as well as post-production visual effects on short and feature films

  • Step-by-step walkthrough from pre-production to post-production of a visual effects production with captured footage from film sets and useful production documents

  • Detailed insights and know-hows from real industry experts that would save you time, money as well as your reputation when supervising on-set and working with the director and cast

  • Unique behind-the-scenes footage and clips from various productions and Hollywood studios

 

Move Beyond the Computer Screen to Working on Studio Lots and Experience the Best of Both Worlds - Visual Effects and Film Production.

You will Learn How: 

  • To work your way into becoming a visual effects supervisor

  • The visual effects bidding process works

  • To identify key team members and visual effects vendors to work with

  • To supervise and lead visual effects productions from pre-production to post-production

  • To work with members of the crew including the director, director of photography and production design

  • To capture and utilize on-set data and information for visual effects

  • To prepare for a visual effects shoot

  • Visual effects supervisors think and plan

Complete with additional resources, and a fun and engaging live teaching style (alongside multiple industry veterans), students who complete the course will also be welcomed to connect with the instructor for additional educational or collaborative opportunities.


If you participate in this course, you will walk on a film set more empowered and confident, able to command your visual effects crew to ensure that they dress in the right shade of green and pull off the most impressive post-production-saving moves ever - 

Because you know what they say about fixing it in post. Don't.



DISCLAIMER: the thoughts and opinions of all speakers in this course are not representative of any organization, company or business and are to be taken as personal opinion and insights shared only.

Who this course is for:
  • Visual effects artists or students interested in becoming a VFX supervisor on set
  • Film students and graduates interested in the visual effects process
  • Aspiring or new filmmakers working on their own visual effects film
  • NOT for seasoned visual effects professionals who are currently in the industry
Course content
Expand all 45 lectures 03:19:50
+ VFX Production Basics
5 lectures 28:42

Introduction to the instructor as well as an opportunity for you to introduce yourself and your aspirations in visual effects (or film), to the community. Learn why the instructor is qualified and the best option to be guiding you through your visual effects production and supervision learning journey.

Preview 02:00

Ever wondered how someone transitioned from being an artist working on shots to becoming an on-set supervisor working with the cast and crew on a production set? If you are completely enthralled by working on set instead of in a comfy seat behind a computer screen, this lesson explores the challenges and joys ahead on the path to becoming a visual effects supervisor on set.

Path to Becoming a VFX Supervisor
05:02

This lesson will describe the bidding process that visual effects producers go through in order to have a better understanding of how visual effects projects are formed and found, as a visual effects supervisor. This lesson takes you through sample bids as well as what makes a bid successful or unsuccessful, and the next steps after winning a bid on a project.

DISCLAIMER: the thoughts and opinions of all speakers in this course are not representative of any organization, company or business and are to be taken as personal opinion and insights shared only.

The VFX Bidding Process
07:03

Carrying on from the previous lesson, this lesson will breakdown what and how to supervise a visual effects production right after a successful bid on a project. From planning to post-production, this lesson will provide a general overview of which aspects of a film narrative to supervise as well as how to go about doing it at different phases of production.

How and What to Supervise
08:55

This lesson will provide a general summary on the film and visual effects production processes as well as pipelines and workflows that all visual effects supervisors must come to know and understand. This lesson serves as the foundation for all aspiring supervisors who will be straddling both worlds of film and visual effects.

Understanding the Film & Visual Effects Process
05:42
VFX Production Basics
3 questions
+ The VFX Team
6 lectures 20:09

This lesson describes the position of the visual effects supervisor and its role in a visual effects production. From what the supervisor does, to their daily responsibilities on and off set as well as additional resources, this lesson will paint a comprehensive portrait of the typical VFX supervisor.

Preview 03:49

This lesson describes the position of the visual effects producer and its role in a visual effects production. From what the producer does, to their daily responsibilities on and off set as well as additional resources, this lesson will paint a comprehensive portrait of the typical VFX producer.

DISCLAIMER: the thoughts and opinions of all speakers in this course are not representative of any organization, company or business and are to be taken as personal opinion and insights shared only.

The VFX Producer
04:00

This lesson describes the position of the visual effects production coordinator and its role in a visual effects production. From what the coordinator does, to their daily responsibilities on and off set as well as additional resources, this lesson will paint a comprehensive portrait of the typical VFX production coordinator.

The VFX Production Coordinator
01:29

This lesson describes the position of the visual effects production assistant (PA) and its role in a visual effects production. From what the PA does, to their daily responsibilities on and off set as well as additional resources, this lesson will paint a comprehensive portrait of the typical VFX PA.

VFX PAs
01:28

This lesson describes the role a visual effects studio and their in-house VFX production team play in a visual effects production. From how the in-house team work with external team members, to their daily responsibilities to their own studio on and off set as well as additional resources, this lesson will paint a comprehensive portrait of how the in-house team of a VFX studio function and work together with external team members or teams from other VFX studios.

VFX Studios & In-House Teams
05:49

This lesson describes the position of the various types of visual effects post-production supervisors and their role in a visual effects production. From what these supervisors do, to their daily responsibilities on and off set as well as additional resources, this lesson will paint a comprehensive portrait of the typical and various types of VFX post-production supervisors.

VFX Post-Production Supervisors
03:34
The VFX Team
3 questions
+ VFX Supervision and Pre-Production
8 lectures 40:38

This lesson explores the script analysis and breakdown process for the purposes of creating a VFX breakdown as a visual effects supervisor. Learn more about the responsibilities of a supervisor during the scripting and pre-production phase as well as what is expected in an initial VFX breakdown of a film script.

DISCLAIMER: the thoughts and opinions of all speakers in this course are not representative of any organization, company or business and are to be taken as personal opinion and insights shared only.

Script Analysis and VFX Breakdown
04:42

This lesson explores the working relationship between the director and visual effects supervisor as well as best practices to a successful collaboration. Learn more about how this dynamic works as well as what are the expectations on both ends of this relationship when it comes to a visual effects production.

Working with the Director
05:14

This lesson explores the working relationship between the director of photography (DP) and visual effects supervisor as well as best practices to a successful collaboration. Learn more about how this dynamic works as well as what are the expectations on both ends of this relationship when it comes to a visual effects production, including how to communicate with the DP in understandable terms.

Working with the Director of Photography (DP)
04:37

This lesson explores the working relationship between the on-set VFX team and visual effects supervisor as well as best practices to a successful collaboration. Learn more about how this dynamic works as well as what are the expectations on both ends of this relationship when it comes to a visual effects production.

Working with your VFX Team
05:28

This lesson explores the working relationship between the production design department and visual effects supervisor as well as best practices to a successful collaboration. Learn more about how this dynamic works as well as what are the expectations on both ends of this relationship when it comes to a visual effects production.

Working with Production Design
05:45

During the storyboarding phase, the visual effects supervisor usually works with the director in framing the composition of shots - especially those shots that will be entirely created in VFX post-production. This lesson explores the concept and uses of VFX shot design and previz and how this important step is crucial in saving both time and money in any visual effects production.

VFX Shot Design and Previz
02:48

This lesson explores the importance and steps to establishing a VFX pipeline and workflow specific to any visual effects production. As a visual effects supervisor, learn more about the tools that already exist to help streamline the pipeline creation process as well as how to get your VFX team on board the process.

Establishing VFX Pipelines
05:41

This lesson discusses how a visual effects supervisor goes about choosing the vendors or VFX studios to work with that would be relevant to their visual effects production. Learn more about the selection process for vendors as well as team members on-set in terms of determining their fit with the project's visual effects style, budget and schedule.

DISCLAIMER: the thoughts and opinions of all speakers in this course are not representative of any organization, company or business and are to be taken as personal opinion and insights shared only.

Preview 06:23
VFX Supervision and Pre-Production
3 questions
Using either your own short film script or one you found online, perform a VFX breakdown and analysis for the selected script and share your VFX breakdown with the class.
Perform a VFX Breakdown for a Script
3 questions
+ VFX Supervision and Production
8 lectures 42:21

A visual effects supervisor's toolkit is one of the most important things a supervisor has to get right both on and off set. This lesson explores what a supervisor's toolkit includes including where to get said tools, when and how to use them as well as examples of real-life toolkits of current visual effects supervisors in the industry.

The VFX Supervisor's Toolkit
10:15

There are many things a visual effects supervisor has to do and prepare for both on and off set; to ensure that a VFX supervisor is kept on track, it is crucial to have a VFX supervisor's to-do list. This lesson dives into the importance and key elements of a VFX supervisor's to-do list, including lists to be made before, during and after any visual effects production.

The VFX Supervisor's To-Do List
05:14

This lesson describes how a visual effects supervisor would prepare any visual effects prop for a visual effects production. Depending on the type of prop and production, this lesson covers a range of the various types of VFX props one would expect on-set as well as how to work with the production design department where necessary.

Preparing VFX Props for Production
02:52

This lesson dives deep into the topic of Green screens and how to set, light and prepare them for any visual effects production. From indoor Green screens to outdoor and unique situations, this lesson discusses how to properly light a Green screen and prepare them for different types of camera shots as well as different visual effects use cases.

Preview 05:07

This lesson explores the different types of on-set data to be captured for visual effects post-production as well as the tools and equipment required to do so. As a visual effects supervisor leading a team of VFX PAs, this lesson also explores how and when to capture on-set data as well as how to organize the captured data within your VFX on-set team.

Capturing Set Data for VFX
06:53

This lesson explores the working relationship between the on-set camera crew and visual effects supervisor as well as best practices to a successful collaboration between the two departments. Learn more about how this dynamic works as well as what are the expectations on both ends of this relationship when it comes to a visual effects production, including how to ensure a good flow of communication between the camera crew and your VFX team.

Working with the Camera Crew
03:55

This lesson explores the various types of specialized equipment for specific unique VFX shots or use cases on any visual effects production. Learn more about what these equipment are, how and when to use them as well as how this affects the visual effects production.

Specialized Equipment for VFX Production
04:45

This lesson explores the recent foray in the visual effects industry into virtual production since the advent of James Cameron's Avatar. Explore what virtual production is, when to use it, how it works as well as recent developments in virtual production today on film productions all over the globe.

Working with Virtual Production
03:20
VFX Supervision and Production
3 questions
Sneak attack assignment BEFORE you head on over to prep your toolkit! Using either your own short film production or a visual effects shot you are working on, create a VFX supervisor's to-do list for the visual effects production and share your unique to-do list with the class.
Create Your own VFX Supervisor's To-Do List
3 questions
+ VFX Supervision On-Set Practices
3 lectures 02:13

This lesson guides you through the preparation of your very own visual effects supervisor toolkit. Additional resources as well as places to get certain tools or materials are also covered in this lesson as the lesson walks you through what is in the instructor's own supervisor toolkit and how to create your own.

Prepare Your VFX Supervisor Toolkit
00:37
Using either your own short film production or a visual effects shot you are working on, prepare your very own VFX supervisor toolkit to bring on-set for the visual effects production and share snapshots of what's inside your toolkit with the class.
Prepare Your VFX Supervisor Toolkit
3 questions

This lesson guides you through the preparation of your very own Green screen with tracking markers for tracking shots. Additional resources as well as places to get certain tools or materials are also covered in this lesson as the lesson walks you through how to create your tracking markers, where to place them on the Green screen as well as how to ensure your Green screen has the right amount of tracking markers.

Prepare your Green Screen with Tracking Markers
00:36
Using either your own short film production or a visual effects shot you are working on, prepare your very own tracking markers for a Green screen shoot and share snapshots of your Green screen preparation with the class.
Prepare your Green Screen with Tracking Markers
3 questions

This lesson guides you through the process of capturing on-set data for use in visual effects post-production. Additional resources as well as places to get certain tools or materials are also covered in this lesson as the lesson walks you through when and how to capture on-set data as well as what the captured represents both on-set and in visual effects post-production.

Capture On-Set Data
01:00
Using either your own short film production or a visual effects shot you are working on, capture the necessary on-set data for use in post-production. This data includes lighting, HDR and colour information as well as a Macbeth chart. Share samples of your captured on-set data with the class.
Capture On-Set Data
3 questions
+ VFX Supervision and Post-Production
9 lectures 45:15

This lesson explores the niche of stereoscopic production and post-production in the visual effects industry and what a visual effects supervisor should know about this type of production and process. Learn more about what stereoscopic production is, how this changes a visual effects production on-set as well as what additional steps or information is required from production for stereoscopic post-production.

Preview 05:53

This lesson explores the niche of virtual reality or dome production and post-production in the visual effects industry and what a visual effects supervisor should know about this type of production and process. Learn more about what virtual reality or dome production is, how this changes a visual effects production on-set as well as what additional steps or information is required from production for VR or dome post-production.

Virtual Reality or Dome Production and Post-Production
06:51

This lesson helps a VFX supervisor understand what a film editor's editing process and workflow is in relation to the visual effects pipeline. Learn more about how and where VFX artists' work come into the workflow, the input and output coming from the editor for VFX post-production as well as an editor's typical expectations of visual effects work during post-production.

Understanding the Editor's Workflow
04:42

This lesson explores how to work with production data captured on-set and integrate it into the relevant stages during visual effects post-production. As a visual effects supervisor, this lesson also covers the extent of your involvement during visual effects post-production as well as how to guide the relevant VFX post-production teams with using this captured data.

Working with Production Data
05:56

This lesson explores the concept of color LUTs in film and how it affects the visual effects post-production process from a visual effects supervisor's perspective. Learn more about how color LUTs work, when they are applied during visual effects post-production as well as how this affects any compositing, lighting and rendering work done in visual effects post-production.

Color LUTs
04:05

This lesson explores the working relationship between the post-production visual effects supervisors and visual effects supervisor as well as best practices to a successful collaboration. Learn more about how this dynamic works as well as what are the expectations on both ends of this relationship when it comes to a visual effects production.

Working with Post-Production VFX Supervisors
01:41

This lesson explores the unspoken in-between phase of the edited cut of film production and final visual effects post-production work in the form of draft visual effects with postviz. Learn more about the postviz process, how it is intended to look and help visual effects post-production as well as the expectations of your role as a visual effects supervisor during this phase.

Draft VFX with Postviz
05:06

This lesson explores the visual effects finaling phase in visual effects post-production - otherwise more commonly known as the final VFX work seen in any film or movie on the big screen. Learn more about the processes and workflow involved during the finaling phase of VFX, who the key players are during this phase as well as the expectations of your role as a visual effects supervisor of the film during this phase.

VFX Finaling & Post-Production
04:43

This lesson covers the routine of dailies and editorial review during visual effects post-production at any typical visual effects studio, including how the review process works and the flow of communication between post-production supervisors and artists. Learn more about dailies and reviews through examples as well as how and when the visual effects supervisor of the film step in during this feedback loop.

Dailies & Editorial Review
06:18
VFX Supervision and Post-Production
3 questions
Using the captured on-set data from the assignment "Capture On-Set Data," integrate and apply your captured data in your visual effects post-production work and share snapshots of your VFX post-production work-in-progress with the class.
Use your Captured On-Set Data in a VFX Shot
3 questions
+ VFX Production Summary
5 lectures 18:12

A collection of quotes, tips and tricks from real-life and active VFX supervisors in the industry on the things that a VFX supervisor wished you knew when working with them on set or when starting out as a fledgling VFX supervisor on any visual effects production.

Things a VFX Supervisor Wished You Knew
03:37

A summary of all the points, tips and tricks of supervising we have covered so far, including a take-away sheet that summarizes the lessons and best practices learned about supervising on a visual effects production.

VFX Production Best Practices
01:28

A summary of the dynamic working relationship between the VFX supervisor and VFX producer on and off set, throughout the entire visual effects production, including how the two rely on one another in order to ensure the success of any visual effects production.

DISCLAIMER: the thoughts and opinions of all speakers in this course are not representative of any organization, company or business and are to be taken as personal opinion and insights shared only.

The VFX Supervisor & VFX Producer
06:17

Ending on a conclusive note, we will touch on some discussion points of supervising and the effective ways to supervise on and off set, with or without a team, including how and when to supervise and how to navigate the on-set production culture.

The Thing about Supervising
06:04

Well done! Supervising can be both challenging and rewarding at the same time. For more in this series, stay tuned for future courses where we cover other kinds of niches, best practices and cheats in the visual effects world.

Stay Tuned for More!
00:46
VFX Production Summary
3 questions
+ BONUS
1 lecture 02:20

BONUS: For staying all the way to the end of this course, this lecture is for you. More details inside.

Bonus Lecture
02:20