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Apprenticeship training course

Junior 2D artist (visual effects) (level 4)

Assist senior visual effects (VFX) artists with the integration of live action footage and computer generated imagery to create images for TV and film.

Qualification level
4
Equivalent to higher national certificate (HNC).
Typical duration
18 months
Apprenticeship category
Creative and design
Maximum funding
£9,000
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • concept artists
  • visual artist
  • viusal designer
Skills
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Select and use appropriate software tools and techniques
  • Use appropriate techniques to reduce degradation of the source material. The quality of the filmed footage should always be retained.
  • Use appropriate VFX terminology
  • Show competence in at least one industry standard compositing system
  • Convert between common colour spaces
  • Select the appropriate colour space for the given task
  • Combine images from multiple colour spaces
  • Apply colour adjustments at the correct stage of the composite, using non-destructive adjustments where possible
  • Reproduce simple compositing operations with equivalent maths expressions
  • Select and use the appropriate pixel bit depth format for the task
  • Correctly use (un)pre-multiplication for colour correction or transformation operations.
  • Demonstrate how to build efficient workflows and identify how to improve efficiency in existing workflows
  • ·Build workflows with flexibility in mind, to be able to quickly respond to changes to the brief
  • Use labels, colour and thumbnails to effectively document workflows to enable sharing of workflows amongst the team
  • Accurately bid/estimate how long tasks will take
  • Complete tasks within the time allocated
  • Generate mattes by roto-scoping and luminance, difference and colour keying
  • Produce accurate roto-scope by correctly placing shapes, control points and keyframes
  • Accurately replicate motion blur within the roto-scope generated matte
  • Use point and planar tracking to increase roto-scope efficiency
  • Combine several matte generation techniques to produce a consistent matte for the shot
  • Produce a range of mattes for various uses - garbage, articulate roto- scope, soft and hard keys
  • Use patching techniques to remove unwanted objects within the live action footage
  • Use frame-by-frame painting to remove unwanted objects within the live action footage
  • Demonstrate consistency of paint strokes across all frames to ensure a smooth result
  • Accurately remove wires, rigs, tracking markers and camera/lighting equipment
  • Use appropriate techniques to remove dust and scratches from live action footage
  • Create accurate point tracks
  • Create accurate planar tracks
  • Correctly remove lens distortion to improve accuracy of tracking
  • Apply appropriate colour corrections to seamlessly blend several elements
  • Use various retiming techniques to slow down or speed up the source footage, including cleaning of any image errors that may be created by the software tools
  • Apply transformations and image warping to seamlessly blend elements
  • Able to build a simple 3D scene, including cameras, simple geometry and projection cameras
  • Produce a virtual camera that matches a simple live action camera move by using ‘match-moving’ software tools
  • Extract 2d co-ordinates and 3d planes from match-moved cameras and scenes in order to place new images into the shot footage in perfectly matched perspective
  • Complete basic composites demonstrating keying, colour grading, re- timing and screen insertion
  • Complete basic live action and CGI composites demonstrating set extensions and simple CGI objects integrated into live action elements using multiple render passes
  • Effectively break a shot into smaller tasks that can be completed by other team members
  • Produce briefs that accurately describe the tasks, including time estimates
  • Review the work provided by other team members and give accurate and clear feedback

Full information on Junior 2D artist (visual effects) (level 4) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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