Visual Effects Animation

Brief 1 VIsual Effects Portfoilio

Brief 1 Visual Effects Portfolio









Visual Effects Animation Brief2

Visual Effects Animation Brief 2 Available Here:









Week1- Introduction to Course and Animated Gifs

Creating a Blog on Blackboard

I’ll put up a tutorial on this ASAP.

Tutorial: Creating a Gif using Photoshop

This is a quick overview of the stuff we covered in class. Photoshop animation layers, roto setups etc…

Brief 1: Create a Rotoscoped animation 3-5 seconds long. Make it loop or as close as possible. Dimensions should 400px X 400px and 10 frames per second (FPS). Use Photoshop for your animation. Save as a GIF. Post Result to Blackboard Deadline: Monday 25th September

Example Gif Images:


Image from Tutorial in class.

Setting up a Blog on Blackboard:



Rotoscoping animation:

Example: Waking Life:

Example: Thought of You:

Example: Lemonaf=de:

Tutorial: Rotoscoping

Rotoscoping is a really quick way of getting an animation down and a very good way of working with reference footage. You should either shoot the footage yourself but use it in a creative way. Final production should be rendered at either 1280×720 (standard HD) or 1920x1080px (Full HD). Use a 10 frames per second time rate. Animations should be 5-10 seonds in length and looping and in mp4 format Final animations should be uploaded to Vimeo and linked to your blackboard blog page.

Week4- 3d Layering in After Effects and Photoshop

Tutorial- Recap on what was demonstrated in class:


Link to 3d Planes Archive:

Images: Images of note:

Tutorial: Matte Painting Example:


Links of Note:



Composition: This is a link to some composition theory. It is a comprehensive enough breakdown of techniques. You should consider these when creating shots for film at all times.

Depth Cues:

Inspiration and Advice:

Where to Start:

  • Create thumbnails of various ideas for a Matte painting. You should base the outcome on either of the two themes provided.
  • Produce a larger more in depth version of one or two of these Matte ideas.
  • Breakdown of the elements needed to produce the matte painting.
  • Plan on how each of these elements will be created or sourced.
  • Plan for the camera movement in the scene.
  • Gather as many of these resources as possible.
Week6- Projection Mapping

Tutorial: projection Mapping in After Effects and Photoshop

Green Screen Dude for Turoial Available here

Green Screening

Tutorial: SOme really good tips on working with bad Green Screens:

Last of the Portfolio pieaca

Reference: Some thoughts and ideas for blending live action and 2d animation:

Some more tips and ideas:


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