VFX Bootcamp Zombie Highway
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VFX Bootcamp Zombie Highway

Learn techniques that you can apply to your own footage! We dive into many effects to create a final scene!
3.5 (3 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.
64 students enrolled
Created by Bradley Collins
Last updated 7/2014
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  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of this course you will possess the knowledge to turn any regular footage into something straight from Hollywood!
  • Learn what it takes to create one shot of vfx
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  • After Effects
  • Photoshop or Gimp if you want to create your own matte painting- but I do provide you with the final matte painting :)
  • Blender 3d is needed if you wish to complete the bonus tutorial (Helicopter)

I will guide you through a small VFX pipeline to make an amazing movie clip-Once learned you will have the knowledge to take on your own footage and create some stunning visual FX. I will cover Matte painting work and how to use resources from our original footage, than we proceed in creating movement in the shot with various items like smoke- Then on to some 3d integration to make the shot really sing.

You will learn how to:

  1. Create a realistic matte painting(add items,delete items from our footage)
  2. Create your own smoke VFX
  3. Create lighting for your scene
  4. Take a 3d model and and use in footage with its own shadow VFX
  5. and many techniques to make a real Hollywood clip!

Bonus Tutorial: Learn to take any 3d object and place into any live footage! This technique is one of the best things I have ever learned! With this knowledge you can place robots,spaceships and any thing you can imagine inside live footqage- to me this bonus is worth the price in its self, why because it took me months to figure it out lol I know you will be truly happy with this bonus for sure-

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone interested in visual effects,beginner and beyond!
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Curriculum For This Course
17 Lectures
Zombie Highway
1 Lecture 12:25

In Section 1 we will set up our footage once you have downloaded the zip file- Then I will show you how to grab still images from the original footage to use later on for our matte painting.

Introduction and Setting up our footage-
Matte Painting in Photoshop
6 Lectures 01:21:46

welcome to Section 2- This section is all about the matte painting- In Section A we will clean up our still of unwanted cars so we have a clean plate to work with-

Section A: Loading our stills and cleaning up our plate-

In Section B I will show you how to use all stills to grab cars from them to add to our main plate, with attention to size and creating masks for our new images.

Section B: Adding in Cars and a crater to our clean plate-

Section C1: Adding damage and other items-

Section C2: Adding damage and cracked asphalt-

Section C3: Adding more damage and fire-

Section D: Final touches for matte painting
Bringing the Matte painting into After Effects
3 Lectures 40:11
Section 3A: After Effects

You will learn how to use a garbage mask to isolate car and then we will dive into roto-scoping for a better way of masking the car- In this section the more time you put into your masking the better- I just went through it for the technique but if you look closely there are several frames that should be re-worked- Spend the time for a final production!

Section 3B: Masking out the car with two methods-

Section 3C: Finish up our Roto work and on to some color correction-
Adding Smoke
1 Lecture 13:32

There are many ways to add smoke in AE with regular footage and plugins- but I will show you how to get a convincing smoke just by using AE-

Part 4: Adding Several Smoke effects using only AE
Adding the Helicopter
2 Lectures 45:03

Finally we bring the helicopter to finish out the scene- by using a pre-rendered helicopter its very easy to lay it into the video- If you wish to create your own helicopter render make sure to try the Bonus Tutorial- Blender Helicopter Animation

Preview 40:14

Using some blur key frames to add to the helicopter- Re arrange layers(smoke on top etc.

Another tip not added in the video: If you want to control the speed of the helicopter- select your helicopter layer then you can go to:

Layer>Time>Time Stretch and set to 150+

Pro Tips
Bonus Tutorial: Blender Helicopter Animation
4 Lectures 53:10

Goto: Blendswap.com to grab a 3D Model

Click here for model I used

Credit for model use:


Bringing in the Helicopter

Animating the Rotors

Animating the Helicopter Movement

Composting the Scene and Render
Tutorial Assets
0 Lectures 00:00
About the Instructor
Bradley Collins
3.5 Average rating
3 Reviews
64 Students
1 Course
Visual Effects Supervisor

I am currently the visual effects supervisor within Liquid Blur Studios- I am consistently working on all types of film from 3 min teasers to full blown productions and TV- I wish to share VFX ideas with anyone that wants to listen- I remember in the day there was no such thing as learning vfx - you basically had to know someone in the industry or figure it out yourself- So I am happy to have this opportunity to have some fun with people that either want to see how thing are done,hobbyists or professional students that want a new light on VFX-

I currently work any many programs and hope to push them to there limits- I also like to try and use free based programs when I can so that everyone can jump into the VFX world and not have to worry about software price! So let's get started and make some cool FX!