Why take this course?
- Save over £500 off this course with our exclusive Autumn offer. Normally £6000, now only £5,490
- Learn real-world VFX production skills and gain industry recognised NUKE training
- Study at home online to master the fundamentals of compositing visual effects
- Access Escape’s unique online learning platform for step by step tutorials
- Brush up your foundation skills with a free online primer course before the course begins
- Interact with your tutors and fellow students through the live online classroom via your own PC or Mac
- Access industry advice and support from our team of experts
- Gain access to aftercare, career support and advice on your CV, showreel and job applications
Who is this course for?
- If you're passionate about a career in this creative industry
- Anyone who needs to balance work / life commitments with part time online learning
- Aspiring VFX artists looking to learn from seasoned industry professionals
- Students and graduate VFX artists preparing for the job market
- Career changers looking to master the art of VFX in their spare time
- Want to know more? Watch this online classroom demo
- Online, mentored – Average 10 hours a week
- 40 Weeks
- Start Dates:
- September 22nd 2014
- Payment plan:
- Pay just £500 to reserve your place. An additional four instalments to be paid: £490 paid by week 1 and the remaining three instalments of £1500 on weeks 10, 20, and 30
Professional online VFX training
In the visual effects industry, Compositors are the masters of make-believe. Turning their creative flare to making invisible visual effects, their work helps bring all the elements for a scene together and complete the VFX pipeline.
If you've been looking to kick start a new career and master the art of VFX, you can begin the journey by studying compositing for visual effects online. Study remotely and discover what's possible when you learn around a schedule that suits you.
Working inside NUKE, the industry's favourite VFX compositing tool, you'll learn rotoscoping, rig removal, paint prep techniques, colour balance, mastering 2D / planar tracking and how to create detailed keys of a shot. You’ll also work with NUKE's 3D projection system, camera tracking and how to integrate CG render passes into live action backplates.
Our advanced online learning program was developed to mimic our intensive classroom environment. Interact with your tutors and fellow students through the live online classroom via your own PC or Mac, and benefit from the learning potential of a live classroom.
*Please note this course requires access to a 64 bit operating system.
Escapee Leonardo Sierra speaks to us regarding his career in VFX so far.
NAME: Leo Sierra
COMPANY: Catmandú/100 Bares, as Stereo Digital Compositor on an animated movie by Oscar winning director, Juan Jose Campanella.
COURSE STUDIED: Compositing for Visual Effects (Online)
FAVOURITE MOVIE ONE LINER: Definitely has to be… “Say hello to my little friend.” from Scarface
WHY VFX: Because my life is surrounded by things related to VFX, I consider myself a bit of a Geek; I love video games, animated TV series and sci-fi movies. Since I discovered 3D Animation and Digital Compositing, watching films like Star Wars or Terminator changed my career path, and made me decide “I want to be part of that”, I wanted to be one of those amazing artists who create breath taking images and effects. Now I'm beginning my path As digital compositor and I'm super happy to be living my dream.
PROJECTS: My favourite project thus far, is definitely the project I'm working on currently, "Foosball" ("Metegol" in Spanish). It's the first time that I’ve worked on a feature animation Film, it’s really quite amazing to work with so many talented artists and be a part of such a big project. At the end of the day it’s so rewarding to look back and see all that you've done, but much more exciting is being able to look ahead at the prospect of great things that are yet to be discovered.
ADVICE: I think that the best advice is: Study, be passionate and love what you do! You’re going to have to face lots and lots of challenges, (every day!) but it’s up to you to find the answers. Nowadays it’s really easy get information about any topic; there are amazing schools with talented teachers (Escape is proof of that). Read a lot too, there are many books with plenty of information available. Watch lots of movies, short films, videos and play videogames (something I find, is the best source of inspiration) and finally, ask other artists for their opinions, there are amazing people out there who are more than happy to share their knowledge.
To conclude, all you need is love for your work, and the desire to be prepared, I assure you that with time and effort you will see progress!
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.
Our open days often feature guest industry speakers, so you can get a real insight into what life is like as a VFX Artist. Watch this space for more information on when our next industry guest will be joining us and also when our next Open Days will be taking place. If you'd prefer a more personal experience, you can also attend our studios for a 1-2-1 meeting with a member of our admissions team, just click here to book a 1-2-1 session.
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
- Next open day: 03/9/14
Online Virtual Learning Environment Tour
If you are thinking about studying Visual Effects online, then why not arrange for an Online VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) Tour?
The purpose of the Online VLE Video Tour is to demonstrate how students use our Unique VLE system to study 3D or Compositing for VFX online. If this is something you're interested in, fill out the form to the right and select 'Online Virtual Tour' and then 'Online Tour - any date' and we'll be in touch with a link to our Online VLE Tour video.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need more information about our Open Day/Online Tours.