An introduction to Compositing and Finishing in VFX

What you need to know about your dream career in Visual Effects

Compositing and Finishing (sometimes called 2D or 2D VFX) is a crucial part of any VFX project and is used across films, TV and commercials. It is the final step of the visual effects pipeline which consists in putting all the CGI elements together in order to present a complete and finished product. Also, with TV productions being at an all-time high with the rise of online streaming platforms, demand is ever-growing, and this really is the place to be. 

If you’ve recently joined the world of VFX or just want to learn more about the VFX discipline that matches your talents, read on to find out more information about the importance of the compositing and finishing departments in visual effects and how it may be the right career choice for you. Explore further to find career information in the form of webinars and articlesindustry advice from creative professionals and our experienced tutors, and how Escape Studios can help you take your first step into your dream career

Events and webinars - your Autumn programme

Tune into our interesting webinars and online events to find out more about the world of compositing and shot finalising. 

What is Compositing?

What is 2D? What do compositors do? Compositing has been around for over a hundred years and predates computers in filmmaking. In this webinar, our Senior VFX tutor, Allar Kaasik, will introduce the wonderful world of compositing and you will learn the basic principles behind compositing and how the modern VFX industry cannot exist without 2D departments.

Tuesday 20th October - 05:00PM

Compositing in TV

Our compositing tutors, Sokratis Synitos and Klaudija Cermak, tell us about their experiences of creating high-end Visual Effects for TV. VFX is no longer the playground of just Hollywood films, as streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime require quality VFX done at scale. Hear from our industry veteran tutors on how the work on TV differs from film and what makes it exciting!

Tuesday 27th October - 05:00PM

2D relighting hacks

In this specialist webinar our Senior VFX Tutor, Allar Kaasik, will demonstrate how to add extra realism to compositing shots by improving lighting in 2D. You will learn the principles of how lighting and shading are calculated in 3D and how we could use some of those techniques when working with only 2D footage.


Tuesday 10th November - 05:00PM

Key skills for succeeding as a Compositing Artist

Our Compositing tutor, Klaudija Cermak, will speak about the core skills that every compositor needs to have to enter the industry and to progress when already there. These include specialist skills of the digital artist, but also the interpersonal skills that help you work with others, and tips on how to market oneself.

Tuesday 17th November - 05:00PM

2D vs 3D VFX - What is the difference and how they work together?

Read on to find information on the differences between 2D (Comp or Finishing) for visual effects or 3D for visual effects and which one is for you!


Take a read through these articles and blogs to be up to date on the world of Visual Effects.

Tips for a new VFX future

Read Escape Studio's feature article on Before and Afters blog for tips on jumping in the industry post Covid by Klaudija Cermak, VFX Compositing tutor and Compositor who has worked on Black Mirror, Britannia, Captain America, and Jason Bourne.

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Alumni Success Stories

Find out what our Escapees have been up to since studying at Escape Studios.

Mary Lapena

Compositor at Mr.X

Mary Lapena has worked as a Compositor for MPC, Luma Pictures, Mr. X, Zoic Studios and The Senate VFX.


Guilio Spatola

Compositor at Jellyfish Pictures

Guilio Spatola has worked as a Studio Assistant at Escape Studios, taking up freelancing gigs during that time, and has now gone on to work at Jellyfish Pictures.

William Jones

Compositor at Milk VFX

William Jones has worked as a compositor for Peerless VFX, Lipsync and Milk VFX.


Kajsa Christiansson

Prep and Roto Artist at One Of Us

Kasja Christiansson has worked as a compositor, roto and prep artist for MPC, DNeg, Cinesite and One Of Us.

2D VFX Student Showcase

Feast your eyes on these incredible showreels from our students.

Escape Studios VFX Showreel

Escape Studios VFX Breakdown Reel

Career Resources

Download our course Prospectus and helpful guides or take our Careers Quiz - we’ve got plenty of online content that will help you learn about the VFX, animation, games and motion graphics industries and how to start your creative career. 

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