Before the digital revolution, matte paintings were typically photorealistic images painted on glass that were layered together in-camera with actors on set. Today, there are a limitless number of possibilities when it comes to learning the craft of matte painting, and we're going to look at five great tutorials to get you started!

Chances are you’ve probably had to deal with less-than-perfect footage at some point in your career. Today, we’re going to look at several common issues you may encounter when working with footage, as well as how to resolve the problems with After Effects. Let’s get started!

Last minute travel, cramped flights, Uber rides stuck in traffic — you name it. In the professional world, this is just a small nuisance for some. You can still check your email, undergo simple tasks, and generally keep connected to most fields of work. For VFX artists, however, whose lifeblood is the system on which they work, travel can be a hard roadblock for progress.

ActionVFX Assets were used a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away! We were able to catch up with Chris Clements, VFX Producer at FXitinPost, to take a peek behind the scenes of the making of Scene 38. This reimagined scene involves the final confrontation between Darth Vader and Obi-wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.

One of the greatest gifts of Star Wars is its sheer variety. At the technical level, the subject matter covers the full spectrum of visual effects complexity: from entry-level all the way to the cutting edge. In your next short film based in a galaxy far, far away, try to grab a mixed bag—here’s a few killer tutorials to get you started.