June 24, 2019 at 4:00PM

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Best "Back Pocket" VFX software for Indie Filmmakers

I'm an independent filmmaker. I've been studying different VFX programs because I'd like to have that as a tool in my "Back Pocket." In other words, I don't want a career in VFX, rather I want to have simple tricks that I can do myself for my own films. Stuff like matte paintings of buildings or spaceships in the background of moving shots. What would be the best software to use?

I've taken tutorials on 3DS Max, Maya, Nuke, etc. But these seem like long rabbit holes that always lead to tutorials suggesting I learn other software like Z-brush for different stages of the pipeline. I've heard a lot about Elements 3D, is this more of what I'm looking for?

New NoFilmSchool member, appreciate any advice given!

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My dream job is to do visual effects or edit some sort of videos. ... I'm a strong believer that you can create good art with any software, but here are some good programs to look into only ... Good skill to have in back pocket.

July 10, 2019 at 9:20AM

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