ECUAD – ANIM307/FVIM323: VFX Compositing
WEEK 1 – Channels + Layering
Screenings: Intro to VFX & Comp
Screenings: Inspiration / How far can you go?
ILP Reel: https://vimeo.com/232664157
Kino (Marco Brambilla): https://vimeo.com/40294904
Evolution (Marco Brambilla): https://vimeo.com/128747980
Civilization (Marco Brambilla): https://vimeo.com/14837116
Ghost (Marco Brambilla): https://vimeo.com/14038048
Celluloid (Marco Brambilla): https://vimeo.com/112314245
*HW: Re-build the demos from scratch without using notes or references.
WEEK 2 – Color Correction 1
Ryoji Ikeda “Micro | Macro”: https://vimeo.com/134050005
*HW: Take a picture. Find a photo or frame you like online and/or from a film. Match your picture’s color to the one you found. Or, both images can be your own.
WEEK 3 – 3D Render Passes
HW: Render Passes – Extract the EXR layers, and composite with creative control. Or use Demo 3 above, or both.
HW (Optional): Composite the airplane flying in a different sky background (Other BG plates are in the Integration “source” folder)
*Read strategically. Just scan the parts you’re familiar with and get reminders, focus on the parts you’re not fully comfortable with, and don’t get caught up in the equations and graphs – just be generally aware of that part.
WEEK 4 – Color Correction 2
OFFF London 2017 Titles: https://vimeo.com/236316402
OFFF Festival: https://offf.london/info
Demo 1: Day to Night
HW: Shoot, composite and customize your own day for night shot. You must shoot the video yourself. You can create any context you want, or tie it to another project you’re doing, or simply make a new miscellaneous shot for the sake of this exercise. You will only be graded on technique, workflow and file management – not context or concept. You must post your final clip on Vimeo and bring your project files to class. If you don’t have a Vimeo account, you must create one.
Tips: Shoot in overcast or shaded setting. Avoid direct sunlight and hard shadows. Sky will be brighter than ground unless there are street lamps, etc.
HW: Watch Video 101: Shooting Basics
HW: Watch Zoom vs. Moving Camera
HW: Watch Understanding the Exposure Triangle
WEEK 5 – Masking + Rotoscoping
Sin City 2 Extended Trailer: https://youtu.be/WvAvEcxwglI
Sin City Breakdown (2:12-2:50, 4:25-6:00): https://youtu.be/90mBo7xkLEM
HW: Shoot and composite a “Sin City” style shot. You are free to base this on your own concept. *Tip: Use a tripod because handheld means there will be camera shake, and you will have to animate more small roto movements. If using handheld, use a wider lens to reduce camera shake.
HW: Please submit this SURVEY.
WEEK 6 – Masking, Keying
HW: Open the “original” image in IG Match, then color correct it in NukeX to match its treatment to all the other filters (or use your own original image). Arrange them in tiles in a single image in Photoshop (like a contact sheet). Make your Photoshop image about 1920×1920. Label each of your treatments by putting a small caption with the filter name under each image. Also make a separate image with tiles of the originals so we can compare side by side.
You can use roto and luma key to control your effects. For example, some IG filters add a highlight to the center, a vignette around the edges, or brighten midtones. See this example of how to problem-solve it: https://youtu.be/26RqISpg5t4
HW: Review any readings you missed or didn’t get to spend much time on
WEEK 7 – FX, tricks