Creating a VFX Shot from Scratch with Maya and After Effects
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Creating a VFX Shot from Scratch with Maya and After Effects

The untold story of Vicki Lau and her journey in re-creating a startling incident from scratch, using visual effects.
4.8 (6 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
91 students enrolled
Created by Vicki Lau
Last updated 7/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Know what, when and how to create a visual effects shot from scratch using various software
  • Know how to use Autodesk Maya for 3D model creation
  • Know how to use Adobe Photoshop for the creation of textures
  • Know how to use Adobe After Effects for the compositing of a live-action shot
  • See through the entire process of finishing a visual effects shot
  • Compliment the visual effects skills picked up in the instructor's other VFX courses
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Requirements
  • Passion and Good Follow-Through
  • Basic Understanding of the Autodesk Maya interface
  • Basic Understanding of the Adobe After Effects interface
  • Basic Understanding of the Adobe Photoshop interface
Description

Learn how to create a visual effects shot from scratch by being a part of an unfolding, untold story.

The First "Filmtorial®" of Its Kind in MOOC Industry & Possibly, the World.

Using 3 different graphics software to solve footage shot from a mere mobile phone, learn by actually watching a short film story unfold whilst helping the story's main character create the final visual effects shot through the course's step-by-step guide to 3D modelling, texturing, animation, 2D tracking and compositing.

Why This Course?

  • Taught by a real professional in the visual effects and film industry who worked on actual Hollywood blockbusters
  • Actually be able to create your own visual effects shots from scratch, using your own mobile phone to capture usable footage
  • Learn only what is necessary to be able to see a shot from pre-production to final rendering of visual effects
  • Major and innovative leading course of a series of other more advanced visual effects tricks, tips and methods
  • Participate in a new e-learning movement and style of learning by watching and being a part of the short film as student characters


It's like 3 courses and a movie ticket, for the price of 1 course.

You will Learn How:

  • To use Autodesk Maya, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects effectively, based on the case shot provided
  • To plan to shoot your own custom visual effects shots
  • To solve problems with real world film shots and post-production scenarios


Whether you're a filmmaker, movie-goer or just an avid e-learner, be one of the first few students to experience a new style and movement of learning how to create your own visual effects shot from absolutely nothing.

Even if you don't want to become a visual effects artist, at least you will enjoy the film and experience.

© 2016 Vicki Lau

Who is the target audience?
  • Film students and graduates interested in visual effects post-production
  • Professionals from other industries looking to learn visual effects post-production
  • Aspiring or new filmmakers
  • Movie-goers or short film lovers
  • Students of the instructor's other VFX courses
  • General Udemy students looking to learn something new in an interesting way
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Curriculum For This Course
44 Lectures
04:10:49
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INTRODUCTION
1 Lecture 01:18

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 compositing learning journey.

Preview 01:18
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SCENE 1: The Incident
2 Lectures 01:32

Vicki spends her day at the beach, a monthly activity she does every month. This time however, things would turn out a little differently.

Preview 00:52

Something out of the ordinary is spotted at the beach by the shore. Is she the only one seeing this?

Act 2: The Creature
00:40
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Tutorial Section 1: Shooting the Video
2 Lectures 02:38

This lesson will explore how to understand your subject or character and the environment of your production, including things to look out in the environment for when creating a visual effects shot with limited resources.

Preview 01:23

This lesson will explore what to keep in mind when shooting live-action footage for post-production editing, focusing on current resources and the visual effects to be achieved in post-production. An emphasis on the story being told is also key.

Keep Post in Mind
01:15

Tutorial Section 1: Shooting the Video
3 questions
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SCENE 2: Welcome to the Studio
2 Lectures 02:20

After a dismissive phone call with her friend, Vicki decides to take it upon herself to prove what she had saw.

Act 1: The Project Begins
00:51

Vicki's first diary entry on the project, in her video blog.

Act 2: Project Diary Entry - Day #1
01:29
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Tutorial Section 2: 3D Modelling & Texturing
10 Lectures 01:46:38

For new Autodesk Maya users, this lesson goes through the basics of the default interface of the software as well as my own personal preferences and set-ups, in preparation for the 3D tasks ahead. If you are a seasoned Autodesk Maya user, feel free to skip this class.

Preview 09:10

This lesson will explore basic 3D modelling from scratch using polygons, including best practices and common 3D terminology.

Basic 3D Modelling
17:33

This lesson will explore basic concepts of curves and surfaces in 3D modelling, as well as the comparison of the use of surfaces, polygons and subdivisions, including best and common practices.

Using Curves & Surfaces
18:48

This lesson will explore the creation of modelling nuances and details of a character and the techniques and tricks to use to do so, including understanding the character's form and knowing what details to model or not.

Refining the Details
12:42

About to start texturing, Vicki receives a phone call.

SCENE 2B, Act 1: Mystery Call
00:31

This lesson will explore basic 3D materials and texturing in Autodesk Maya, including basic materials and understanding how to apply materials and textures to the character.

Basic Materials & Texturing
09:18

This lesson will explore the concept of UV mapping and projection techniques in Autodesk Maya, as well as how to customize the UV maps to fit parts of the character for more detailed texturing.

UV Texture Mapping & Photoshop
04:49

For new Photoshop users, this lesson goes through the basics of the default interface of the software as well as my own personal preferences and set-ups, in preparation for the design tasks ahead. If you are a seasoned Photoshop user, feel free to skip this class.

Photoshop Interface Walkthrough & Software
07:12

This lesson will explore how to use Photoshop to design your textures for your saved UV maps, including things to note when working with different types of UV projection maps.

Working with UV Maps in Photoshop
13:15

This lesson will explore how to add the final polish to your textures and materials on the character, including additional tips and tricks to add more realism to the character.

Finishing the Textures
13:20

Tutorial Section 2: 3D Modelling & Texturing
3 questions
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SCENE 3: Of Mystery, Calls & Figures
2 Lectures 01:14

A mysterious stranger knocks on the door of Vicki's home.

Act 1: Mystery Guest
00:37

Vicki's fifth diary entry on the project, in her video blog.

Act 2: Project Diary Entry - Day #5
00:37
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Tutorial Section 3: 3D Animating & Lighting
7 Lectures 01:05:37

This lesson will explore the basic concepts of 3D animation, including workflow, keyframing and setting the correct playback frames per second. Understanding the behavior of the character is also key.

Understanding 3D Animation
09:00

This lesson will explore basic 3D animation and rigging in Autodesk Maya, including the use of a simple skeletal rig and pivot points, and understanding how the character moves.

Simple 3D Animation
05:13

This lesson will explore the final setup for animation and using real-life references and footage for proper animation of the character, including step-by-step keyframing and animating to the end of the shot footage.

Animating with References
16:28

Vicki continues working on the project as days roll on by.

SCENE 3B, Act 1: Studio Montage
00:45

This lesson will explore setting up a basic 3-point lighting setup and understanding how to match the lighting on the character to the shot footage, including the comparison of all the different lights offered in Autodesk Maya.

3-Point Lighting Setup
06:35

This lesson will explore the different aspects of the Autodesk Maya render settings and how to adjust these settings to fit your rendering purposes.

Setting Up the Render
10:20

This lesson will explore setting up multi-pass rendering in Autodesk Maya and what each pass would be used for, including how to set up batch rendering for all these passes.

Multi-Pass Rendering
17:16

Tutorial Section 3: 3D Animating & Lighting
3 questions
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SCENE 4: It's Coming
2 Lectures 00:56

Vicki leaves her room to get some snacks from outside.

Act 1: Followed
00:47

She returns back to her room, with her webcam turned on, ready to get back in the project.

Act 2: Get Back to It
00:09
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Tutorial Section 4: Tracking & Compositing
9 Lectures 01:03:07

For new After Effects users, this lesson goes through the basics of the default interface of the software as well as my own personal preferences and set-ups, in preparation for the compositing tasks ahead. If you are a seasoned After Effects user, feel free to skip this class.

Preview 06:04

This lesson will explore how to create a 2D track based on the shot footage, including things to look out for when integrating the 3D rendered sequence's embedded track with the 2D track created in After Effects.

2D Tracking
08:26

Vicki waits for the track to finish calculating.

SCENE 4B, Act 1: Snacking
00:06

This lesson will explore basic compositing in After Effects using basic techniques to create simple effects, including tips and tricks to composite effectively.

Basic Compositing
16:30

This lesson will explore how to complete multi-pass compositing, as well as the matching of shadows and highlights in the 3D rendered sequence to the shot footage, among other tricks to blend the 3D and live-action together (Part 1).

3D & Live-Action Compositing (Part 1)
16:31

This lesson will explore how to complete multi-pass compositing, as well as the matching of shadows and highlights in the 3D rendered sequence to the shot footage, among other tricks to blend the 3D and live-action together (Part 2).

3D & Live-Action Compositing (Part 2)
08:03

This lesson will explore how to include basic sound effects into After Effects and how to place them in the right sections using After Effects' internal tools.

Compositing with Sound
03:00

After some more disturbing and mysterious occurrences, Vicki knows that she has to quicken up the pace and finish the project quicker.

SCENE 4B, Act 2: Up the Ante
00:16

This lesson will explore how to set up your render in After Effects to export your composition as a whole, to be played back on your computer.

Rendering & Exporting the Sequence
04:11

Tutorial Section 4: Tracking & Compositing
3 questions
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SCENE 5: The Record
3 Lectures 02:15

Vicki zips up her USB with the video clip in a packet mailer, ready to be mailed.

Act 1: Time to Send
00:45

One final phone call reaches her phone as she returns back to her room.

Act 2: The Call
00:21

Incident of Record end credits and bonus scene.

Act 3: Closing with Bonus Scene
01:09
1 More Section
About the Instructor
Vicki Lau
4.4 Average rating
373 Reviews
12,175 Students
5 Courses
VFX Professional, Emmys 2014 Attendee, TEDx & SMPTE Speaker

Vicki started as a humble student of digital media back in the small city of Singapore with a background in visual effects and programming in film and television. 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 GalaxyAlice Through the Looking Glass and the recent War for the Planet of the Apes.

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.

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.