In order to have the most effective HDRI lighting simulations possible in your 3D comp, practical lighting references can be extremely helpful. If you want to take it a step further, we’re going to look at a method that will allow you to use those same practical lighting references to build accurate CG representations for your VFX shot with Cinema 4D and RedShift.

Today we’re going to explore a great tool for achieving realistic muscular physics for CG characters in Maya — Ziva VFX by Ziva Dynamics. Not only can Ziva VFX give you incredibly convincing character animations, but its true magic lies in the significant time savings it can yield for each shot.

If you don’t want to spend time or money on dealing with specialized lenses or filters (and have even more control over your shot), here are a few great alternatives that can yield some fantastic lens flare results for your scene.

While a library like Megascans will oftentimes be the fastest option for you, occasionally you might find yourself in need of a custom texture. Today we’re going to look at three options you have for creating custom CG textures on your own!

Not only does gaming have strong crossovers with VFX from an industry and work perspective, but its themes, inspirations, and art direction itself are shared back and forth with the worlds of film, television, and online narratives. The result? Movies based on games and games based on movies!

While we’re huge advocates of adding our fog, haze, and smoke VFX assets in post-production, there’s also a tremendous value to be had when it comes to shooting fog in-camera, and it may be much more affordable than you think!

While it’s easy to get burned out creatively, we’re going to take a look at some great side-gigs that will not only give you a boost of creative freedom and independence, but will also net you some extra cash in the process. Put your various skills and insight as a VFX artist to use!

Hollywood has recently experienced a surge in visual effects magic that makes characters appear younger. Not only can this effect now be achieved much more easily than a decade ago, but it also opens up an entirely new world of narrative possibilities for filmmakers.

If you’re on a budget and looking for some ideas on how to raise the production value of your project (without raising the cost), read on for some great DIY resources to incorporate practical effects into your project.

The lines between the digital world and reality continue to blur as more advanced tools and processes surface, allowing VFX artists to achieve stunning photorealism in their rendered scenes. From photogrammetry to advanced lighting and ray-tracing algorithms, it’s never been easier to craft visual effects that are on a whole new level.