Compositing for Visual Effects (12 weeks)
Compositors are in high demand and this 12 week course could be your opportunity to jump into the industry.
We’ve been teaching compositing at Escape Studios since 2002 and we’ve helped thousands of students break into the industry. This 12 week course gives you a thorough introduction to all things 2D. We’ll teach you how to composite layers together seamlessly, to create a showstopping final shot. You’ll cover all the essentials including rotoscoping, prep work, keying, camera tracking and colour correction.
Over 12 weeks you’ll be hands-on, getting to grips with Nuke and learning how real studios and pipelines operate. All of our tutors have worked in the industry so you will learn the techniques, software and skills used in the industry today. After the course you’ll have access to our AfterCare package so you can perfect your showreel.
- Nuke technical requirements
- Processor - x86-64 processor, such as Intel Core 2 Duo or laterStorage
- 5 GB disk space available for caching and temporary filesRAM
- At least 8 GB RAMDisplay
- At least 1280 x 1024 pixel resolution and 24-bit color
- Video card - Graphics card with at least 512 MB of video memory and driver support for OpenGL 2.0.*
- Wacom tablet or alternative graphics tablet
- An external Hard drive to back up your work during the course. Minimum 2TB
We pride ourselves on our industry powered training, that's why we partner with some of the world's leading studios on all our Escape Studios daytime short courses (full-time). Previous partners for our Compositing courses have included Industrial Light & Magic, The Mill and MPC Advertising to name a few.
This is a great opportunity for our students to receive industry standard critique from an expert in their field, personalised feedback allows students to improve their work to guarantee it's studio ready.
- This course is hands-on. You’ll be working on high-spec hardware to master 2D skills. We have no more than 13 students in a class so you’ll get plenty of 1-2-1 time with your tutor.
- We partner with professional from the industry on all of our daytime courses (full-time). We partnered with top studios including The Mill, DNEG, Industrial Light & Magic and Rushes on previous Compositing courses. You’ll get feedback on your work directly from professionals and they'll share their experiences of working of in VFX.
- We'll give you the skills to start creating a killer 2D showreel and you’ll have access to our AfterCare package for 12 months after the course.
- You'll study in a studio environment that mirrors a VFX studio, and will begin your introduction to the VFX pipeline.
- There’s high demand for skilled compositors and we can help you connect with studios and find roles. Escape Studios is well regarded in the industry and you’ll become part of our creative, vibrant, well-connected and global community of Escapees.
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 shot
- Developing your demo reel
- End of course presentation
We welcome and encourage applications from students with a variety of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.
To study this short course, you must:
- Be over 18
- Have a good understanding of written and spoken English
- Feel comfortable using a computer
Contact our Admissions team on email@example.com for any questions regarding international applications and visas.
To apply, or if you have any questions about your application or our entry requirements, you can:
- Call our Admissions Advisors on +44 (0)203 441 1303
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Reach us on LiveChat on Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Following your application, you will need to agree to our terms and conditions before your place on the course can be secured.
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 Compositing Artist it is their 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.
After the course is over we offer three months of online mentoring, so that our students can continue to refine and polish their skills. We take aftercare very seriously - since it can take time to put together a job-ready demo reel, we make sure our students get the time and practice that they need to refine their work to make them job-ready. Learn more about our AfterCare package.
Compositors often start out as Rotoscope Artists or in junior roles, but rise to become Compositors and Compositing Supervisors. From here the path is open to becoming a VFX Supervisor.
Escapees from our compositing courses have gone on to work at companies including: Industrial Light & Magic, Framestore, Cinesite, DNEG, MPC, Milk VFX, Sky, Electric Theatre Collective, Jellyfish Pictures and Pixomondo. For more careers advice, download our Careers Guide.
London campus: £11,295
Live online: £9,036
We offer a range of payment plan options for all courses, including up to five instalments following the initial deposit. Depending on the length of the course, we ask that the initial deposit be paid when registering for the course, and the final payment prior to the end date of the course.
Following the deposit, your chosen payment plan will break down your remaining instalments equally. Please speak to a member of our Admissions team on +44 (0)203 441 1303 or email@example.com to determine the dates of those payments.
Contact our Finance team to discuss your options on +44 (0)203 441 1303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.
Get in touch
We can help with any problems or questions you have with course fees and funding. Speak to one of our Applicant Advisors via phone or email today! Call us on +44 (0)203 441 1303 or email email@example.com.
Meet our tutors
Our tutors have all sculpted their own careers in successful studios in the industry and are now sharing their expertise in the classroom. Packed with everything from Thor: Ragnarok, Black Mirror and Black Panther to the original Lion King and multiple PlayStation titles, their CVs don't get much cooler! They know exactly what skills you need – teaching you real-world tips and tricks, as well as the latest industry software and techniques to kick-start your career.
Industry partners and advisors influence everything we do, from the curriculum we teach and how it's delivered to our webinars and events.
We work alongside an impressive list of VFX, Games and Animation studios including Industrial Light & Magic, Framestore, Blue Zoo, MPC, Jellyfish Pictures, PlayStation London Studio and Creative Assembly and many more across all our courses at Escape Studios.
With exclusive professional feedback, intensive software training and much more, our industry-led courses give you up-to-the-minute, inspirational knowledge and experience, tailored to the work you’re passionate about. Our Escape Studios alumni (Escapees) can be found working at a variety of studios including Pixar, MPC, Industrial Light & Magic, DNEG, Rockstar Games and Electric Theatre Collective.
Find out more about our industry partners.
Why Escape Studios?
Learn industry-relevant techniques from the experts, in a studio-like environment.
- Studio-experienced tutors. Our tutors have worked at studios including DNEG, Walt Disney Animation, EA, Rebellion and Framestore and their credits include Captain America, Black Mirror and Bond: Spectre. They speak at international conferences, like B’Ars (Spain) and VIEW Conference (Italy), write for industry-recognised blog Befores&Afters, and are authorised trainers for software like UnrealEngine, Autodesk or Houdini.
- Industry-standard facilities. Our central London campus is surrounded by world-leading studios and fully equipped with high-end hardware and the latest software.
- Industry partners. Our studio partners, including DNEG, Framestore and PlayStation London Studio, help design and develop our courses to make sure that what we teach is relevant to the current industry practices. You’ll also have access to events and webinars ran by our Student Experience team with industry speakers.