Deciding on a Career in VFX Filmmaking

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VFX  filmmaking or Visual Effects Filmmaking has evolved into one of the top career choices today. The Entertainment industry has reached at the peak and is still on the rise. As a result,VFX have grown at a faster rate promising tremendous growth potential in the coming years. Most teenagers today choose VFX career, influenced by their love for movies and thinks of it as a most exciting, challenging creative career.

VFX dominates a wide area of the entertainment industry such as:

  • TV and Film Production
  • Game Designing
  • App Development
  • Advertising
  • Animation
  • Product Designing
  • Web Designing
  • Internet Applications
  • Space and Medical Research
  • Educational Industry

Big budget blockbusters are created with the help of VFX. Titanic, Avatar, The Jungle Book, Life of Pi, Jurassic Park, Transformers, Avengers, Harry Potter Series and The Chronicles of Narnia are all VFX wonders. Also many successful television shows such as The Game of Thrones, X-files, Firefly, Walking Dead etc. run on the magic created by VFX. In a nutshell, all the interesting things you see on-screen from zombie slaying, to flying dragons, to tsunamis and end of the world apocalypses, to flying objects, superpowers and sorcery are the end products of sheer VFX brilliance combined with great team effort.

But to be a part of this exciting career, you must be well aware of the technical know-how of this field. Creativity is one thing but in order to excel in VFX and maintain a career in post-production for television and movies, you must know the basics and should have an apt knowledge in various tools and software. For this you have to enroll in any Bachelors, Masters or Diploma program in VFX from any institutions in or across the country. The program will guide you through the basics of 3D Modelling, 2D Image Manipulation, Animation, Color Grading, Compositing, Rendering, Masking, Lighting, Computer Graphics, Visual Effects, Tracking, Painting, SFX, Motion Graphics, Texture Mapping, Digital Painting,  Pyro techniques,Environment Creation, Film Studies, Audio Post-production, Video editing and much more in detail.

An exceptional portfolio with a professional demo reel is what you need to start with. Your demo reel can be more effective than your resume itself as it can sell yourself by showing the quality of your work, complexity of the shots you have worked on, your work range, creativity and dedication. VFX  opens door to a wide range of jobs for its graduates and one can always seek a job according to his/her specialisation and key area of interest.Some of the thriving jobs in this field are as follows:

  • VFX Artist
  • VFX Supervisor
  • VFX Director
  • Roto Artist
  • Layout Artist
  • Lighting Artist
  • Match Move Artist
  • Digital Paint Artist
  • Graphics Artist
  • Texturing Artist
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Previs Artist
  • Concept Artist
  • Dynamics Artist
  • Visualizer
  • Modeller
  • Animator
  • Rigger
  • Runner
  • Plate Supervisor
  • CG Supervisor
  • Technical Director
  • Render Wangler
  • Matte Painter
  • Producer
  • Compositor
  • Art Director
  • Design Specialist
  • Audio and Video Editor
  • Illustrator
  • Production Manager

Despite the fact that there are a number of job opportunities aligned for your future in the field of VFX, each position has its own pros and cons. Patience, hardwork and extreme attention to detail are the key skills that can put you through this field. The success of a VFX artistis achieved when the viewer is not able to tell the difference between reality and made-up shots. In order to achieve this, artists have to be extremely careful in matching the lighting, texture, color and placement of visual elements in each scene and give it a more natural setting throughout the movie. Working for hours in studios, day and night staring at computer screens, in a haste to meet with deadlines- this job can be quite challenging for young minds. Here creativity is more of a requirement than a skill. You will be judged based on your artistic and problem solving skills. Besides, you will have the chance to work with famous directors and professionals in the industry.

Lucrative salary that promises a substantial hike in accordance to the experience level of the artist is another advantage of this career.Also for those artists, who are not happy with working in a controlled studio environment, freelancing is the best option. Companies world-wide are head hunting new talents in VFX each day with contract-based projects offering higher wages. In a world which loves to and to be entertained, there is no stopping for budding young talents to make a mark in a creative career like VFX filmmaking.

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