Advanced Skills Required to Become a Professional VFX Compositor

A VFX Compositor is a 3D artist saddled with the job of creating realistic effects by combining the live action and computer-generated images to form a believable scene. A VFX Compositor is about the most talented person that would work on a VFX film or a tv commercial that makes use of a lot of visual effects. Read 8 Skills Needed to Become a Professional VFX Compositor.

8 Skills Needed to Become a Professional VFX Compositor

Becoming a VFX compositor would need some form of formal education like attending an animation academy and training in VFX or following a VFX course. However, just like any skill, classroom education alone would not make an exceptional VFX Compositor. MAAC Ahmedabad offers the best vfx training to students and also help them to get the best job placements according to their skills and talents to get the best start in their Professional Careers. Here are some skills needed to become a professional VFX compositor by a student who intends to be a sought-after VFX compositor. Below we have described a few of them.

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1. Detail Orientation

The more detail oriented a student is, then there are more chances of student’s succeeding as a VFX Compositor. Being detail oriented is all about being informed of the small drops that make the mighty sea as against just taking in the big picture at surface level. Being Detail oriented involves double-checking your work, every frame, every light information, every render pass, every angle, every shadow. You have to be able to see what the watcher would not look at a single glance.

2. Photography

To become a professional VFX Compositor, you have to understand how the camera works and how camera images differ from moulded images. You have to understand the camera sensors, camera exposure, aperture, depth of field, shutter speed, camera lenses focal length and aperture, camera autofocus, white balance, sharpness, image noise, bit depth, sensor sizes and dynamic range.

Also, you need to understand how digital cameras differ from the human eye and how camera sensor sizes influence photography. The more in-depth a student knows about photography, the better his chances of being a good VFX Compositor.

3. Photographic Eye Training

You need to have a photographic eye to visualize the flow of images in the best possible way, and you need to be able to visualize the level of contrast, light, color, and most importantly the framing of the scene to become a professional VFX compositor. A lot of a VFX compositor work is executed based on visualization, and references are not complete enough to include information on most parts that make up a scene such as color and light, all these are left for the VFX compositor to visualize.

4. Rules of Composition

Many of rules apply to composition, all of which a VFX compositor must be familiar with. Such rules include the rule of thirds, leading lines, symmetry and patterns, balancing elements, viewpoint principles, background, framing, depth and cropping. Every composition work would depend on most of those principles and rules to be realistic and believable. The rules of composition are the primary determinant of the composition quality.

5. Color Theory

Color theory is a body of useful guidance to color mixing and the VFX of a specific color combination. Due to contrasts, most color effects are on three relevant attributes that define all colors:

  1. Lightness: The degree of white or black in a scene, in other words, the degree of light or darkness in a scene.
  2. Saturation: The quality of color in a scene, the dullness or the intensity of a color.
  3. Hue: Hue is the main properties of a color, defined as “the degree to which a stimulus can be defined as similar to or different from stimuli that are described as red, blue, green and yellow. Hue is basically determining the amount of red, blue, green and yellow in a particular color that makes up the color. Based on the color theory, this colors would be classified into primary and complementary colors, achromatic colors, warm and cool colors, shades and tints. Other vital issues like color mixing, color harmony, color field, additive colors, color wheel and color scheme would be discussed. It is important for a VFX Compositor to be well informed of the color theory.

6. Cinematography

Cinematography is important for a VFX Compositor just like photography. In fact, the cinematography is the art or science of motion picture photography it is the technique of movie photography, which including both the shooting and development of the film. The cinematographer could be referred to as the film director’s main visual collaborator. Mastering the features of cinematography such as image sensor and filters, film stock, lens, depth of field and focus, framing, aspect ratio, lighting and camera movement would create strong support for a VFX Compositor.

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7. Software Tool Mastery

VFX compositing requires the use of compositing software tools, while most of the compositing software such as Fusion, Nuke, Photoshop and After effects and composite all seem to have tool similarity. It is important for a VFX Compositor to be very familiar with a compositing software of choice and master this software tools. Just knowing the underlying mathematics of compositing, having a photographic eye and color theory without mastering the compositing tools with which you would be required to display all the relevant knowledge would still eventually become a wasted effort.

8. Excellent Work Ethics

In this Multimedia Industry, one sign of good VFX Compositor is his excellent work ethics. No matter how developed a VFX compositor is, his work ethic would still either move him or truncate his profession. Being a good team player, learning to take criticism, meeting deadlines, keeping communication lines open, working with low supervision, managing stress, originality is just a few of the work ethics required for a VFX Compositor and indeed anyone working in this animation industry.

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