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Online course

Visual Effects for Guerrilla Filmmakers

Learn how to create no-budget visual effects (VFX) and take your filmmaking to a new level, with this free online course.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Statement of Participation when you complete over half the course

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Visual Effects for Guerrilla Filmmakers

Why join the course?

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.

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 John Walker

Saint has spent 15 years helping the UK VFX industry get the right talent. Currently Course Leader in VFX, he was also co-author of the popular Core Skills of VFX handbook for Creative Skillset.

Axel Wilkinson

I work for FXHOME and am a Tutor on the VFX for Guerrilla Filmmakers course.

Simon Jones

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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Who developed the course?

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Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate

You can buy a Statement of Participation for this course — a personalised certificate in both digital and printed formats, to celebrate taking part.

£34.00 + shipping

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Charges to your account will be made in GBP. Prices in local currency are provided as a convenience and are only an estimate based on current exchange rates.

Course highlights Get a taste of this course before you join:

  • Storyboards are only one way to communicate. Lets look at some VFX definitions.
    Visual effects or special effects?
    article

    Like any creative subject it helps to share definitions about what things mean -this can be confusing for newcomers; it'll help us communicate better.

  • Tracking and layers: a gentle start
    Tracking and layers: a gentle start
    video

    HitFilm guru Simon Jones shows us how to build a dramatic shot in HitFilm using layers of stock footage we provide on the course. Enjoy your 'comping'

  • The Blaine Brothers guide to using VFX
    The Blaine Brothers guide to using VFX
    video

    The Blaine Brothers have a positive can-do attitude to VFX, and see it as a tool that should be used in the service of a story, not as decoration.