The Ultimate Guide For Beginners and PROS

Learn the science and techniques behind creating powerful VFX visual effect, motion graphics, composition as well as making objects disappear, create 3D animations, control the weather onscreen, and generate special effects that make the impossible look real in any digital visualization.


Visual effects (VFX) is a term used to describe imagery created, manipulated, or enhanced for any film, picture or other moving media that doesn’t take place during live-action shooting or normal picture shoot. VFX often involves the integration between actual footage and this manipulated imagery to create realistic looking environments for the context. These environments created are either too dangerous to actually shoot, or worlds that just don’t exist. They use computer-generated imagery (CGI), and particular VFX software to make it happen. VFX producers communicate with directors and cinematographers to determine which scenes require them to shoot with green screens.
There are many aspects to the VFX process but they can all be organized into three main types: CGI, compositing, and motion capture. Each of these either takes place after principal photography or simultaneously in a dedicated and controlled studio
With VFX effect, you can create cinematic film titles, intros and transitions. Remove an object from a clip. Start a fire or make it rain. Animate a logo or character. Even navigate and design in a 3D space.
However, there are distinct differences between VFX, CGI, Special effect. The three are often used interchangeably but are different in that VFX are created using a combination of live action shots and digital imagery, CGI is anything created digitally, and Special Effects are captured live, without the aid of a computer.
It’s also important not to confuse VFX with motion graphics. These are animated text and graphic design. Visual effects tend to combine live-action footage with additional footage to create a final, seamless composited shot. Thus, they are an essential tool in a video editor’s arsenal.

• Introduction
• After Effect Basic
• Animating Illustration
• Start up with speed control
• Animating with keyframes
• Shapes and solid layers
• Important After effect skills
• Motion graphics projects
• Flat animation challenge
• Green Screen (Chromakeying)
• 3d animation Camera tools
• Roto Scoping

•Beginners in After Effects who want to start Learning Compositing, Visual Effects, and Motion Graphics
• Intermediate After Effects Users who want to polish their skills and learn more techniques to create better videos
• YouTube Publisher looking to add Motion Graphics, Titles, Lower Thirds and VFX to their Videos
• Video Editors looking to implement Visual Effects and Motion Graphics in their videos
• Motion graphics artists and graphic designers
• Anyone looking to use After Effects to improve their videos
• Videographers, video producers, video editors
• Motion graphics artists and graphic designers
• YouTubers and vloggers
• Businesses that use video as part of their marketing strategy

• The ability to create and implement high quality VFX
• strong visual awareness and artistic ability
• excellent interpersonal skills
• lateral thinking skills
• good communication and organizational skills
• the ability to work as part of a team as well as alone
• the ability to follow production methodologies and develop creative approaches to problem solving
• an eye for details, good sense of timing, and thorough understanding of techniques and technologies relating to physical simulation in computer graphics
• a solid understanding of the compositing process
• the ability to undertake blue/green screen extractions using Photoshop or similar
• seamless integration of live action, miniature and CGI sources
• photographic skills, including an understanding of depth of field, shutter speed, aperture, composition and framing
• the ability to interpret feedback and use your artistic eye to make improvements
• knowledge of VFX compositing software such as Nuke, Fusion and After Effects
• skill in match moving, modelling, texturing, lighting, prep, roto and basic comp
• have a good eye for composition, colour, light and shadow
• strong Photoshop editing skills for creating texture effects for use with particle systems
• proficiency with 3D graphics, physics, ribbons, shaders and post process effects
• first-class time and project management skills and the ability

• How to create Reveal Techniques using Track Mattes and Masks.
• Essential 3D Animation Techniques.
• Advanced 3D with Cameras, Lights and Shadows.
• 3D Camera Orbit Null.
• Complex, Compound and Bezier Shapes.
• Per Character Text Animation and how to use text presets
• How to create the latest modern titles and lower thirds
• How to Use Expressions – from simple linking to complex interpolations
• How to create Animated Infographics
• How to create Data Visualization Charts
• Animation Presets – Using, Editing, Creating and Saving Presets
• How to Composite with Masks and Effects
• Videos Time Games
• Motion Tracking
• Camera Tracking
• Green/Blue Screen Chroma keying
• Rotoscoping – Removing backgrounds
• Importing and Animating Vector Graphics from Adobe Illustrator
• Best Exports for YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook
• Motion Graphics Visual Effects
• Color Correction & Color Grading
• How to use the all-New Scripts to Animate Mask points
• Using the Essential Graphics Templates
• You will know how to use After Effects to make your videos better than ever
• You will be comfortable using After Effects – even if you’re a beginner
• Know how to create a video project from start to finish in After Effects
• Create professional motion graphics that improve your videos
• Add creative visual effects to your video projects

Special effects artists and animators create images that appear to move and visual effects for various forms of media and entertainment.
Employment of special effects artists and animators is projected to grow 16 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.
About 7,800 openings for special effects artists and animators are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
Much of the projected employment growth in this occupation is due to recovery from the COVID-19 recession that began in 2020 and is likely to occur early in the decade.
Projected growth will be due to increased demand for animation and visual effects in video games, movies, and television etc.
Consumers will continue to demand more realistic video games, movie and television special effects, and three-dimensional movies. This will create demand for newer computer hardware, which will enhance the complexity of visual effects. Additional special effects artists will be required to meet this increased demand.
Special effects artists, director, editors etc. typically do the following:
• Use computer programs and illustrations to create graphics and animation (images that appear to move)
• Work with a team of animators and artists to create a movie, game, or visual effect
• Research upcoming projects to help create realistic designs or animation
• Edit animation and effects on the basis of feedback from directors, other animators, game designers, or clients
• Meet with clients, other animators, games designers, directors, and other staff (which may include actors) to review deadlines and development timelines

Further, an increased demand for computer graphics for mobile devices, such as smart phones, will lead to more job opportunities. Special effects artists will be needed to create animation for games and applications for mobile device
Special effects artists and animators often work in a specific medium. Some focus on creating animated movies or video games. Others create visual effects for movies and television shows. Creating computer-generated images (known as CGI) may include taking images of an actor’s movements and then animating them into three-dimensional characters. Other animators design scenery or backgrounds for locations.
Artists and animators can further specialize within these fields. Within animated movies and video games, artists often specialize in characters or in scenery and background design. Video game artists may focus on level design: creating the look, feel, and layout for the levels of a video game.
Animators work in teams to develop a movie, a visual effect, or an electronic game. Each animator works on a portion of the project, and then the pieces are put together to create one cohesive animation.
Some special effects artists and animators create their work primarily by using computer software or by writing their own computer code. Many animation companies have their own computer animation software that artists must learn to use. Video game designers also work in a variety of platforms, including mobile gaming and online social networks.
Other artists and animators prefer to work by drawing and painting by hand and then translating the resulting images into computer programs. Some special effects artists use storyboards or “animatics,” which look like a comic strip, to help visualize the final product during the design process.

Whatever role you choose in the FVX career path, The main titles that you might come across include:
• compositing artist
• effects (FX) technical director (TD)
• FX animator
• multimedia artist
• VFX artist
• VFX supervisor.

Many special effects artists and animators put their creative work on the Internet. If the images become popular, these artists can gain more recognition, which may lead to future employment or freelance work.
Progression within the VFX industry is usually dependent on the amount of time you’ve worked in the industry, as well as the number of credits you’ve earned on films, television programs, adverts or games.
As you progress higher it’s not unusual for your role to become more specialized, meaning you’d probably focus on one area rather than a broad range. It’s fairly common for experienced VFX technical directors (TD) to move into pipeline and research and development roles. More senior VFX TDs can go on to become VFX supervisor.

A student is required to bring a passport photograph and two thousand naira for course registration.

A laptop is required (either Mac or PC) with a minimum operating system of 64 bit, 4GB RAM with a storage capacity of at least 350GB. We will walk you through installing the necessary software.

BASIC (4 Months) - ₦80,000

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