About the course
IF YOU KNOW WHAT THE SHOT IS MADE OF,
YOU'LL KNOW WHAT TO MAKE OF THE SHOT.
- Shoot your own VFX shots
- Learn the camera techniques
- Practical case study
- Workflow round-trip, from previz to post
This course is a unique opportunity to get hands on and practical training using a mixture of on-set equipment and post production software to truly understand the bridge between production and post production.
Whilst on-set you’ll operate camera and lighting equipment, work with actors, direct your own sequence and then take it in to post production and finish the shot in Nuke. On-set you will take on different crew roles so that you begin to understand and appreciate the challenges of other departments involved in the production process and specifically see how that can impact on the life of a VFX artist in post.
Access to a professional BlackMagic 4K production camera, lighting and grip equipment is all included in the price of this course, as is access to our state of the art post-production suites. We believe this course to be unique and an absolute essential for the modern film maker and VFX artist alike.
By the end of the course you’ll have a deeper understanding of how the shots you work on as a VFX Artist are produced. You’ll also have a wider understanding of practical filmmaking and how it impacts on VFX.
Cinematography and VFX are inextricably linked; despite the technical advances in the filmmaking process, there is still a huge knowledge gap between the work of production and post-production teams.
Who's the course for?
It’s perfect for current and aspiring VFX artists; whether you're working in the industry already and want help advancing, or want help creating your own shots, this short course will give you the skills to confidently achieve the images you want.
What equipment will I be using?
This is just some of the equipment that you’ll be using on this course.
- BlackMagic Production Camera 4K EF
- IDK TERADEK - BOLT 300 - RX/TX
- Samyang 8mm T3.8 Fisheye IF MC VDSLR CS II lens
- Samyang 14mm T3.1 ED AS IF UMC lens
- Samyang 24mm T1.5 ED AS IF UMC lens
- Samyang 35mm T1.5 AS IF UMC lens
- Samyang 50mm T1.5 AS UMC lens
- Samyang 85mm T1.5 AS IF UMC lens
- Samyang 100mm T3.1 VDSLR ED UMC MACRO lens
- Samyang 135mm T2.2 ED UMC lens
- Canon Extender EF 2x III adapter
- Lastolite Foldable Panoramic - 4x2.30m green screen
- Fotoflex Popup - 190x150 green screen
- Aladdin Bi-Flex - 1 x 4 ' + Stands
- Falcon Eyes LSB-2
Why Cinematography for VFX?
The course offers an insight into the reasons why, sometimes, the decision is made to fix something in post-production, rather than simply re-shoot. You’ll also learn why shooting correctly for VFX can lead to better results and save money!
Discover some of the common mistakes made when shooting for VFX and learn tips and advice on how to set up correctly for a VFX shoot. We cover a variety of different techniques on this course which are commonly used on set for shots which require VFX work in post production.
Meet Clement, your tutor
Clement Gharini is an award winning filmmaker with 16 years of experience working in the film industry and a double technical background in cinematography and visual effects.
Studying at Escape Studios gives you access to a network with a huge pool of VFX talent at various levels in their career. Why not take this opportunity to further discuss your ideas and perhaps set up collaborations for future projects
Our industry partners influence everything we do. On our Cinematography for VFX course, 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 industry partner studios, talk to VFX recruiters and showcase your showreel.
Fees and funding
You may be able to get funding to help cover the cost of this Cinematography for VFX course. For independent advice, and to find out more about your fees and funding options, visit direct.gov.uk/adult learning or call the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.
If you’re a UK student, 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 at ukcisa.org.uk. 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 fees and 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 government website empleo.gob.es 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
We encourage applications from students with a variety of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives, and we particularly welcome working students. Our Admissions Team are always on hand to help you with your application and information on how to apply.
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Fill in the online application form and an applicant advisor will be in touch.
You must be over 18 and have a good understanding of written and spoken English, ideally to International English Language Testing System (IELTS) level 6.0, and feel comfortable using a computer.
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