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01 January 2009, 01:50 AM (

Hello everyone,

Senior Compositor, 2D Technical Director and digital compositing author Steve Wright is back with his Compositing With Shake CGWorkshop. Below is Steve's personal message to you all;

Hi, my name is Steve Wright and I am offering the Shake Compositing workshop for CGSociety. I am a 20 year veteran of visual effects compositing for over 60 feature films and 70 television commercials and I have written two popular books on compositing. This website has links to my feature film credits, my professional website, and my two books on if you would like to learn more. I would like to tell you a bit about the Shake Workshop we are offering so you can decide if its right for you.

Click on the image below to view an introductory video about this workshop. (

The Shake Compositing workshop is designed for digital artists that have already learned the basics of how to run Shake and are ready to go to the next level and gain some experience on how to use it in real production jobs. While you will certainly learn more about Shake in this workshop, the focus is on technique - the stuff you don’t get in manuals and takes years of production experience to learn. If you do not yet know Shake you can learn it quickly and inexpensively from my Shake tutorials at (

You will learn the “divide and conquer” strategy of combining multiple keys for the best possible bluescreen and greenscreen shots as well as how to composite multi-pass CGI elements that are the current state-of-the art in the visual effects industry. We will then explore not only how to do photo-realistic color correction of the different layers of a composite, but all of the other attributes of a composite you have to get right to maintain photorealism. There is extensive training on how to pull mattes in as many ways as possible, a key skill in compositing, and since most of you will be working with video footage, the trails and tribulations of working with video are covered.

Each week you will download videos that walk you through the core skills of compositing visual effects shots, then there are exercises for you to complete and turn in for my review and comments. You will get comments and tips based on your personal level of expertise as I evaluate your individual exercise.

I am particularly proud of the videos for this workshop. You get a total of 6 hours and 48 minutes of high quality, high resolution training videos, plus all the project media for the workshop. The exercises are challenging and allow you to apply what you learned in the videos to real world images then have your work reviewed by an industry professional.

While Apple has ceased to support Shake, it would be a mistake to think that Shake is dead. First of all, it is still used in the vast majority of visual effects studios today, and will be for some time to come. Second, it is a world-class node-based compositing program that you can purchase for only $499 while comparable professional programs cost $2500 and up. You can learn visual effects compositing with Shake at minimal cost, then get a job in a visual effects studio even if they use another compositing program because if you know Shake a potential employer knows Shake is node-based like Combustion, Digital Fusion, and the others. If all you know is Adobe After Effects you will find it very difficult to get a job in a studio using a node-based compositor as they are completely different.

So come join us in the Shake Compositing Workshop to learn how to use Shake for real visual effects compositing. You will find the classes interesting, challenging, rewarding, and fun. And when you are done you will have a powerful new skill to help you get that job in the visual effects industry like so many others.

Student numbers will be strictly limited to 35 places only. For more details and enrolment information go to Compositing with Shake with Steve Wright (

Course Begins: 16 February 2009
Course Ends: 12 April 2009
Weeks: 8
Fee: USD $499.00

Registration closes: 13 Febraury 2009. CGSociety Members receive a 5% (US$24.50) discount on all CGWorkshops’ courses. Go here to learn more about member benefits (

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