If you want to learn how to use After Effects to create realistic visual effects (VFX) shots and not just motion graphics, then you're looking at the right course. This course will reveal the tips, tricks and applications of compositing in post-production visual effects - one of the final steps to finishing and executing any visual effects shot.
Learn How to do Compositing from an Industry-Trained Professional.
Using 3 real live-action films as test shots for this course, learn by actually working on shots while following the course as a step-by-step guide to proper and professional compositing.
Why This Course?
Create Your very own Cinema Quality Visual Effects Shots.
You will Learn How:
Complete with additional documents, students who complete the course will also be awarded with a bonus section - kind of like that satisfaction you feel when you finally finish that visual effects shot.
The best part about this course is that it's going to cover all that you need to know about compositing in only the time that is necessary to get the lessons across - unlike those 15-hour courses where most lessons simply just go on forever, or exist for no reason.
If you participate in this course, you will walk away learning and applying what I learned myself, whilst working on the visual effects of major Hollywood film and television, AND saving yourself a bunch of hours with lesson content that only exists when it is necessary.
NOTE: This course covers some content from the first published course in the series: "VFX Rotoscoping 101 with After Effects and Mocha"
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.
Have you ever tried combining two totally different images together but the result still looks computer-generated (or fake)? If you are completely new to the whole world and idea of visual effects, this lesson explores what compositing is, how it is used in visual effects in film and television, and the purpose of this course.
A continuation from the previous lesson, this lesson covers how compositing is used in the film industry, what it is used for, when it would be used and the future of compositing - including current developments of this area.
After Effects is only one of the many software available for accomplishing this task of compositing. There are many other options out there which will be explored in this class. In this course, we will focus on one of the most easiest to use - After Effects - for our compositing needs.
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 task of compositing. If you are a seasoned After Effects user, feel free to skip this class.
This lesson will explore the basics of compositing including identifying the horizon line, compositing using layers and understanding how blur, depth and color affect the layer and entire image. Tips and tricks are revealed on how to apply effects and adjustments without affecting the entire image and how to apply proper depth to make your layers stand out in a composite.
This lesson will explore the many ways to work with green screen footage and other methods of keying, including a brief insight into the history of green screen. Tips and tricks are revealed on how to key effectively and which method to use where appropriate.
This lesson will explore how to refine and finesse your keyed mattes and work with its edges, including different methods to get different results of a refined edge and matte. Tips and tricks are revealed on how and when to use specific techniques and refining mattes with a bit of rotoscoping help.
This lesson will explore different effects applied to blend your layers with the background image of your shot, including refreshers on color theory concepts. Tips and tricks are revealed on which effect to use and how to combine different effects to reach a final composited result.
This lesson will explore the different types of set extension in composites and how to use your recent learning in compositing basics and color correction to create set extensions. Tips and tricks are revealed on matching and aligning 2D images for the purposes of set extension as well as how to work with scale in set extension.
This lesson will explore the different ways to create artificial shadows in compositing including applying what you had learned in the earlier lessons on basic compositing and color correction. Tips and tricks are revealed on tricky situations with shadows and how to avoid artificial shadows where necessary.
This lesson will explore the importance of grain and how to match grains from two different layers to blend the image altogether in the final composite. Tips and tricks are revealed on how to manually remove existing grain and then applying grain manually for more customization.
This lesson will explore bit depth theory and how to work with color spaces based on your film and shot, including understanding how to find out about such information on the shot that you are currently working on and how the numbers make a difference.
This lesson will explore render formats used in the film and visual effects industry, as well as render formats that you can or should use in your own shots. Tips and tricks are revealed on how to speed up your renders and optimize your composites.
If you were a student of my ROTO 101 course, this lesson uses the shot from that course to explore 2D stabilization and tracking techniques when combining footage with existing camera motion. Tips and tricks are revealed on how to work with multiple layers in stabilizing and tracking footage.
If you were a student of my ROTO 101 course, then this would be a treat for you. In this lesson, you will learn how I composited and completed our Kevin Spacey shot from that course, from the completed roto to the finished composite.
Now that you've followed along, it is time to put your skills to the test with this new shot to try. Once again, post in the Q&A board if you have any questions or go back to previous lessons in order to figure out how to solve the shot.
A summary of all the points, tips and tricks of compositing we have covered so far, including a take-away sheet that summarizes the lessons and best practices learned about compositing in post-production.
Ending on a conclusive note, we will touch on some discussion points of compositing and the effective ways to use or apply compositing in your own personal projects, including how and when to use compositing in smart ways.
Well done! Compositing can be tricky work. For more in this series, stay tuned for future courses where we cover compositing using other software, other best practices and cheats in the visual effects world.
BONUS: For staying in the course, you get the opportunity for continuous networking with the instructor, students, and also to form potential film production collaborations wherever you may be at, all around the globe.
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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 Galaxy, Alice 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.