Introduction to CG and VFX

This FREE foundation level course will give you an overview of the different stages of a CG and VFX production pipeline, and outline what artists and technicians do at each stage in today’s global filmmaking industry.

Course Schedule
16.09.2020 - 23.09.2020
Tutor
Jahirul Amin
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Get an insight into how CG and VFX plays a pivotal role in the filmmaking process

 

This course is for students who want to step into the filmmaking industry in the field of CG Animation or VFX, or for those already in the industry who would like to gain a further understanding of the different stages of the digital pipeline. This course also serves as an accessible summary for people currently working in creative media outside of the artistic and technical world, such as Production and Human Resources.

During this course, we’ll dissect examples of how onset data is used for look development and lighting, how digital models are created and then rigged. We’ll cover how an asset is textured and shaded, and then pushed into the shot pipeline to be animated, lit, and then composited. The course will not focus on the tools used to create CG but more the terminology and language used in the industry and the typical journey of an asset and a shot from initial concept to final render.

If you are new to computer graphics and looking to get an overview on how we go from series of vertices to final pixels, then this is the course for you.

Course Details

  • Type: Online
  • Level: Foundation
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Format: Live online sessions
  • Assignments: n/a
  • Tools: n/a
  • Prerequisites: n/a
  • Course Access Time: Lifetime

From pre-production to post-production, see how the CG/VFX process works

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Lessons in this course

  • 01. Pre-production

    This lesson will focus on what happens before you go on-set with a focus on pitching for VFX, using concept art to illustrate ideas, visualising sequences with previs, and planning a shoot with techvis.
  • 02. Production

    This lesson will look at what happens during the shoot and the data you need to acquire for VFX shots. We’ll look at shooting plates for VFX, element shoots, shooting reference for assets and shots, and capturing performances.
  • 03. Post-Production: Assets

    With the shoot in-progress or possibly complete, we will move on to looking at how the assets are created. Here we will look at modelling for CG, painting surface details and creating materials, digital hair, fur and feathers and creating digital puppets.
  • 04. Post-Production: Shots

    With the assets created, the film plates and the on-set data available; we can now look at the process of adding CG elements into shots. Our final lesson will cover going from the stage of matching a digital camera to a real-world camera to final shot lighting and compositing.

Tutor: Jahirul Amin

VFX Trainer

Jahirul Amin is a Computer Animation and Visual Effects Trainer and Consultant. He specialises in designing and delivering courses to create solid and diverse production ready skills in all 3D related departments and across a number of facilities worldwide. His background in academia feeds into his ongoing connections with Universities and Colleges which provide Computer Animation and Visual Effects courses. He is also involved in course and examination design as well as lecturing, running workshops and mentoring.

Course Fee: FREE

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