The annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco just wrapped up last week. As digital technology improves, we’re approaching a point of marriage between all forms of computer imagery. This year’s conference once again blurred the lines between interactive tech and movies with several key demos and discussions around the future of the industry.

We are going to use the same background plate and VFX clips from last weeks camera shake tutorial and dive into 5 steps to compositing our explosions and exploding debris stock footage in After Effects. These professional techniques will bring your VFX compositing game to the next level. And honestly, who doesn't want to improve on their editing skills?

Now that you VFX shot is tracked, has the most depth possible, and looks realistic, it's time to embrace your inner wiggle and add a camera shake effect. Adding camera shake provides so many different advantages that can translate in almost every project. One of those advantages being that it takes your shot to the next level and makes it believable.

In the media-saturated age in which we live, the goal of every filmmaker should be getting the audience emotionally invested in their story. Don't you want your audience to walk away feeling something? Let’s practically discuss what harmonizing the visuals with sound in a meaningful way should mean to you.

The stylistic depth and faithful world-building of Blade Runner 2049 mark a deserved win even in spite of the arguably more technical achievements of fellow nominee “War for the Planet of the Apes”. 2049 embodies what most would consider good visual effects. It’s not necessarily the grandeur alone (though it’s a beautifully epic film), rather the seamless integration of the digital and the live action which achieves a true suspension of disbelief.

In our last article, we discussed a few key questions we need to continually be asking ourselves in the midst of production, in order to aim for the highest production value possible in the arena of visual effects, especially on a low budget. We also discussed common pitfalls to watch out for in the video-saturated climate we now live in, where abundant special effects, affordable hardware, and accessible software are all at our fingertips. The strides we’ve made from previous generations of filmmaking are remarkable - and we would do well to learn as much as we can from the film industry’s innovative past in order to shape its exciting future.