Prep and Roto 1001
Learn a range of prep, paint and rig removal techniques to match the standard of work seen in blockbuster film and TV productions.
Training in high end roto, paint and clean-up
On this course you will learn a range of prep, paint and rig removal techniques as used in high-end VFX facilities across the world. The techniques we train students in have provided a base for new artists to enter the discipline of 2D VFX for a number of years. They now form the basis of training for the Junior 2D Artist Apprenticeship, an innovative training programme provided in the UK for employees at VFX facilities such as Dneg, Molinare, The Mill, Framestore and One of US.
The course is split into two units, a foundation (lessons 1 – 6) and an advanced level (lessons 7 – 10). In the foundation level, you will be trained in marker removal for green screen backings and on-set textures and in degraining and patching for background clean-up behind the actors. You will also learn the level of finish required for your work to be signed off for high-end feature film and TV productions. The advanced unit (lessons 7-10) covers the invisible clean-up work that is done on undulating surfaces such as harness removal from actors clothing or safety wires running across their skin.
Throughout the course, emphasis will be constantly placed on the practical and professional application of all learning.
Training shots from the feature film Grabbers, courtesy of VFX supervisor Paddy Eason and Element Pictures Distribution