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u/stephanfleet · 1 pointr/vfx

Hey, while not directly a VFX book, I highly recommend reading this book, The Visual Story, by Bruce Block. I actually took his class back when I was in SC, and I think it's one of my hidden weapons that has given me an edge as a VFX Supervisor. Basically, it's all about how we perceive images on a 2D screen, and the chapters on Depth Cues would help you a lot here.

Here's my take on where you can go, from back to forward:

  1. Lens: I see you attempting to do some hazing, this is great, and indeed a depth cue, but the scale and focal length of your mountains seem off, which is throwing off the depth. The BG mountains look like they were shot on a really long lens, from far away, so they flatten out. But you're water and overall landscape feels like you want a wide angle lens shot. So you should shrink these mountains down considerably.

  2. Haze. I think you could push your overall haze a little further the deeper you go back. You could even do with some haze over your FG mountains. Especially at you contact point with the water. It looks better on the camera right side, where you have some white wash, anything you can do to get your FG mountains and water to connect better liike that will make them feel less cut out.

  3. Composition, take those two mountains just off center, stacked on one another, and move one or the other camera left or right so they're not so pyramidal-ly on top of each other. This will lead to some better composition.

  4. You may want to consider replacing your FG mountains as well. Your mountain types are very different from each other in terms of type and foliage, and these FG ones stand out pretty bad, you're also hard cutting in too the trees

  5. Someone mentioned focus. If you're going for a wide angle lens, you wouldn't have shallow DOF, but if you shoot wide open aperture (which you always are in cinema) then you would have softening at infinity. So assuming your ship is much closer to us, you could do with an overall soften on the mountains, and a ramped soften on the water the further you go back.

  6. Assuming your ship is moving, consider adding motion blur, on a regular shutter it would never be that in focus. Also some heat trails coming off the engines, and fire blasters from an X-Wing.

  7. Consider moving the ship closer to camera, more interesting composition. On top of that, possibly consider some FG clouds or something just to add even more depth and composition.

  8. Consider a slight reflection of the ship off the water.

  9. Overall you need color and luma balancing across the board. You need to match your black and white levels on everything. I think your BG mountains are the best integrated to the sky, so look at the whites in there, then look at the whites on your X-wing, they don't match color or luma. You're way to dark on the ship and have too much red and not enough magenta. Likewise your ship is far away enough to have the atmosphere start hitting it, so your blacks are too black. There's tons of tutorials on youtube for color matching.

  10. This is not a note, but I also recommend getting frame grabs of the latest starwars, or looking up stills of wide open environments. If you're not familiar with camera and photography, get familiar. That is the #1 thing that surprises me in VFX these days - lack of camera knowledge. In CG and 2D you can break all the rules and make impossible cameras. But generally you don't want to unless you are doing it intentionally. Like anything, you need to know and understand the rules before you can break them. Right now you have an impossible camera and it's probably frustrating to you that things feel cut out and don't quite click together. If you looked at this again and said, I want this to be a 24mm 35mm sized frame, shot wide open on a 180 degree shutter, you'd catch things like motion blur, depth cues, scale issues, etc.

    Hope this info helps!

u/greebly_weeblies · 2 pointsr/vfx

Ah dude. Software is just how things get done. It's the underlying concepts that you need to learn. Like in woodworking or any other craft, jobs get easier when you use the right tool for the job and know how to use them.

I've not used Blender but it has it's adherents. Personally, I tend to steer people towards Maya for general 3d applications, Houdini for it's procedural modelling and simulation toolset, and maybe zbrush if they're interested in sculpting detailed models. Whatever you choose, try to find a package with an active community you can ask questions in.

"cool VFX" is a super broad term. Maybe have a think about the kind of VFX you want to do and we can try to point you more directly towards what you want to achieve.

Maybe also borrow a copy of the VES Handbook from your local library. It'll give you a run down of most of the terms you might be interested in.

u/petesterama · 1 pointr/vfx

Damn, you are doing well for 15! If you did that minecraft video with AE, you will love nuke once you get used to the basics. For example you would be able to put markers on the ground (like some white tape) to help your track. And then nukes 3D system makes it super easy to clean them up afterwards by painting over them on one frame, and reprojecting it onto a card/plane representing your ground.

But don't just dive straight into tutorials on tools, its pretty important to understand all the underlying principles that everyone else has pointed out.

I recommend this book and a digital tutors subscription. Keep on doing your own projects like the minecraft one, so that everything you learn sinks in. Theres a shit tonne to learn, but its part of the fun!

BTW - Keep using AE for motion graphics, its tops for that. Nuke for compositing.

u/fatpads · 2 pointsr/vfx

There's not a lot freely availbe out there on Nuke. If you're willing to pay, check out They do really good courses, pretty affordable. However, if you've never used node-ased compositing, then see if you can get the concepts down with any Shake tutorials you can find.

Also, this book will set you up pretty well for the conepts of various compositing operations, which will realy help you out with a node-based workflow. Honestly, great book - worth every penny.

u/Brick7 · 10 pointsr/vfx

Zip. As others have said, free tutorials on the web might give you a foundation, but you really don't start learning until you're having to use your brain to solve the problems yourself on a day-to-day basis.

Tutorials tend to give you the solution and tell you which buttons to press, which sometimes leads to a false sense of security. What would be more beneficial is learning the theory behind what you're doing (The Art and Science of Digital Compositing is pretty good for this.)

u/lvl5ll · 2 pointsr/vfx

Always good to have some photoshop chops, but again, the theory is what's critical, not the software. In some ways, you may be better off jumping into Affinity (similar but newer package, very inexpensive and available on windows/mac) as it has some more current technical advantages that I won't bore you with, but It will also keep you from learning bandaid reliance on Photoshops often flawed, sometimes gimmicky, bells and whistles.

I now rarely touch Photoshop and professionally haven't for the last 3 years BUT tons of the ideas and skills I learned in it I transfer to Nuke every day. I also do have to talk and give input to peoples work, specifically digital matte painters, who are performing their tasks in Photoshop, so it's good to know their language. The important part is being able to convey the ideas across multiple software platforms.

Here's a book recommendation that will help you out:

Parts are going to be pretty dry but it's worth learning this way so that you have professional versatility and longevity :)

u/khanline · 1 pointr/vfx

Hi, I would recommend the same book i recommended the digital compositing handbook, I'd also look into Z-Brush, if you like monsters and dive into & for motivation and see what people are making.

Unless you are talking about physical VFX, then perhaps history in sculpture and makeup, this book is great

I bought that book for learning how to retouch photos better. The theory of lighting and shapes is very good.

u/kyoseki · 5 pointsr/vfx

No problem.

A solid understanding of python & logic also helps, but 90% of the dicking around you'll be doing will be in VEX, which is pretty much just vector math.

The handy thing about Houdini is that geometry operators and shaders are both written in the same language, so you can prototype operations in SOPs and then copy/paste the code/VOPs to the shader context and as long as you remember to handle the space transforms (shaders default to camera space, SOPs default to object space) everything just works.

This masterclass on fluid solvers is fantastic, it's what made DOPs really click for me, this is a good example of the math;

Other books worth reading; - full explanation of how fluid solvers work internally, probably overkill for most artists, but helpful if you want to break things, namely FLIP & Pyro. (this is quite old and deals solely with the old REYES algorithm, but contains a lot of information on how renderers work internally and a lot of it applies to VEX, which was designed to be very similar to RSL). This is an explanation of the workings of physically based renderers, but it's quite heavy going.

u/514SaM · 1 pointr/vfx

are you looking to learn a 3D software ? or just how to composite 3d footage ? there are a lot of 3d programs out there each has different learning curve,pros\cons . so it depends if you are doing it for yourself or planning on going into the vfx industry .
the best nuke tutorials (imo) are by FXPhd . vse handbook is a great book . if you are interested in vfx pipeline there is a great tutorial on digital tutors link .

u/okwg · 3 pointsr/vfx

This book is worth considering too. It may overlap with VES's book (I haven't read it) but since you mentioned compositing specifically, Ron Brinkmann's book is pretty much the best single resource that exists for people looking to learn compositing, and it's popular enough to actually be in libraries. You'd additionally need to learn some software (Nuke, advisedly) to apply it, of course.

u/Chaos3ory · 1 pointr/vfx

I don't really think saying "I'm damn certain I can do the work, that I can learn Nuke on my own..." is helping your cause. If you are so certain, make time and do it. Either join a VFX house as a runner or other entry level position and then use their kit (Flame) or build up a reel on your own. Here's a good book to start you off with Nuke, which is a beautiful program and also as many other people have pointed out, has a free PLE edition.

u/paxsonsa · 1 pointr/vfx

Color and Light - yes it's a painters book but the theory and ideas apply directly into compositing. (

Digital Compositing for Film - You are going to hear and read a lot fo stuff by Steve Wright. He basically is the man haha. This book is great because it teaches ideas no programs. EVERYTHING YOU COULD POSSIBLE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COMPOSITING IS IN THIS BOOK!(

For your last question, I did a while ago, i didn't work for them I worked with them. I now am employed by Prime Focus World.

u/coinmania · 2 pointsr/vfx

At this stage, what you should probably do is lock your script, create storyboards for the vfx shots/sequences and then put together a breakdown of the vfx shots you have plus the storyboards and send this breakdown out to several vfx studios to get bids for the work (and also the cost of having their vfx supervisor on-set). This book will give you a better idea of the vfx bidding / budgeting process
Also, you should find out if your film is eligible for any vfx tax breaks such as the DAVE tax credit in Canada. Those tax breaks can be significant and could influence you to go with a vfx studio in a certain country or state.

u/ShuffleCopy · 2 pointsr/vfx

Buy this book

The author has a lot of experience and he tells you everything there is to know about rotoscoping (all the different approaches and why one approach works better is specific situations etc, very complete).

Besides that it's easy and fun to read. I found it on eBay some time ago for 15 euros.

u/DerekVonSnitzel · 5 pointsr/vfx

Go for it. Your background in comp will help in fx too as most fx peeps can't comp for shit.

Comp requires much less Computer Graphics knowledge so you're probably gonna want to brush up on math, and general CG.

Is a great start.

u/HydeOut · 3 pointsr/vfx

Hey, I'm currently in a similar situation myself as a college student graduating next week. You said that you've only been in this for a month? Keep in mind that's still very early on in the game, and people learn at different rates.

You might not be able to cram and force yourself to learn everything you need to know at a faster rate. But that being said, as for multiple roto layers and multiple keys, it's about breaking it down and simplifying the plates to tackle them bits at a time. Sometimes one keyer won't be able to key everything well, so multiple keyers are used and then combined together.

I'd really recommend purchasing these two books (a bit pricey, but may very well be worth the investment):

VES Handbook of Visual Effects

The Art and Science of Digital Compositing

u/D4wn0ff473 · 3 pointsr/vfx

Match move is an art in its own right. If you want to learn Match move your best bet is to practice and understand the process. There are a few main factors that are extremely important when doing match move.

set measurements and accuracy

camera reports (lens, camera height, distance to wall and foreground actors, etc.) without this you may as well be rolling the dice and hoping an auto solve gets it right, which it wont.

plate distortion, a lens distorts the plate and in order to accurately match move you have to remove this distortion, which means you need lens grids to undistort the plate properly. Having it automatically guess the distortion is a crap shoot you need the distortion grids.

With all this in mind a close track is not an exact track and if you are getting a little slipping then you have to try again. The best way to learn is to try to get it right over and over again. There is no fool proof way to do any of this.

Compositing is a different beast, you should read this book:

I cannot recommend this book enough, it teaches you the math and why things are happening. And the math is the single most important part of compositing, if you understand the underlying equations in an over, plus, minus, difference, etc then you will not have to guess what is going to happen when you merge two images.

u/spookytus · 1 pointr/vfx

64 Gigs Corsair Vengeance for the ram.

As for the renderer, I'll be using Octane as my standard, go-to renderer (I believe the term was unbiased, if I'm remembering right).

The other one is up in the air, as I want a render program that will allow me to create a lot of psychedelic imagery as well as to adjust how materials act in regards to light (Think massive geodes, glass, machinescapes, and gems as well as cyberpunk-type stuff).

u/ninjame · 1 pointr/vfx

If your interested in learning more I would highly recommend this book for learning more.

A lowly film student who likes computers to much

u/VfxBusiness · 1 pointr/vfx

Oh man, you sent me down a rabbit hole of specs.

Turns out I was overspending on the RAM because the CPU's have a limit of usable Mhz, so I was considering a 3466Mhz RAM when that i7-7700K CPU only allows 2400Mhz for a DDR4.

Those i9 CPUs are awesome, 12 cores! literally 3 times my current PC, I'm now considering a i9-7920X, the Mobo is the GIGABYTE X299 AORUS Gaming 9, and the RAM is now the Corsair Vengeance LPX 64GB (4x16GB) DDR4 2666, which fits the i9 RAM requirement of 2666Mhz.

As the question about rendering, apparently the 460 isn't capable of doing GPU rendering, so I always go for CPU render.

Fun Fact: some time ago the GPU would crash and I would have to restart the PC to use it again. The Nvidia 460 only works properly with an specific driver (the 314.22), so, even if it is capable of GPU rendering, I can't make an update because it will crash all the time.

u/actjdawg · 6 pointsr/vfx

One book that has helped me a lot is The Art and Science of Digital Compositing. It's a great read that covers a massive range of things to keep in mind when trying to make something look realistic.

Amazon link:

u/nazbee · 2 pointsr/vfx

+1 for [Art and Science of Digital Compositing]

Heres a few more I can recommend:

Digital Compositing for Film and Video

[Production Pipeline Fundamentals for Film and Games]

[Maya Python for Games and Film]

[Introducing ZBrush 3rd Edition]

[Digital Modeling]

[The HDRI Handbook 2.0: High Dynamic Range Imaging for Photographers and CG Artists]

[Professional Photoshop: The Classic Guide to Color Correction, Fifth Edition]

[Understanding Exposure, Fourth Edition]

u/OverTheHorizonRadar · 3 pointsr/vfx

If you hit Look Inside here, you can see a good section of the book.

u/drknkook · 2 pointsr/vfx

Grab Art and Science of Digital Compositing by Ron Brinkman It'll give you an understanding of linear workflow. It's worth the money.

u/dagmx · 1 pointr/vfx

I'd look in to general anatomy books for artists, like this

and look at reference footage for animals:


There's not much in the way of CG specific literature unfortunately, so the best places to look are video reference and books that break down the anatomy. I don't know of anything outside veterinary books and general biology books that go in to properties of fur.

u/dejavont · 0 pointsr/vfx

Read this bookthen come back with any questions.

u/mediumsize · 2 pointsr/vfx

Also Alan Brinkmann's book The Art and Science of Compositing is an incredible resource :

u/DenisKrez · 1 pointr/vfx

In my opinion there are two books one has to read as a compositor. Add tons of online tutorials and a lot of practice and you're there.

1.The VES Handbook of Visual Effects.

2.The Art and Science of Digital Compositing.

u/andafez · 2 pointsr/vfx

Not necessarily motion designers, but anyone who works with video should read.
"The Art and Science of Digital Compositing" by Ron Brinkmann.

u/derjcmp · 2 pointsr/vfx

I was in the same position as you some months ago, someone on this sub suggested me to take a look at this book

No regrets, if you wan't to learn VFX and all his concepts I recommend that.

u/aromakat · 5 pointsr/vfx

It's a dull topic to learn, but necessary. Adobe does a bunch of things behind the curtains, which makes it more nebulous and confusing.

This is the book that helped me a lot.

Color Correction Handbook: Professional Techniques for Video and Cinema (2nd Edition) (Digital Video & Audio Editing Courses)