Why take this course?
- Master the fundamentals of compositing for visual effects
- Prepare to develop your career as a key part of the visual effects pipeline
- Access Escape’s unique online learning platform
- Brush up your foundation skills with a free online primer before you start
- Access industry advice and support from our Relationship Manager
- Gain unique access to aftercare and career support from our recruitment experts
- CV and showreel help, plus advice on job applications
Who is this course for?
- If you're passionate about a career in this exciting industry
- If you want to study VFX around work or life commitments
- Students and graduate 3D Artists preparing for the job market
- Creative career changers
- Want to know more? Join our FREE live online demo on 7 November 2013, 15:30 GMT
- Online, mentored – Average 10 hours a week
- 40 Weeks
- Start Dates:
- January 13th 2014
- Early-bird discount:
- Save £500 if you pay in full before the course starts
- Payment plan:
- Pay £1,000 deposit to reserve your place and then 5 additional instalments of £1,000 on weeks 4, 12, 20, 28 and 36
Master the Art of Illusion
Compositors are masters of make-believe. Compositing is the final part of the Visual Effects pipeline. It’s the bit where it all comes together. You’re the guy who has to make sure the shot meets the artistic brief from the director. You’re the one who’s finessing that creative vision. That final, all important creative milestone – that’s you. The compositor. The person who naturally looks for the finer detail, who enjoys checking that, the colour is ‘just right’, the person who questions whether that ‘hair’ looks part of the scene or not and if not, why not? Combining lots of different elements to make us believe we’re looking at a single scene is no mean feat and it takes highly skilled, creative individuals to make it happen.
Our online program is one of the most advanced out there though, developed to mimic our intensive classroom environment.
*Please note this course requires access to a 64 bit Operating system
Escapee Catarina Ferreira speaks to us regarding her recent appointment at Cinesite
NAME: Catarina Ferreira
FAVOURITE MOVIE ONE LINER: "Someday my dream will come? One night you will wake up and discover it never happened. It’s all turned around on you. It never will. Suddenly you are old. It didn't happen, and it never will, because you were never going to do it anyway." – Collateral.
PROJECTS: I see all the projects that I've worked on as great experiences. There is always something to take out from each, no matter how exciting the work itself is. Learning something new, improving my skills and getting to know new people are the best parts of it. I quite enjoyed working on "Snow White and the Huntsman" at Blue Bolt as roto/prep artist - I learned a lot every day. Two years after completing the Compositing Professional course at Escape Studios I'm finally having the opportunity to do some compositing work at Cinesite for “300: Rise of an Empire” and I'm loving it. It's a been great reminder of why I chose to work in this industry.
WHY VFX: In the last year of my degree in Communication Design, I got into motion graphics. Started working with After Effects and one thing came to another. I got my first job in an Architecture Visualization company as motion grapher and that title also included doing some compositing work. I think it was a good starting point, from here my passion for comping grew day by day.
I always had some kind of fascination with watching the special features on DVD's, the "making of", the replacement of green screens, the "before/after" visual effects... It´s like making magic, deceiving people and making the impossible possible.
Being a part of great features was something I thought was unachievable, until I heard about Escape Studios. So with 3 years of work experience in Portugal I decided to step back and start all over again in London. It was a huge decision and a big investment to do the course, sure, but it was the best thing I've done. The unachievable became achievable and now the dream is happening.
ADVICE: Try to be creative on your show reel, accept criticism and grow with it, and don't give up if someone tells you it's impossible or too difficult.
It's VFX, nothing is impossible; it's just a matter of time and hard work
Earlier this month we were brimming with pride as we waved farewell to our in-house ‘2D genius’ and all-round helluva guy, Simon Richardson, who has moved onto pastures new as a Junior NUKE Artist...
COMPANY: Junior NUKE Artist at The Mill
FAVOURITE MOVIE ONE LINER: “What we do in life echoes in eternity.” Gladiator
BEST PROJECT YOU’VE WORKED ON: It’s hard to pick just one; every project has its own merits and challenges. The Heineken ‘Bond’ music video was pretty cool—we got to work on lots of advanced stuff like bluescreen keying, and it was exciting to be part of the buzz surrounding the James Bond franchise.
WHY VFX? When I first watched ‘The Matrix’, I was intrigued by bullet-time, and ended up building my own bullet-time rig as part of my dissertation at University. This led to my interest in post-production, and took me to Escape.
ABOUT: Starting out as an engineering student, Simon was keen for any opportunity to dabble in filmmaking. It was whilst utilising his University’s bullet-time rig that his interest in pursuing a career in the film industry was first sparked, leading him to study one of Escape’s Compositing classes in 2011. Much to our pleasure, he just couldn’t leave, taking up post as one of our esteemed Studio Assistants for over a year.
Always on hand to help out in our Compositing classes, Simon was a true asset to Escape Studios, contributing content for our free online tutorials, and at one point even stepping in to cover one of our tutor’s evening classes. He also contributed a series of posts to the Escape blog, declaring his undying love for NUKE and sharing his wealth of knowledge on the program. Making the most of his 4-hour daily commute to the studio, Simon spent this time testing the portability of NUKE on his MacBook Air.
In terms of how his training at Escape has prepared him for his first VFX role, Simon says, “… it gave me the opportunity to really get to grips with the tools used in the industry, as well as the chance to develop my strengths as an artist, amongst a collective of like-minded individuals.”
ADVICE: Simon’s advice to anyone wanting to get into compositing is to “… try develop an understanding of how life is seen through the eyes of the camera, and to always study composition—even if it’s just going out for a walk and observing what is around you. But overall, the most important thing is a willingness to work hard.”
It brought a tear to the eye to see Simon leave, but everyone at Escape wishes him all the very best for the future—there’s no doubt he’ll make an invaluable addition to the team at The Mill. Huge congratulations to Simon as he steps ever closer towards the career he truly loves.
Every open day features a guest industry speaker, so you'll get a real insight into what life is like as a VFX Artist.
Join us at our London campus to:
- Learn about the specialised jobs in VFX and Compositing
- Understand the course options which suit you
- Be a fly-on-the-wall in one of our classroom courses
- Review successful student reels
- Understand what skills you need to become studio-ready
- Learn about student perks and soak up the atmosphere
The next open day is on Wednesday 11th of December
If you're thinking about studying VFX online or coming to London then why not take our virtual tour?
We'll cover everything you get on a campus tour, and guide you through the Escape experience. Sounds great right? Fill out the form to the right or call us on +44 (0)207 348 1920 to schedule your academy tour today.