About the course
Do you want to gain real-world visual effects (VFX) production skills, including industry-recognised Nuke training, and become the kind of highly skilled, creative professional it takes to be a compositor? If so, this Compositing for Visual Effects (12 weeks) course is perfect for you, whether you’re an aspiring VFX artist, a filmmaker wanting to enhance your work or a student or graduate preparing for the job market.
This course will give you hands-on training, and better yet it is mentored by award winning international VFX company Rushes, meaning you'll learn what the Industry is looking for right from the start!
If you're joining the course and starting on 27th February 2017, you'll benefit from:
- a visit to Rushes studio based in London's creative hub Soho.
- a final review session with Rushes on your project.
Rushes is an award winning international VFX Company based in the heart of Soho, London. They have an outstanding reputation built over 39 years of experience producing outstanding work across commercials,music videos, longform and features. Their exceptional team provides a full range of high end creative services including VFX, Colour Grading, CG, MGFX and all aspects of finishing through to final delivery.
As part of the Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, Rushes is well connected with sister companies across the globe, including Company 3, Method Studios and Beast, who they work with to produce outstanding internationalcampaigns.
Upon completion of the Compositing for Visual Effects (12 weeks) course, 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.
During your time at Escape Studios West, we will also help you to create a showreel that you can use as a portfolio of work to show employers. In the first six weeks of the Compositing for Visual Effects (12 weeks) course, you’ll study rotoscoping, rig removal, paint prep techniques, colour balance, mastering 2D and planar tracking, as well as how to create detailed keys of a shot. In the last six weeks, you’ll work with Nuke’s 3D projection system, camera tracking and how to integrate CG render passes into live action backgrounds.To finish the course, you’ll be set a practical assignment designed to showcase your new studio-ready skills.
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?
What is Compositing?
Where can this course take me?
The 2D/Compositing artists are in the last department a shot must go through in the VFX pipeline before being finalised by the VFX Supervisor and Director. Since all the elements necessary for the shot culminate here, it is the artist’s responsibility to make the shot look totally believable! You’ll need an artist’s keen trained eye for photo realistic details so that you always create exceptional imagery. The excitement and gratification of producing the end result is an exhilarating position and creative career to grow into.
Compositors often start out as rotoscope artists or in junior roles, but can rise to become mid-level, then senior compositors and compositing supervisors. From here the path is open to becoming a VFX supervisor.
Escape Success Story
Taran Spear, Nuke Artist, Electric Theatre Collective
"I am required to not only work on shots requiring visual effects but also to take charge of an edit and oversee the project from start to finish. By this I mean managing a live edit for a commercial or music video and taking charge of distributing the shots to other artists for relevant work to be done. I would then collect all completed shots and insert them back into the edit thereby building up the commercial towards a finished piece. I deal directly with clients regularly, discussing and dealing with their requirements. I am learning more software in order to fulfil the needs of a lead compositor in the current industry. Software such as Nuke, Flame, Nuke Studio and FTrack."
Which Escape Studios tutors have worked in 2D?
Davi has an impressive range of compositing experience and works with us as a compositing tutor. Davi was Senior Compositor on ‘The Dark Knight’, ‘Where The Wild Things Are’, ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’ and ‘Australia’. She also composited the Davy Jones character for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest’ and the Hall of Prophecies sequence for ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’. Last but not least, Davi was also part of the incredible teams that worked on ‘The Matrix Reloaded’ and ‘The Matrix Revolutions’.
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 – Nuke 3D Projections
• Introduction to the 3D interface
• Projection types and 3D displacement
• 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 – Refining Element Integration
- Integrating CG and live action
- Edge pre and post treatment
- Refining your composites
Week 12 – Project Week
• Finalising your shots
• Developing your demo reel
• End of course presentation
Our industry partners influence everything we do. On the Compositing for Visual Effects 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 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 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. 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 email@example.com.
Online application form
Escape Studios West
- COURSE START DATES
27 February 2017
25 May 2017
18 August 2017
2 October 2017
13 November 2017
- TUITION FEES
£10,475 (£10,975 for courses booked after 1 April 2017)
- MODE OF STUDY
- PROGRAMME DURATION