In response to a huge government and private initiative, a large cross section of people from many of the top of the VFX facilities in the UK got together in 2011 to define what was the most crucial things for educators and students in VFX to know. What did industry really want their staff to know ? What do people in VFX really need to know to do their jobs well. They created a bible for anyone studying VFX in any capacity and it was called the Core Skills of VFX.
In the wake of this document, many things about training artists for vfx changed. For returning prof Tahl Niran, it was a major turning point in how he approached training. Visual effects training is often designed to get people ‘up and running’ with software, make pretty images or just get people feeling comfortable with a complicated application. But underneath every system which creates, manipulates or even displays images is a very simple set of core ideas. Identifying and understanding these is the key to a truly deep understanding of visual effects compositing.
Enter VFX Foundations I, the first of a two-part course here at fxphd. It is a course designed for EVERYONE, from an absolute beginner to a career visual effects professional. No matter what you know or think you know about working with images using a computer this course will give you a better grasp of what those buttons sliders and nodes are truly doing. If you're in visual effects, regardless of your level, this course should be a requirement.