Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: WEEK 7

Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: WEEK 7

Having started a VFX course here at Escape Studios, I’m keeping a diary to share with you how the course is going so far. And here's an update on week seven.

Day thirty one
VFX! I started the second half of the course today. Moved rooms to across the hall and jumped straight into history of film/TV and critical information which will help me on the project. We were introduced to 3DEqualizer today. It's tracking software with a funny control system. All straightforward and it's exciting to do something completely new. We track points from video footage and solve the camera. Today we copied from the projector and I found it really helpful to note what was happening and also took notes on the workflow.

Day thirty two
What a day we had. We tracked points from a well-known film and solved the camera. It was exciting to work on real footage just as they would in making the film. Gave me a real sense of what is to come. I learnt some entry level jobs use this technique so it's something I want to learn really well. Everybody seemed to be having a good time and I felt a real buzz from other students during the break. It seems they enjoyed it as much as I did.

Day thirty three
Today I learnt to unwarp a video and tracked it too. We took it into Maya and created CGI to add to the video. We talked more on our projects and I decided to create a secret entrance in a public space. I got good feedback and will try to get permission to film in a local shop. I can't wait to crack on with it now.

Day thirty four
I tracked some awkward footage today, solved the camera and solved the lens distortion, with help from the kind lady sat next to me. It was time consuming due to lack of experience. I saw Mark had tracked twice as many points as me and solved before I was half way through. It was a relaxed atmosphere in class and I felt no pressure to race through it. I feel I am improving with each task I am given and I feel more comfortable doing things by myself now. I guess a few more times practicing and I'll be at a competent level. Got permission today to shoot footage in a local shop so I'm ready to start my project. My kingdom for a steadicam.

Day thirty five
We learnt today how to take a clip from the middle of a video and convert it to be frame one, ready to import to Maya. I started my second project today. The modelling was easy and I'm ready to UV after one afternoons work. I surprised myself at how fast I can model now. Looking from the outside I'd never guess we all only had 7 weeks experience. I had a look round the class and some of my classmate’s models looked fabulous already. I'm in 2 minds as whether to change my model to something more challenging. Copied my work to flash drive so I can work over the weekend... I'm too excited to leave it until Monday!

In case you missed week six in this series of blogs, take a look here.

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