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Expand Your World
This 8 week course provides an in-depth look at the process for creating set extensions used in film and television. During this course students will create a visual effects(VFX) set extension with a focus on 3D environment creation and matt painting integration. The course is suitable for someone looking to develop their 3D Generalist skills. Skills covered in the course will be layout, modelling, 3D/2D texturing, projection material setup, shot look development, VFX lighting, 2 ½D matt painting(DMP) and render pass compositing. Software covered will be Autodesk’s Maya, Arnold Renderer, The Foundry’s Mari and Nuke and Adobe Photoshop.
Students will be creating a digital extension of an abandoned Nuclear Power station which will be integrated into background drone footage. This real life example will provide a meaningful production context for the whole course. We will be using industry standards and workflows to teach people about a VFX pipeline, save time and improve production efficiency.
Students will be guided through the production process and given regular feedback to ensure a production quality result that can be used for portfolio and raise their environment industry knowledge and skill level.
VFX Set Extensions WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
The more you know, the better.
Unleashing your creativity
Paul McWilliams has been Environment Generalist and Lighting artist working on films as ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ and the Visual Effects Oscar award- winning ‘Inception’. Paul’s filmography can be viewed on IMDB. He has worked in production at visual effects companies including DNEG and MPC. He has educational training experience as a Learning lead at Technicolor Academy and instructor at the National Film and Television School (NFTS, Beaconsfield, England). He is a returning instructor to CGMA having previously mentored an Environment Creation course with CGWorkshops. He is also a fully Qualified Teacher with a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE from Institute of Education, University College London).
Fall TERM Registration
Jul 27, 2020 - Oct 12, 2020
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What makes this learning experience unique?
Receive personal individual feedback on all submitted assignments from the industries best artist.
1+ Year Access
Enjoy over 365 days of full course access. This includes all lectures, feedback, and Live Q&A recordings.
Certificate of Completion
Earn a Certificate of Completion when you complete and turn in 80% of course assignments.
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