November 9, 2014 at 6:48AM


Nuke Compositing online course

Hi Guys!
I was doing the animation mentor VFX course and they'd shut down the the program in the middle of the course. Btw, the course was great! ;/
One of my mentor had the ideia to make his own course and started a kickstarter to see if there is interest... I can say that he is really good and the course probably will be great. Even more for who leaves overseas like me that live in Brazil and there isnt much courses with people that work in the industry.
Because you don't just watch classes you would have him to mentor you, thats the thing I found really powerfull.

Its worth to have a look:


Great news. Good luck with this.

November 11, 2014 at 2:22AM, Edited November 11, 2:22AM

Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director

Other than this gentleman's Kickstarter idea, does anybody know of any other options for learning how to do VFX (like in those recent videos posted on NFS, i.e. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl, etc.)? The VFX for practical uses is very impressive to me and looks like an excellent (and obtainable) way to gain more control over lighting and sound and setting/environment. Unfortunately, I don't know the first thing about how to go about doing any of it, and the VFX "breakdown" videos never touch on even the basics. Any recommendations would be highly appreciated. Thank you from a film making noob!

January 12, 2015 at 10:50PM

Harlan Rumjahn
Low-level government official

I'm the author of the above course. It's now available to everyone via the website

To answer your question Harlan, VFX is an incredibly comprehensive field. It's not something that can all be taught in a few short lessons.

I think one of the best starting places are the very general books on VFX like Filming the Fantastic by Mark Sawicki. It's only 349 pages and covers concepts at a very high level. Once you have exposure to the 10,000ft view, you can start to focus on the areas that interest you the most.

I'm partial to compositing as the first "must learn" skill. Nothing beats manipulating the pixels directly. However, most effects these days will require a lot more than just compositing. The breakdowns you see in the "making of" videos rarely do the amount of work required to get the job done justice.

June 8, 2015 at 2:15AM

Aaron Estrada
VFX Supervisor

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