VFX Producing 101
With today's VFX production getting more demanding and ambitious - while the schedule and budgets get ever tighter - it's apparent that the next generation of Producers needs to be more VFX savvy than ever if they're to manage and deliver the shows on time and on budget. Increasingly, independent filmmakers utilising visual effects in their films by tapping into VFX teams globally are realising the need to have a VFX producing hat on in order to do this successfully.
This is a course for anyone interested in the field of visual effects production management or who is currently looking to make the step up into VFX producing - whether you are a VFX Co-coordinator, assistant or even a VFX Artist looking to make the transition into the VFX management side of things. By the end of the course you will have the knowledge-base and hands-on experience with ftrack to do just that.
The class days are a mixture of lectures backed with existing case studies, and hands on workshops for everyday VFX producer tasks.
Course members will receive an extended license of ftrack to try out commercially on projects they embark on during or after the course.
- Have a keen interest in visual effects and film making
- Understand basic film making process or what filmmaking is basically.
- Computer literate
Students will finish the course armed with the knowledge and hands on experience of VFX production to be able to go into VFX Co-ordinating if starting out or move into VFX producer roles if already a co-ordinator looking to make that leap in their careers.
Day 1 :
- Introduction and overview to Visual Effects Pipeline.
- Basic overview of VFX tools and tech used on most productions.
- What does a VFX Co-ordinator and VFX Producer do, the responsibilities and some case studies.
- Breaking down a script and creating a VFX breakdown for a ballpark budget. - HANDS ON WORKSHOP (with existing script / project to breakdown)
- Project managing a VFX project from bidding, winning the job and delivering right through to the finals (also how to work with post department for Online Editorial and Grading).
- TV Broadcast series VFX - VFX Spotting sessions, creating a VFX bid from the Offline edit and presenting a quote.
- Working with a Fixed Bid - The Do’s and Don’ts
- Setting up naming conventions for the project. Project folder structure and formats.
- Setting a VFX Database ( Uses ftrack as the example, but the methods and layout is software agnostic and would also work in shotgun or even google docs) - HANDS ON WORKSHOP
- Managing the VFX Database you have created.
- Setting up dailies for vfx supervisors / leads / clients to review work (best methods for gathering client feedback).
- Note taking (Clarity of notes to Artists) and assigning tasks to artists on a production (along with scheduling shots etc).
- Tracking shot production, daily reports and deliverables to clients via the VFX Database.
- How to manage client and internal “Revisions” on VFX shots.
- Tracking artist time / logging time to cross reference available budget and how to manage that.
- Resources, building your team of internal and external talent and how to manage them through the project.
- Contracts, paperwork and ensuring there is always a paper trail ( or email trail) to every information about the project (always be the first with the info).
- Keeping track of the budget, keeping track of all projects across your studio, internal costs, P+L, Markups (to ensure your studio doesn’t go broke after a project!)
- Next steps to moving into VFX Production and applying for job positions at studios and recruitment tips (what I look for when I’m hiring a VFX Production person).
Do I need to bring anything to the course?It’s advisable to bring a pen and some notepaper. Otherwise, all you need is a receptive mind and your energy and enthusiasm.
Is lunch provided?We keep you replenished with teas, coffee, biscuits and fruit. We don’t provide lunch – although there are a number of sandwich shops, cafes, restaurants close by, as well as a supermarket.
What if I have to cancel?If you cancel more than 20 working days before the course date, you will get a full refund. If you cancel with less than 20 days' notice, or once the course has been confirmed, the full course fees are still due. We will however endeavour to get you onto to a future course as and when we have a spare space. Although this cannot be guaranteed and will usually involve you being offered the place at short notice, we have a great track record of making sure people get their training – even it takes a bit of time.
Cancellations must be in writing and must be received at least 10 working days prior to the course date or the full fee will be charged. DV Talent reserves the right to cancel courses at any time (e.g. if there are insufficient enrolments) without liability, and delegates will be offered an alternative date or full refund. In booking a course, you are acknowledging you have read and accepted our Terms and Conditions.