VFX Producing 101 - £475.00 £275.00

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With today's VFX production getting more demanding and ambitious - while the schedule and budgets get ever tighter - it's apparent that the next generation of Producers needs to be more VFX savvy than ever if they're to manage and deliver the shows on time and on budget. Increasingly, independent filmmakers utilising visual effects in their films by tapping into VFX teams globally are realising the need to have a VFX producing hat on in order to do this successfully.

This is a course for anyone interested in the field of visual effects production management or who is currently looking to make the step up into VFX producing - whether you are a VFX Co-coordinator, assistant or even a VFX Artist looking to make the transition into the VFX management side of things. By the end of the course you will have the knowledge-base and hands-on experience with ftrack to do just that.

The class days are a mixture of lectures backed with existing case studies, and hands on workshops for everyday VFX producer tasks.

Course members will receive an extended license of ftrack to try out commercially on projects they embark on during or after the course.

Who's it for? 

Who it's VFX Co-ordinators or Artists currently in the industry wanting to brush up on their skills with the ability to move into VFX producer role. Anyone inside and outside the industry interested in working within VFX production roles. Production companies, Directors and even executives keen to understand the visual effects production process for budgeting and scheduling.
 

Pre-requisites 

  • Have a keen interest in visual effects and film making
  • Understand basic film making process or what filmmaking is basically.
  • Computer literate

 

Course Content

Students will finish the course armed with the knowledge and hands on experience of VFX production to be able to go into VFX Co-ordinating if starting out or move into VFX producer roles if already a co-ordinator looking to make that leap in their careers.

Day 1 :

  • Introduction and overview to Visual Effects Pipeline.
  • Basic overview of VFX tools and tech used on most productions.  
  • What does a VFX Co-ordinator and VFX Producer do, the responsibilities and some case studies.
  • Breaking down a script and creating a VFX breakdown for a ballpark budget. - HANDS ON WORKSHOP (with existing script / project to breakdown)
  • Project managing a VFX project from bidding, winning the job and delivering right through to the finals  (also how to work with post department for Online Editorial and Grading).
  • TV Broadcast series VFX -  VFX Spotting sessions, creating a VFX bid from the Offline edit and presenting a quote.  
  • Working with a Fixed Bid  - The Do’s and Don’ts
  • Setting up naming conventions for the project.  Project folder structure and formats.
  • Setting a VFX Database ( Uses ftrack as the example, but the methods and layout is software agnostic and would also work in shotgun or even google docs) -  HANDS ON WORKSHOP

 

Day  2:

  • Managing the VFX Database you have created. 
  • Setting up dailies for vfx supervisors / leads / clients to review work (best methods for gathering client feedback).
  • Note taking (Clarity of notes to Artists) and assigning tasks to artists on a production (along with scheduling shots etc).
  • Tracking shot production, daily reports and deliverables to clients via the VFX Database.
  • How to manage client and internal  “Revisions” on VFX shots.
  • Tracking artist time / logging time to cross reference available budget and how to manage that.
  • Resources, building your team of internal and external talent and how to manage them through the project.
  • Contracts, paperwork and ensuring there is always a paper trail ( or email trail) to every information about the project (always be the first with the info).
  • Keeping track of the budget, keeping track of all projects across your studio,  internal costs, P+L, Markups  (to ensure your studio doesn’t go broke after a project!)
  • Next steps to moving into VFX Production and applying for job positions at studios and recruitment tips (what I look for when I’m hiring a VFX Production person).

 

Venue & Times

Location:             DV Talent
                             6 Waterson Street
                             Shoreditch
                             London
                             E2 8HL

Times:                 10am - 5.pm                          

Dates:                 15-16 June

 

Tutor

Hasraf ‘Haz’ Dulull is a VFX Supervisor / VFX Producer with several VES award nominations to his name. Having worked on feature films, Broadcast series and TVC’s, he recently transitioned into Directing with the success of his sci-fi short film ‘Project Kronos’, earning him representation in Hollywood where he is currently in development on various feature film projects including this one. The last project he  VFX produced was The Aliens on Channel 4 and The Living and the Dead (coming soon on BBC).

FAQs

Do I need to bring anything to the course?
It’s advisable to bring a pen and some notepaper. Otherwise, all you need is a receptive mind and your energy and enthusiasm.

Is lunch provided?
We keep you replenished with teas, coffee, biscuits and fruit. We don’t provide lunch – although there are a number of sandwich shops, cafes, restaurants close by, as well as a supermarket.

What if I have to cancel?
If you cancel more than 20 working days before the course date, you will get a full refund. If you cancel with less than 20 days' notice, or once the course has been confirmed, the full course fees are still due. We will however endeavour to get you onto to a future course as and when we have a spare space. Although this cannot be guaranteed and will usually involve you being offered the place at short notice, we have a great track record of making sure people get their training – even it takes a bit of time.

What others say about this course? 

HaZ brings an incredibly powerful mix of creative drive, deep technical understanding and wide experience of solving difficult production challenges to get things done. I have had the pleasure of working with and supporting him on a number projects and I am constantly amazed at the outcomes he achieves, completing pieces of work that deliver so much weight and impact through constrained, carefully thought through and innovative approaches. He is also a capable writer with great ideas and is just such a pleasant, fun and inspirational person to spend time with. And when it makes sense, he still chooses to work with physical models in his films, with incredible results - a special skill to be kept alive!

- Richard Shackleton, Head of Corporate Strategy at The Foundry, and Independent Consultant

Haz Dulull is a perfect example of the new breed of film makers emerging in the industry today. Although a blackbelt in visual effects, Haz has become competent in all aspects of film making, providing him the ability to visualise, script, create and ultimately deliver cinematic experiences without compromise. When Haz’s is given the opportunity to speak about his work, his passion for his art and the industry shines through. He is an excellent communicator, a great role model for any aspiring filmmaker and if you ever have the chance to hear about his work, definitely worth a listen.

- Simon Williams, Senior Director Strategic Relations, Adobe Creative Cloud

"Today everyone has the potential to be a filmmaker, but, not everyone has the passion, drive or commitment to succeed as HaZ has done. With the rare ability to inspire and inform, you can’t help but being swept up by his enthusiasm and passion for the art and craft of filmmaking."

- Patrick Hussey, Senior Communications Manager, EMEA Blackmagic Design.

"HaZ spoke for us at Cannes 2014 and captivated the audience with his passion and knowledge of the film making process, they loved it. I am looking forward to the next time he speaks for us"

- Ben Minall, Global Head of Sales and Marketing, ftrack

"HaZ was an amazing speaker at Escape Studio's Production for Visual Effects course. He helped us to understand the balance between the creative, technical and logistical aspects involved in any visual effects-driven show. A dedicated artist, he is always willing to share his experience and inspire young professionals to achieve their career goals”.

- Ekaterina Diaz, Production Co-Ordinator, Moving Picture Company (MPC)

 


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