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Visual Effects for Guerrilla Filmmakers
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Visual effects (VFX) has long been a fascinating and mysterious process, but today the technology is available to us all. As an amateur, no-budget or guerrilla filmmaker, you can use VFX to create believable new backgrounds for actors, or new landscapes, scenery or objects to enhance your story. This free online course will show you how.
With VFX, you can afford to set your film anywhere
Can’t afford to travel to New York to make your film? Want to shoot a period drama without hiring a stately home? With VFX, you can fool your audience into believing that you have.
VFX isn’t all about explosions and superheroes – we’ll show you how you can use it to tell all sorts of stories better, by adding objects and places to your film that you couldn’t afford before.
Get to grips with free VFX software and techniques
Over four weeks, we’ll supply free software, and show you tips and techniques in a non-technical way. While you might know how to shoot a film on your iPhone, you probably don’t know how to create realistic visual effects to tell better stories.
Each week, we’ll uncover techniques like effective green screen, motion tracking and colour grading. It’s a practical course, designed for the non-professional, which will enable you to try out your own effects with our sample footage or your own.
So, whether you want to create your own visual effects for a film or just get a bit of background into how this fascinating and fast-moving technology works, join us.
The course has been designed in partnership with HitFilm, creators of editing and visual effects software, and MPC, one of the global leaders in VFX for over 25 years.
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Who is the course for?
This course is for everyone who wants to understand the role of VFX in film and how they can bring a story to life. It will be particularly relevant to amateur and no-budget filmmakers who are looking to expand their storytelling skills with VFX.
Who will you learn with?
Saint has spent 20 years helping the UK VFX industry get the right talent. Currently working in VFX, he has also co-authored the popular Core Skills of VFX handbook for ScreenSkills
I’m a writer and filmmaker based in Norwich, England.
I write a lot and work at FXHOME. Check out my projects on my blog: http://simonkjones.com or find me on Twitter http://twitter.com/tarnimus
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