VFX_PipelineThere is so much to the world of Visual Effects and it’s ever-evolving landscape, the only constant is that the more you know, the more you realize there is so much more to know.

Even if you have a love for one or two disciplines in the pipeline, it’s so important to be cognizant of what is going on in all other parts of your studio. This enables you to not only support the work that comes before you, but create artwork and quality of production for everyone beyond your step in the process.

Between modeling, rigging, animation, compositing and the all the other vital roles, no one person can maintain 100% expert knowledge of every nook and cranny, trick and tip – but there’s no reason not to try, right?

To the left, click to enlarge a great visualization of the VFX Pipeline by Dan Thompson.

Below are the sections of the website dedicated to VFX:

Besides my Animation and Motion Design classes, I teach a Visual Effects course at Ringling College of Art & Design. Click the picture above to view all my lectures, notes, images and video examples.

Instruction and information on what goes into a successful matte painting, as well as image-manipulation tips, the common pipeline and more.

Rendering engines are just tools – and like every tool, they all have their own strengths and weaknesses. These series of pages dives deep in the feature sets and advantages of using one renderer over another.

Want to refresh yourself on Vray or Primatte skills quickly? Wondering again what that one button will do? Check out my following VFX Cheat Sheets. Quick and to the point – and more on the way always.

Step up to the 100 question VFX Compositing Quiz – where some questions are easy and some you might just have to think about…

I teach a full course on digital compositing with The Foundry’s node-based compositing software Nuke. I’ll be bringing all my lecture notes, slides, and exercise files online for anyone wishing to know more about this fantastic discipline.

Remembering to work smarter, not harder, this article will serve to identify the challenges in keying, both on-set during recording and in post-production. Let’s illustrate the broad stokes for the artist who is already familiar with compositing or would like to refresh themselves on the art…