Skill Level Intermediate
- In your lifetime, visual effects has gone from being a secret and highly specialized craft known to only a very few people to being a craft that can be picked up pursued and mastered by just about anyone. Now, sure, there are a lot of tutorials out there that allow you to recreate specific effects on a specific shot, and if you do enough of them, you can probably start to pick up the underlying techniques that are behind them. I want my After Effects Compositing Essentials courses to be accessible to anyone who understands the basics of using Adobe After Effects, and in this course, I give you an overview of how to go about using those five other courses here at Lynda.com to learn to create specific types of shots.
Now if yo are more of a beginner, this course is a great place to start, and even if you are more advanced, this will help you understand how those other courses go together, and where to look to go further. I also offer a few extra techniques not found in those courses. So in these courses my focus is on helping you get quickly down to the information you need to know to start recreating visual effects on your own shots and bringing a Hollywood, feature film quality to the work that you do. The movie that we're watching here is the one that inspired me to start writing books about visual effects, The Day After Tomorrow.
I passionately believe that everyone should learn how to composite, but of course I also realize that the complicated process of taking elements from one scene or one source and matching them to a completely different scene, and everything else that goes along with an illusion that fools the eye, it's not for everyone. Here I offer a quick way to getting going, whether you're making your first shots, or are a master of a relate but separate craft, such as editing or design.
My only assumption is that you want to tell stories using amazing moving images. The art of assembling those images is the art of a compositor, and I want to show you how to be a great one. Whether you focus on matching, tracking, keying, roto, or any of the specific situations that come up all the time. From skillfully adjusting color and light, to comping fire. In visual effects it's often said that someone has a good eye as if it were some kind of physical attribute that you are just simply born with.
Now the truth is that no one is born with or starts with as good an eye for visual effects as each of us has after we've spent a significant amount of time learning how the world works, how the world looks through a camera, and how to recreate what we see.