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Community of VFX industry professionals, students, and hobbyists. Video clips, articles and news for people in the visual effects industry and fans.


VFX for industry pros, students, and hobbyists! Video clips, articles, news, and tutorials for fans and people in the visual effects industry.



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Supervising: The downsides.

For starters, It's not exactly great for job security. Lots of out of work mid-level sups right now. And not exactly easy to establish your credentials as supervisor when arriving as a new supervisor hire. Can't charge overtime. Machiavellian tactics from other sups. 70 hour weeks, no days off sometimes.

17 Comments
2024/04/15
03:39 UTC

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What software was used to create this video or how could it be recreated?

4 Comments
2024/04/14
22:25 UTC

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Rebelway course

Hi! Im new to houdini and I want to take intro to houdini, but I know very few things about houdini and I dont want to take the houdini fundamentals course because of the price, where cpuld i learn the basics for free or a reduced price? or should I take the fundamentals course 100%? Thanks in advance :)

5 Comments
2024/04/14
22:08 UTC

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Hum.. I want to be a film director, any advice ?

Hi!

I'm a motion designer in a French animation studio, mainly using Cinema 4D, After Effects (for basic compositing), Octane, and Houdini for basic simulations.

I love the technical aspect; there's a playful side to it, but what I really enjoy is storytelling and staging. I'm involved in almost every stage of video production, from storyboarding to editing, with the help of my colleagues, and that's what I enjoy. Being in advertising is great and allows me to learn a lot, but eventually, I would like to turn towards cinema to do the same thing: telling stories and staging them.

Unfortunately, I know that cinema, with its greater stakes, means tasks are much more divided.

Some directors have transitioned from VFX to directing, like Gareth Edwards and many others, and I'm currently trying to plan my life's path towards that goal.

I know it might seem naive to ask, especially with the current crisis, but I was wondering if you had any information to give me on this subject, on the paths to take, on what I can start implementing now, on how to bring opportunities more easily, etc. Do you know any resources like books, videos, or articles on the subject?

12 Comments
2024/04/14
16:15 UTC

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Civil War: Rainbow/Refractive Boke

5 Comments
2024/04/14
06:34 UTC

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Which Medium Wacom tablet?

Hey guys, my old Wacom Pro Medium needs to be replaced, but see there are quite a few models out now. The medium size has been great, but should I buy the intuos pro again or will the standard one be okay for VFX work? Would be nice to save some money considering the bad times.

Or any other great tablets that are good and easily portable? (thin and light) Thanks in advance.

10 Comments
2024/04/14
05:11 UTC

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Has anyone taken the Compositing Program at Alpha Chromatica?

4 Comments
2024/04/14
04:50 UTC

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Future advice

I am an Egyptian senior student at Mass Communication College, and I am going to graduate in two months.

I started studying VFX last year. I began with a matte painting course using Maya and Nuke. Then, I started learning Cinema 4D and After Effects in another course, and finally, I took a compositing course where I learned more about Nuke and Mocha.

I'm still taking professional courses on these two. So, I'm really worried if I can work as a compositor at big studios even though I did not study at a VFX college. My plan was to work here in Egypt for a year and during this time, I was going to apply to big studios in Europe and the USA. What's your opinion or advice?

17 Comments
2024/04/14
04:02 UTC

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Virtual Production - (white light stage)

Hi I've recently been learning about Virtual Production and its advantages for the film industry for virtual lighting and cinematography, in camera VFX, camera tracking and live compositing.

For university I created this short (which is attached in the google form link below) and would love some advice on how to improve my cinematography so I can apply more knowledge to my virtual production work.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfCABQ2PVMeXJtpw7bSfOkszGAvM5rAGwesMTSSII8493rzfA/viewform?usp=sf_link

(It would be extra helpful if anyone would fill out this survey with the video attached as it also helps me with my school work)

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2024/04/14
02:33 UTC

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"Mr. Green" short videos on TikTok and Youtube

So I have bumped into this kind of videos many times in TikTok and Youtube. Like the one I am posting below. And it makes me wonder, who are these videos aimed at? It surely sounds like not even for the minimum IQ at least. Seriously? "VFX Eraser" tool? It seems to analogous to the "hacker cliche scene" where some freaky dude just types shit in a terminal and says "I am in".

I found this videos really dumb instead of educational. Do you folks agree?

I have to clarify, I am totally out of the VFX scene, I literally joined this community to post this because these videos really disgust me so I can not even imagine my reaction if I worked in this field.

https://preview.redd.it/65l24afqgcuc1.png?width=400&format=png&auto=webp&s=0915f4f69cb24d306ffb37ee90f58cffb4589e4c

4 Comments
2024/04/14
01:07 UTC

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Is there a job in compositing?

I am a 3D graphic designer and have been working in game dev for 3 years. I'm wondering whether to go in a slightly different direction, namely I would like to take VFX compositing courses, but in my country (Poland) I saw only one job advertisement related to this profession. What is the situation on the labor market? Is it better to stay in graphic design and develop in this direction? Is work as a VFX compositor stationary in an office or is it easy to get a job as a freelancer for remote jobs?

12 Comments
2024/04/13
15:58 UTC

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FX Barcelona filmschool

Just wanted to ask if any of you have some kind of experience with that school, and if you would recommend going there.

3 Comments
2024/04/13
13:41 UTC

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Is Roto dead?

I don't know where I am with this (living under a rock) but I heard someone say they've advanced the pipeline and roto as we learnt in school will soon go obsolete. even chroma key isn't popular because bigger movies use volume and smaller ones have advanced systems that don't need enough manual roto...and I also want to know about the status of stereo roto...I used to be interested in it 6-7 years ago when it still used to be trendy but didnt pursue because it paid peanuts...

82 Comments
2024/04/13
11:30 UTC

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what’s one thing that a VFX newbie should know?

gotta make a 30sec Hollywood movie-like professional vfx video in two months, and I have no idea where to start

planning to use nuke and AE (also PS for matte painting)

rly need some tips for newbs pls herlelpppp

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2024/04/13
05:33 UTC

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Namit Malhotra, CEO is DNEG, is producing India's biggest film, Ramayan in collaboration with Warner Brothers. For folks working at DNEG, is this project designed for the global audience around the world ?

According to this article, Namit Malhotra is producing the biggest Indian film, Ramayan, which is based on one of the most revered Hindu deities. Namit wants this film to be a global film that is seen by the mainstream western audience, something like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. He is leaving no stone unturned to make this a visual spectacle like Avatar and Endgame.

Since no Indian film has broken out in the western world, I don't know how Namit would manage that. Bringing in Warner Brothers to this project is a huge win for Namit. From the distribution standpoint, the film will have no problems in reaching out to the western world.

For folks working at DNEG, do you know if this film is a priority for DNEG for the next two years ? Are they really trying to make it a film for global audience ?

18 Comments
2024/04/13
05:10 UTC

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Glow effect behind characters in Star Wars prequels

Hey everyone, I’m not sure if this is a stupid question but I’ve always wondered if anyone else has noticed this sort of glow/light bleed effect behind characters in the Star Wars prequels.

Does anyone know how this effect was achieved? I personally like it

64 Comments
2024/04/13
04:24 UTC

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Recent Thoughts on the Educational Visual Effects Industry

For context Im a senior comp artist with 7 years of experience in the industry. With the state of the industry, as it is right now, I've started having some thoughts on the posts I see on Linkedin and Instagram. I've found myself being recommended Houdini, Embergen, etc tutorials a lot more than I was before. It seems like everyone has wanted to sell their course to you lately.

On the one hand, I respect the hustle, but on the other, I'm sure many people didn't want to go into education when they first entered the industry. Those people are now in the business of creating and selling tutorials to hundreds of unassuming artists, with no idea of how bad the state of the industry is.

Educational institutes still receive hundreds of domestic and international students wanting to get into CGI. These students complete their program and sit unassumingly for the next 6 (and more) months without a job. Yet I haven't seen any pushback or disclaimer when these institutes accept these students who get left with thousands of dollars in student debt. I acknowledge that it can be said that every human being has free will, and no one forces you to buy courses / join educational institutes. However, big educational institutes still have 98% placement rate banners with big company logos on their websites. That might have been true pre-covid, but I don't think it has been the case for the last 3 years. Hence, it feels a bit misleading, and I can see how a high school grad could see big company names and be convinced to move across the country/state to join their dream school.

Just wanted to start a conversation here and get thoughts on if someone feels the same way, or if someone feels different, then to put forth their perspective.

23 Comments
2024/04/12
19:53 UTC

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CArtoon Brew on ICONS UNIONISATION MOVEMENT

26 Comments
2024/04/12
18:40 UTC

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Adjusting UVs After Smoothing for Subdivision Rendering and Texturing in Substance Painter

Hello everyone,

I'm working on a project where I want to create a 3D object and render it with subdivision activated. Before rendering, I plan to texture the object in Substance Painter. My current workflow involves UV mapping the object, then smoothing it, and importing this high-res geometry into Substance Painter for painting. I then apply these textures to the original object that I intend to render with subdivision.

My specific question is: Should I adjust the UVs again after smoothing the object? I'm concerned about potential distortions in the textures, especially when the object is rendered with subdivision. Does anyone have experience with this particular aspect of the workflow or tips on how to best avoid such issues?

Thanks in advance for your help and advice!

3 Comments
2024/04/12
18:24 UTC

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Venom like liquid simulation in Maya

Hey VFX people! ☺️

I'm starting a new VFX project that implicates some Venom like liquid emerging from a person's face and hands. I kinda already have a plan but I was wandering how would you guys consider going at it the most efficient way. 🤔🤔 I primary use Maya as a 3D software and thinking using AE and Mocha for comp and tracking.

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2024/04/12
10:27 UTC

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Suggest a good course that mixes Python & Houdini

Hello! I'm looking for a course that teaches python applied to houdini, starting from the basics. I tried to learn python by itself but without constant application on a real world problem it was hard to progress in a meaningful way for me.

14 Comments
2024/04/12
09:06 UTC

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Should I pursue becoming a character artist, or is my dream dead?

I don't work in the film industry, but for a long time now I've been working my ass off to try and get my skills up to the level they need to be at so I can make a living as an artist, preferablyinthefilm industry as a character artist. More specifically, I'd really like to work for DC Studios and work on movies in the DCU. However, my digital sculpting skills are nowhere near where they need to be, though. I guess that's what happens when you work dead end minimum wage jobs to try and stay afloat and work on your artistic skills and goals in your off time.

I can go nose-to-the-grindstone like none other, but every day I see a lot of posts online from various types of artists working in the film industry who seem absolutly panicked about the jobs drying up and the industry changing. Everyday I see posts on social media from artists who've been working in the industry for years who now have to drive for Uber, and go back to school, learn new skills, switch careers, etc.

And, of course, none of this is to mention the AI elephant in the room...

So, basically, in short, my question is this;

With everything that is going on right now, is there any light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak? Is there any reason to think things will bounce back and be better in a year or two, or should I just accept that my dream is basically dead, move on with life, come up with a new plan, etc.?

One more thing to add... If there is light at the end of the tunnel, I'm strongly considering going to Gnomon for the networking opportunities and to expedite the process of learning the skills I need, but that's an expensive school. It'd REALLY suck to shell out the money to go to school only to be stuck in a situation where there are no jobs available in the industry, and then have to try and figure out how to pay that money back on a minimum wage job.

31 Comments
2024/04/12
08:23 UTC

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Remove Reflection/Glare on Glasses

Hi everybody! What’s the common way to remove glares (reflection of softboxes) on glasses in longer shots? Where glares also sometimes cover the blinking eyes. Is there even an AI for that? Thank you!

4 Comments
2024/04/12
07:19 UTC

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production cost of FX the largest in the whole process?

Hello everyone, I am now working as an fx in an Asian CG company. There are a total of 80 people in our company, nearly half of which are Animation, three FX artist, two simulations, and the rest are light synthesis. One FX dude has 7 years of experience, and another has 8 years of experience. It's also a cg. The man in the Comps department participated in the synthesis of the live film "King Bahobali" for four or five years. Most of the time, people in all companies look down on the FX department and often compare the people of ILM with us. I want to know if this is normal? I don't know about animation lighting synthesis. My supervisor told me that the experience required to make animation is to rise in a straight line. You can have as many years of experience as you do, but when you do FX, the software will be updated every year. You need more knowledge. Making tornadoes effect 10 years ago, and now 2024 It's completely different to make a tornado every year. Is the learning cost of special effects really the largest?

34 Comments
2024/04/12
04:26 UTC

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How to start a creative agency / studio?

I have a background in working at Disney Marketing as a 3D Designer, and as a Concept Artist & Matte Painter at some VFX studios. I'm looking into how my skills can translate into a multimillion dollar thing and Advertising / Marketing Creatives struck out.

Sure, VFX studio is one route but it requires funding or a team of folks willing to start a youtube channel etc. What's the most lucrative way to start getting clients for a one-man creative agency?

8 Comments
2024/04/12
03:48 UTC

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If the prologue of Indiana Jones 5 was filmed for an Indy movie in the 80s, is there anything that either couldn't have been filmed or would have had to been altered a bit for the limitations of the time?

Like was there anything in that prologue that could not have been done without VFX?

3 Comments
2024/04/12
03:21 UTC

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