View Full Version : How to Get Started in Compositing?

01 January 2005, 07:32 AM
It has been my dream for a long time working on visual FX on feature films and after dabbling with 3D animation, Ive decided to pursue a career in compositing. I've been playing around with After Effects lately and have been enjoying it, but I want to take it to the next level.

So Ive enrolled in a class at UCLA extension in after effects. However I wonder if I am just wasting my time if FX companies use programs like Flame or Shake. I figure that I could use my knowledge that I gain in After Effects as a starting point to get me going and get a portfolio going to move into Shake. Does that make any sense? Or should I try to jump right into Shake at a school like Gnomon? Any advice or help you could give me would be greatly appreciated.

01 January 2005, 06:38 PM
Start using Shake as soon as you can.
Until then learn everything Photoshop and After Effects you can. Just remember, compositing is an art not a software package. Shake just has a very elegant way of going about it.

01 January 2005, 01:15 PM
First you con read:
The art and Science of Digital Compositing
Ron Brinkmann

by pemy

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