Now mentored by the award winning global studio ILM
About this course
There’s a strong focus on creating a heavyweight technical showreel, so you’ll have everything you need to impress studios and compete for coveted, entry-level compositing jobs, such as a rotoscoping and prep artist.
This course is perfect if you want to take your skills to a more technical level, whether you’re an aspiring compositing professional, a professional filmmaker looking to enhance your projects, or a student or graduate preparing for the job market. It will also suit 3D visual effects (VFX) artists wanting to boost their skills or move into 2D, plus students from a creative or technical background, keen to change career and get into VFX.
What to expect
If you're joining us on the 25th May, you'll benefit from:
- Two feedback sessions from the award winning studio ILM.
- This is your chance to get feedback on your showreel from the globabl studio behind Star Wars: Rogue One, The Revenant, Pacific Rim and Avatar.
You'll graduate with an Escape Studios Certificate of Achievement, a well-respected qualification within the industry, demonstrating you've studied an industry-based course and have the practical, hands-on skills studios are looking for.
Our tutors are top industry professionals and you’ll also be mentored by our industry partners who include Moving Picture Company (MPC), The Mill, Framestore, BlueBolt, Electric Theatre Collective (ETC), Jellyfish and Glassworks. They’ll help mentor you- giving you direct feedback on your assignments and advice on creating a great shot for your showreel.
They’ll also give you tours around their facilities, so you can see a working VFX studio in action and talk to professionals about their roles and what it’s like working in the industry. Our industry partners are among the people you want to work for in the future, so who better to give you this valuable know-how? Our graduates tell us it’s our impressive industry connections that help bridge the gap between study and that all-important first job.
Why Escape Studios?
Escape Studios have been part of Pearson College London since 2013. Though we sprang into life in 2002, to solve the industry’s lack of educated, studio-ready VFX talent. Since then, over 4,000 people have graduated from Escape, going on to forge successful careers spanning across the whole VFX spectrum.
You’ll find Escapee Alumni behind many Oscar and Bafta nominated films, 100s of award-winning films and television shows and 1,000s of award-winning commercials. Our secret? Our intensive and fiercely vocational approach and a professional studio experience that trains VFX professionals to the latest industry standards.
Week 1 – The Interface: Premultiplied Images
• Production pipeline and light
• Digital images, formats and resolution
• Film properties and behaviour: log vs. linear
• Premultiplication Maths
• Introduction to Nuke
Week 2 – Transformations and Rotoscoping
• Transformations and introduction to tracking
• Multiple point tracking
• Planar tracking and refining track data
• Introduction to rotoscoping
• Rotoscoping human movement
Week 3 – Rig Removal Composites
• Rotoscoping in Silhouette (SFX)
• Tracking in SFX
• Painting in Nuke
• Generating clean plates
Week 4 – Advanced Paint/Prep Work
• SFX prep techniques
• Warping and morphing
• Advanced prep work
• Matching film grain
• Marker removal
Week 5 – Keying
• Introduction to keying methods
• Keylight node and the despill process
• Primatte and IBK keyers
• Compositing outside the keyer
• Pre and post – processing: refining the key
Week 6 – Colour Correction and Grading
• Exposure, gamma and curves
• Density and colour matching
• Colour management
Week 7 – Filters, Motion Vectors and Time Based Effects
• Convolutions filters
• FG and BG edge integration
Week 8 – Projections
• Introduction to the 3D interface
• Projection types and 3D
• Camera projections
Week 9 – Projection Workflows and Camera Tracking
• Lens distortion
• Nuke camera tracking
• Projection rig removal methods
• Utilising camera data
Week 10 – Compositing CG
• Multi channel workflow
• Introduction to render passes
• 2D and 3D motion blur
• CG production pipelines – Framestore, MPC, The Mill
Week 11 – CG and 2D Element Integration
• Edge pre and post treatment
• Integrating CG and live action
• Redefining you composites
Week 12 – Project Week
• Finalising your shots
• Developing your demo reel
• End of course presentation
Week 13 – Advanced 2D and 3D Toolsets
• Advanced keying and edge treatments
• Lens distortion
• Plugins and pipeline
• Using alembic files
Week 14 – Advanced CG Integration
• Lens simulation effects for CG
• Nuke expressions and gizmos
• Effects elements compositing
Week 15 – Enhancing 2D Composites Using 3D Techniques
• Using advanced CG auxiliary passes
• Using relighting in compositing
• Advanced UV projections
Week 16 – Stereoscopic Compositing
• Stereoscopic compositing using ocula CGI and live action stereoscopic plates
• New Nuke features
Week 17 – Advanced 3D Environments in Nuke
• ModeiBuilder and UV map workflow
• 3D nodes to customise creating environments
• Spherical and cubic environments
Week 18 – Project Week
• VFX shots from post production companies
• End of course presentation
The course also includes:
● A free online primer course before you start studying, so your foundation skills are up to speed.
● Access to our unique Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) – where you’ll find additional resources to supplement your training throughout the course, and for 12 months afterwards free of charge.
● Escapee Alumni after-care and career support including help and advice with your CV, showreel and job applications.
● Free Autodesk Software when you register with the Autodesk Education Community (full details will be available in your welcome pack if you choose to study on this course).
● Access to software including Maya, Photoshop, Mudbox, 3D Equalizer, Nuke and Silhouette.
Our industry partners influence everything we do. We work alongside an impressive list of VFX studios including The Mill, Framestore, BlueBolt, MPC, Glassworks and many more, to keep our courses as current as possible and to help you get the most from them. For example, you’ll have the opportunity to attend industry talks, as well as events aimed at helping you network with studios, talk to VFX recruiters and showcase your showreel.
Fees and funding
Early bird discount: Save £1,000, when you pay in full 3 months before the course starts.
Funding for UK students
You may be able to get funding to help cover the cost of the course. For independent advice, and to find out more about your options, visit gov.uk or call the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.
If you’re a UK resident, you can apply for a Professional Career Development Loan (PCDL). PCDLs are bank loans to pay for courses and training that help with your career. You may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000. Loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the government pays the interest while you’re studying. It’s best to apply at least three months before starting your course, to give your bank time to process your application.
To be eligible for a PCDL, you must be 18 or over, have been living in the UK for at least three years before your course starts and planning to work in the UK, European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) after you graduate.
To apply, find out which banks offer the loan and order an application pack by calling the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900. Complete and return the application form to your bank and they’ll decide if you qualify for a loan.
Funding for international students
We recommend you visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs website. The Council doesn’t provide funding directly, but it will give you all the information you need about studying and living in the UK, including visas and funding.
We do our best to find funding solutions for overseas students. For example:
● If you’re from Sweden, you may be able to get help from the Swedish loan and grant course. Find out more at csn.se
● Spanish students should visit the spanish government website for useful information on studying, employment and emigration, plus details of grants available to Spanish students.
● If you’re from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh or Burma, you may be able to get funding from the Charles Wallace Trust, to help towards your living costs and educational development in the UK. Find out more at wallace-trusts.org.uk
How to apply
You must be over 18 and have a good understanding of written and spoken English, and feel comfortable using a computer. A working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop would be an advantage.
We welcome and encourage applications from students with a variety of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.
- Contact an applicant advisor - call or email our applicant advisors on 020 7348 1920 and they will discuss what your next steps will be based on your experience and understanding of the course.
- Meet and Greet - if you're exploring your options we advise you visit an open evening, a taster day or book a 1-2-1 meeting with an applicant advisor
- Online application form - once you've explored all your options and you’re ready to join a course, fill in the online application form and an applicant advisor will be in touch.
- Your offer - once the applicant advisor has checked you’re eligible for the course, we will send you confirmation of your offer and will discuss which payment method you prefer
- Deposit - payment plan
- Full payment via bank transfer
- PCDL or private loans
- (PT through the shop)
- Accept the offer - the final step is to accept the offer by signing our terms and conditions. Your place on the course will then be secured.
If you would like to talk to us about anything to do with applying for a place please call our Admissions Team on 020 7348 1920 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.