ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA — Aspiring visual effects artists have an opportunity to learn the basics of compositing through a new course offered by Rising Sun Pictures (www.rsp.com.au), here. “Introduction to Compositing for Feature Films” will be taught by RSP senior compositor Paul Kirwan, whose film credits include Gravity, The Great Gatsby, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and
The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Compositing is a fundamental skill for visual effects artists and the starting point for many visual effects careers. This intensive, 10-week course provides an introduction to The Foundry’s Nuke, one of the industry’s most widely used compositing software, and grounding in day-to-day tasks performed by compositing artists with a focus on feature films.
The course is suitable for beginning artists, ages 13 and older, for experienced artists unfamiliar with Nuke, and for media educators who wish to learn current pipelines and software used in film production. Students will gain practical, hands-on experience and learn from a highly skilled working professional in a demanding, fast-paced and fun environment. The course includes a tour of RSP and a special presentation on the visual effects industry in the company’s theatre.
Course materials are supplied by The Foundry, the developer of Nuke. Software, shots and lesson content are included.
The course will cover:
- a background to digital imagery, including file formats, color-space and multi-channel images
- the Nuke interface and basic compositing scripts
- tracking, keying, filters, color correction and layering operations
- the use of paint and rotoscoping for plate preparation and clean-up
- compositing multi-channel CG renders
- shot polish, including grain and lens artifacts
- the basics of compositing
Beginning Tuesday, October 13th, the course will consist of 10 three-hour class sessions from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Classes will be held at Rising Sun Pictures and enrollment is available through Everbrite at (https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/nuke-basics-with-rsps-paul-kirwan-10-week-evening-course-tickets-17932332088). The first five students to enroll will received a discount on tuition.