Published on Monday, 11 July 2011
Escape Studios offers an Online Mentored Course in compositing that follows the same
syllabus as the school’s Compositing for Production classroom course but is delivered
through an elearning platform over 40 weeks.
|The course is Nuke based, and students learn new techniques in Nuke, how to invisibly combine CG elements into live action video shots, and other skills aspiring compositors need to find work in compositing.
Each online mentored course offered by Escape Studios has a dedicated tutor to help and guide students through the course, via an integrated elearning platform where you can share work, contact tutors, or collaborate with other students. Available 24 hours a day, the platform allows you to study at convenient times. It also has links to Facebook and YouTube where you can also show your work and chat with other students.
|The mentored course assumes a certain level of computer skill, and a free Graphics Primer online course has been designed to help students with no previous experience in CG to gain some context before training. A twelve month student licence of Nuke is supplied to all students once they are signed up for the course.
You should be prepared to dedicate about 15 hours a week to complete this course, can be a demanding schedule. It comprises 38 weeks of tuition with regular breaks. Each week starts with a video lesson, presented in a five to six minute session, and an assigned project. At the end of the week, projects are submitted online for review by the tutor, who provides detailed, five to ten minute feedback videos to each student. Footage is supplied to use for course work. Apart from communications and sharing work, the elearning ‘virtual classroom’ platform is the place to access all assignments, tutorials, source files and background notes, and view other student’s tutor commentaries.
After the course, you can participate in unlimited showreel sessions with staff at Escape Studios, and Escape’s recruitment department gives advice on your CV and showreel, job applications and interviews. Jobs you are likely to qualify for are Junior Compositor, rotoscope artist and Paint and Prep Artist. However, many students are in full time work and study, and may already be student or graduate compositors who want to add skills, VFX artists who need both 2D and 3D skills, or filmmakers improving their projects.
Escape Studios has also started a mentored course in visual effects, run on the same principles. Like the courses held on campus, the content aims to align with industry standards and what is expected of prospective employees. The school maintains ties with industry through its teaching staff, who are currently working in post production, animation and visual effects, and also through its software and hardware supply department, another part of the company, where they keep up to date with what is new and what companies are using on projects.
The VFX course started up in October last year but the compositing course only began in May with a group of about 15 students. The next start date is 29 August 2011. On 4 August Davi Stein, Escape’s compositing tutor, will present a Compositing Open Day explaining what is taught in Escape Studios’ compositing courses and explain what skills she believes are essential to learn. She has worked as Senior Compositor on ‘The Dark Knight’, ‘Where the Wild Things Are’, 'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader', ‘The Matrix Reloaded’ and 'The Matrix Revolutions', and other projects. www.escapestudios.co.uk