February 19, 2019
Your scene is perfectly composited with VFX assets - you’ve keyed, lit, textured, blended, tracked, and rendered your scene out, playing it back a dozen times. Yet, something just feels off. It could be you didn’t have a chance to work with meticulously planned pre-vis shots for reference.
"It's no longer 1985 - it's 1986, and Chuck Steel has work to do if he is to prevent the worst plague ever to hit Los Angeles - a scourge of deadly Trampires, mutant hybrids of vampires and bums" explains VFX Supervisor, Christopher Callow, of the upcoming Stop Motion film; Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires.
It's that time of year again. The Oscars deliver the best VFX breakdowns, screeners are delivered, and theaters are filled with exclusive and limited showings. The following breakdowns show once again that VFX is the nexus point of technology, art, and creative problem-solving.
SideFX recently dropped the latest version of their amazing procedural VFX software, Houdini. We recently wrote about why VFX artists should learn Houdini, so to see all the new features they’re continuing to add as Houdini evolves is very exciting for the VFX industry.
Sometimes to work smarter, you have to initially put in a little extra effort to learn a new process or to put plans in place, but once an efficient system is established, it can make a huge difference on both the ease and final result of your workload.
Our goal is to help the disorganized VFX artists out there with a few practical tips for cleaning up their messy VFX projects. We also want to help the artists in Camp One by providing them with resources to help their Camp Two co-workers. As you're reading this, keep an eye out for a few After Effects tricks that can help you be even more organized.
Our new Ground Fire Vol. 2, Wall Fire, and Burning Poles fill the gap for more variation where a unique fire element is needed. These stunning Collections were all shot on RED and are offered in 2K or 4K/5K Pro, providing you with endless possibilities!
There’s a lot more to being a great VFX artist than just learning one or two programs or processes. While there are dedicated VFX departments for digital set design, animation, compositing, etc. - there are dozens of skills within those subsets that are required for talented VFX artists to be successful.