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Checking shots on set is a great idea- before it's too late to do anything about it!

Introducing our Guerrilla Diaries

On this course we will not only give you an insight into how to make VFX, but also how to shoot material for VFX.

Your VFX work will be most successful if it’s part of the filming process too, and you plan ahead, rather than add it as an afterthought.

To show what goes into shooting for VFX, we recorded what we call Guerrilla Diaries that we’ve placed throughout the course. We’ll be following Director of Photography Justin Hunt from Ember Films as he creates the footage you’ll be using on the course.

Coming up next you’ll see how Justin created a shot with an actor holding a burning flare using VFX - and later this week you will try recreating the same shot yourself!

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This article is from the free online course:

Visual Effects for Guerrilla Filmmakers

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA)

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.

  • Still from Georges Méliès' "India Rubber Head" (1901)
    A short history of keying
    article

    Keying isnt just a digital invention. From the early days of cinema in the 19th century film makers had used 'mattes' to amaze their audiences.

  • Insider tips on shooting green screen
    Insider tips on shooting green screen
    video

    Justin Hunt, our long suffering director of photography for our HitFilm footage has years of experience of green screen to share with you here.

  • Cab Calloway (1932) Minnie the Moocher
    What is Rotoscoping?
    article

    Rotoscoping is probably the most time-consuming of VFX techniques. It's often a last resort when you can't pull a key. Let's find out more about it.