Now mentored by award winning independent VFX studio Milk
About the course
If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a visual effects (VFX) artist, studying on our Compositing for VFX Part-Time Evening course is the perfect way to kick-start your career.
The building blocks of 2D techniques, learn the skills you need to start developing your talent, and become job ready.
The course follows the same principles as our Compositing for Visual Effects full-time course and you’ll learn the software and multitude of techniques involved in compositing. You’ll gain real-world VFX production skills, including industry-recognised Nuke training, so you’ll have everything you need to apply for entry-level compositing jobs, such as a rotoscoping and paint artist. Best of all, you’ll be able to balance your evening classes with your day job.
What to expect
If you're joining this course and starting on 14th March 2017, you'll benefit from:
- A visit to Milk where they will tell you about the mentoring scheme they’ll be providing for this course.
- A feedback session provided by a Senior Compositors from Milk to provide you the advice to create Industry standard showreels. (Please note the tour and feedback sessions are likely to take place during office hours).
Milk is an Academy, Emmy and BAFTA award-winning independent visual effects company. In just three and a half years, Milk has created an impressive range of innovative sequences for high-end television and feature films including: Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Ben Wheatley’s Ex-Machina and The Martian, as well as Sherlock (BBC/Hartswood) and Doctor Who (BBC), to name a few!
The 2016 awards season delivered Oscar, BAFTA and Emmy recognition for three-and- a-half year-old Milk. Milk co-founder and VFX Supervisor Sara Bennett won an Oscar for Ex-Machina at the 88th Academy Awards this year, becoming the second woman ever to win a VFX Oscar.
The Compositing for VFX Part-Time Evening course will also help you to create a showreel that you can use as a portfolio of work to show employers.
Where this course will take you
Compositors are the masters of make-believe, responsible for creating the illusion of reality. They compose the final image in a VFX or motion picture sequence, creating VFX that make the impossible, possible! Without them, we’d all be looking at the wires that support actors during action sequences, or shots lacking in atmosphere or composition.
As a compositor, you’re the person who makes sure the shot meets the artistic brief set by the director. You’ll look at the finer detail and check everything looks right in the scene, and if not, why not?
Why Escape Studios?
Escape Studios has been part of Pearson College London since 2013. 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.
Compositing for VFX Part-Time Evening Course
Week 1 – Introduction to Compositing
• The VFX pipeline
• The Nuke interface
• Project settings and formats
• Read and write nodes
Week 2 – Merging your elements
• Premultiplied images
• Image and channel blending
• Generating masks, alphas and mattes
Week 3 – 2D Tracking
• Understanding tracking and stabilising
• Curve editor
• Multi-point tracking
Week 4 – Advanced Tracking
• Planar tracking
Week 5 – Rotoscoping in Nuke
• Roto and tracking
• Rotoshape breakup
• Human motion vs objects
Week 6 – Mastering Rotoscoping
• Silhouette Rotoscoping (SFX)
• Tracking in SFX
• Working with motion blur
• Project: Roto a shot in SFX
Week 7 – Rig Removal Prep Work
• Painting in Nuke
• Marker Removal Procedures
• Generating clean plates
Week 8 – Mastering Prep Techniques
• Film grain management
• Warping and morphing
• Retiming techniques
Week 9 – Silhouette Painting
• SFX paint cleanup
• Wire removal painting
Week 10 – Keying Foundations
• Luma keying and the keyer node
• Primatte keying
• Compositing outside the keyer
Week 11 – Improving Edge Mattes
• Colour difference keying: keylight node
• Nuke’s IBK keyer
• Pre & post processing: refining the matte
Week 12 – FG and BG Edge Integration
• The despill process
• Keying motion blur
• Edge treatment and luminance
Week 13 – Understanding Colour Corrections
• Colour management and LUTs
• Float and linear light workflow
• Density and colour matching
• Mastering the colour correct node
Week 14 – Colour Matching FG and BG
• Primary grading: grade node
• Exposure, gamma and curves
• Depth queuing and atmospherics
Week 15 – Nuke’s 3D System
• Intro to the 3D interface
• Projection types and 3D displacement
• Projected mattes
Week 16 – Nuke Camera Tracking
• Lens distortion
• Solving the camera
• Utilising camera data
Week 17 – 3D Projection Workflows
• Projection cleanup workflows
• UV and camera projections
• Optimising 3D motion blur
Week 18 – Compositing CG
• Multi-channel workflow
• Rebuilding the beauty pass
• Utilities passes
Week 19 – Integrating CG with Live Action
• CG grading
• Applying convolve filters to CG
• Interactions and depth of field
Week 20 – Final Project Submission
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 Nuke and Silhouette.
Our industry partners influence everything we do. On the Compositing for VFX Part-Time Evening 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.
Fees and funding
Payment Plan Early Bird Offer
Save £500 when you pay in full at least 3 months before starting.
Pay £750 deposit to reserve your place and then 3 instalments of £1,000 on weeks 1, 6 & 12
Fees and funding for UK students
You may be able to get funding to help cover the cost of the Compositing for VFX Part-Time Evening course. For independent advice on fees and funding, and to find out more about your options, visit gov.uk/career-development-loans 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.
Fees and funding for international students
Before applying for the Compositing for VFX Part-Time Evening course, 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 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
Studying in London
As a student at Pearson College London, you are living, working and learning in one of the greatest cities in the world.
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.
How to apply
We welcome and encourage applications from students with a variety of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.
Stage 1 – Apply
Call our Admissions Team on 020 7348 1920 or email email@example.com and we’ll talk you through how to apply, the application process and confirm the next available Compositing for VFX Part-Time course. We’ll also send you an application pack including an application form which you just need to complete and return it to us by email or post.
Stage 2 – We’ll consider your application very carefully
Our Admissions Team are on hand to help you understand how to apply for the Compositing for VFX Part-Time course. Once received, we will take a look at your application and if you meet our entry requirements, we’ll invite you for a one-to-one meeting. We’ll do our best to get back to you with our decision within two working days.
Stage 3 – One-to-one meeting
You’ll meet with a member of our Admissions Team who’ll assess your potential to succeed on the course. It’s also a great chance to present your portfolio of work if you have one, and ask any questions you may have about the course, Escape Studios or the industry in general. We’re looking for passionate and committed students who have the desire and work ethic needed for a career in VFX. If you’re an overseas student, we can arrange this meeting by phone or Skype.
Stage 4 – Your offer
If we feel you have what it takes to succeed on the Compositing for VFX Part-Time course, we’ll make you a formal offer of a place on the next available course. We’ll send you a registration form by post or email, which needs to be completed and returned to the Admissions Team, and we’ll also ask you to pay a deposit.
Places on our courses are strictly limited, so we can only secure your place once you’ve returned your completed registration form and we’ve received your deposit.
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
Why not come and take a look?
We hold regular open days where you’ll be able to see our studios and find out more about us and the VFX industry. We’ll also show you examples of our students’ work and depending when you come, you may even hear from one of our industry partners.
Escape Studios West
- COURSE START DATES
14 March 2017
30 May 2017
- TUITION FEES
- MODE OF STUDY
Part time (Evenings: Tue and Thur 7-10pm)
- PROGRAMME DURATION
- ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Aged 18 or over, a good understanding of written and spoken English
Meet your tutor
Head of 2D