VFX and Virtual Reality Theory Basics

Beginner's guide to the terms, types and different use cases of virtual reality (VR) in the visual effects industry.
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1hr 33min of on-demand video
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Understand the current VR terms and vocabulary used in the visual effects industry
Know the different types of software used in the industry for different types of VR
Learn from the different real-life use cases of VR in the visual effects industry


  • Passion or Interest in VR or the VFX industry
  • Basic Understanding of Film Production and the Production Process


If you have always wanted to jump on the virtual reality (VR) bandwagon but have no idea how to - you've just found your solution right here. This theory course will help you get a good grasp of how VR ties into the visual effects (VFX) industry - keeping you updated on the terms, trends and uses of VR in the Hollywood film industry.

Expand your VFX Knowledge to Include the Booming VR Industry.

Understand every aspect of how VR and VFX work together and what this means for the future of the film, VFX and technology industries.

Why This Course?

  • Taught by a real professional in the visual effects and film industry who worked on actual Hollywood blockbusters as well as startups in VR and Silicon Valley

  • Covers terms and vocabulary used by visual effects industry veterans as well as applicable tools and types of projects

  • In-depth exploration into different real-life examples of VR and VFX collaborations

  • Networking and open collaboration opportunities with instructor and students

Get Ahead and Stay Ahead by Speaking the Language of VR with the VFX Crowd.

You will Learn How:

  • To use and understand VR terms and vocabulary specific to the VFX industry

  • To compare between different software, hardware and tools for VR and VFX

  • To differentiate what makes a successful VR and VFX collaboration as well as the type of projects available in the industry

The best part of it all - this course is utterly and ridiculously FREE.

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone interested in staying up to date with the latest visual effects industry trends
  • Film students and graduates interested in understanding more about VR and visual effects
  • Students of filmmakers interested in cinematic and live-action VR
  • Students of my other VFX courses who want to enhance their understanding of visual effects
  • NOT for anyone looking for a hands-on practical course on VR and VFX (this is a beginner's theory-driven course only)


Multi-Hyphenate Artist, VFX Pro, TEDx Speaker, Author
Vicki Lau
  • 4.5 Instructor Rating
  • 2,871 Reviews
  • 65,159 Students
  • 11 Courses

Vicki started as a humble student of digital media back in the small city of Singapore with a background in visual effects in film and television and computer programming. Without any contacts or connections in the United States, she began her career at the age of 18 from Singapore, working her way up into the Hollywood film industry and landing her first break working on AMC's hit series, The Walking Dead (Season 4), as well as other movies such as Guardians of the GalaxyWar for the Planet of the Apes and the recent Aquaman.

Already recognized by her country and by major organizations as an expert in her field, Vicki has made great strides for someone her age, being in consistently high demand for jobs - averaging about 4 job offers and requests for interviews per freelance month(s) of availability, whilst her peers are still struggling to find their first entry-level position in the field. At only 24 years of age, she was one of the youngest speakers and presenters at the SMPTE Annual Technical Conference in its time, where she was a panelist and speaker for virtual reality in motion pictures.

She gave a TEDx talk on visual effects and virtual reality in May 2016 at Napa Valley, CA and in November 2018, was invited to speak as a keynote speaker at Elliott Masie's Learning 2018 conference, along with keynote speakers Former First Lady Laura Bush and Hamilton star Leslie Odom, Jr.

Why Learn from Vicki?

What makes Vicki different from other VFX instructors is that she actually worked IN Hollywood, California itself, brushing elbows with many names and even being invited to the Emmy Awards in 2014. Vicki shares with her students REAL insights that people in the Hollywood industry uses.

Learn from someone who actually worked IN Hollywood, CA at the MAJOR studios and blockbuster hits, and not some project outsourced to a small country or city at an unknown studio or from someone who claims to know "the secrets," by mimicking other successful instructors' language and content.

Trust, but verify. You can check out Vicki's IMDb page as proof. 

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