Shooting for visual effects: Boot camp aims to improve skils

Posted on 14 February 2014

The University of York is hosting a hands-on visual effects course aimed at tutors delivering VFX teaching at UK institutions.

Based in the University’s superb £30m Department of Theatre, Film and Television, course participants will have access to world-class facilities and industry-standard equipment.

The VFX Tutor Boot Camp – Shooting for Visual Effects course on 24 and 25 March, is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the National Lottery via the BFI and the Skills Investment Fund (SIF).

The course will cover professional workflows and working practices, and production for visual effects-based projects including camera requirements, screen lighting and spill suppression, lighting and matching backplates, on-set visualisation methods, footage acquisition, back-up and preparation for VFX and asset management. 

It is led by Senior Lecturer and Visual Effects Producer John Mateer and supported by industry specialists including VFX Supervisor Jamie Lochead (Mrs Brown’s Boys, Lost in Space), VFX Supervisor Ben Louden (The Knife That Killed Me, Sparks and Embers), and 3D Artist and Digital Imaging Technician (DIT) specialist Andy Jones (The Knife That Killed Me, Residue).  The course also features an evening with industry veteran Stephen Nixon (Godzilla 2014, Man of Steel, Avatar).

John Mateer, from the Department of Theatre, Film and Television, said:  “This is very much a hands-on course where participants go through all stages of production using industry-standard cameras from Red and Sony in a professional studio environment. By the end of the two day bootcamp course participants will have a solid understanding of all of the considerations of shooting for visual effects and pick up some useful tricks as well."

The Department of Theatre, Film and Television offers a media complex of two theatres, two television studios, a large sound stage, production labs, extensive post-production facilities and a digital cinema, as well as rehearsal and changing rooms.