Originally Posted by Sixslow
I don't have the slightest clue how to look for a school for visual effects or even how to research it online to find tutorials so i can learn a little bit at home... how would i go abouts doing this?
also, ... what programs do you need to do visual effects ?
last one, what are some of the main skills you need to become a successfull creator of VFX.
Thank you very much for your time
I would contact the Gnomon School of Visual Effects. They are fantastic. Even if you do not choose to join them, you can see what kinds of stuff you should be looking for.
Of course there are the USC and UCLA film schools and their VFX Clubs that could help you as well.
I would also ask around on these forums for advice on what are good schools or ways to learn or get a foot in the doer.
And then there is always that old tested chestnut, working for free at a VFX company when you can spare the time in exchange for some training.
The programs you need to know depend entirely upon what it is you are trying to accomplish. Loads of programs = loads of solutions. I would not worry about that right now though as it changes as you decide what you want to do... you may want to be a shader writer or a compositor or lighter or do it all... so just start talking to people, like in this forum for example, sharing what you want to do and they can guide you to the right programs to use.
And for you last question, well, what a great way to get me to summarize my whole overview!
I feel that you need to learn to see. You need to learn to problem solve. You need to learn how to think on your feet. To not be afraid to experiment. To be able to hold the ideal of the end product in your head so you can see the bits and pieces that you need when they show themselves to you or what you have to create. You need to love what you are doing so that you derive joy from doing it! You need to really be a fan so that you can ask about it, study it, and never stop learning how to do it! Remember: Always be thristing for more because that is growth! The joy is in the jouney...
Those are the tools that I think you need to be a successfull supervisor! Oh, and one more thing: The ability to create! Think large, think where no one has gone before, do not acknowledge the limiations and just do it!