February 19, 2019
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.
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.
Degrees and certifications are invaluable and résumés are incredibly important, but there is nothing that showcases a visual effects artist's abilities and dedication to their craft like a VFX sizzle reel.
Compositing is one of the most volatile and intricate steps in the visual effects process. From chroma keying to advanced tracking and placement, compositing is all about marrying the creations of several artists into a final and cohesive work.
In the world of software, plug-ins, and downloads, free has come back in style through open-source tools with transparent creators and bustling communities. Improve your VFX workflow with these 5 free programs available.
As working creatives, it’s easy to let your craft be confined to your job. You put in the hours, and by the time you get home you’re so burnt out and tired from deadlines and tough projects, that the last thing you want to do is boot up your computer for even more software time. Sometimes, however, there’s nothing better to reaffirm your spirit for visual effects than a classic non-work project.