Become a VFX Artist

Is this course for you?

If you are new to VFX (visual effects) or have some knowledge but want to really up your skills. This course is for you! Learn the VFX process & create a stunning VFX shot from beginning to end. We will be using Adobe Photoshop, Fuse, Mixamo, After Effects, Syntheyes, Mocha Pro, 3D Coat, Cinema 4D, Octane, Redshift, X-Particles, Blackmagic Fusion and The Foundry's NUKE. If you dont have some all of these software its okay, these principles can be applied using other software as well. By the end of this course you will have a strong understanding of the VFX process and be able to create your own cinematic VFX on a small budget.
VFX Workflow

Course Includes

What do enrolled students get?

  • Lifetime Access

    Enrolled Students will have lifetime access to all lessons and content. This can even be helpful as a reference guide on your projects.

  • Over 20 Hours of Video Tutorials

    Online access to over 20 hours of video tutorials by logging into your account. Check your progress and course updates as well.

  • Assets & Downloads

    Green screen footage, projects files and assets will be provided for all enrolled students to use during this course and on their personal projects.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Course Introduction

    • Welcome to the VFX CRASH COURSE!
    • CINEMA 4D STUDIO $95 LICENSE
    • 15% off all Boris FX products, including Mocha Pro
    • 50% Off ENTIRE Purchase
    • ULTIMATE EXPLOSIONS VFX PACK: Free Download
    • JOIN OUR EXCLUSIVE COMMUNITY
    • VFX Starterpack 50% Discount
  • 2

    GOLDEN RULES of VFX & Compositing

    • Motion
    • Depth
    • Light & Color
    • Perspective
  • 3

    Lesson 1: Getting Inspired & Production Tips!

    • Part 1: Getting Inspired & Coming up with Ideas
    • Part 2: High Production Value with a Minimal Budget
  • 4

    Lesson 2: Finding & Working with Clients

    • Lesson 2: Finding & Working with Clients
  • 5

    Lesson 3: Creating Concept Art (Photoshop Basics)

    • Lesson 3 Creating Concept Art: PART 1
    • Lesson 3 Creating Concept Art: PART 2
  • 6

    Lesson 4: Creating an Animatic (C4D, Octane Basics, Adobe Fuse & Mixamo)

  • 7

    Lesson 5: Planning for Production

    • Part 1: Planning for Production with a Director of Photography
  • 8

    Lesson 6: VFX Supervising

    • How to VFX Supervise
  • 9

    Lesson 7: How & What to film on set for VFX ( ON SET)

    • Filming on a Green Screen
  • 10

    Lesson 8: Preparing Footage (After Effects)

    • Preparing Footage for Keying & Tracking
    • Denoised Green Screen Footage (For educational purposes)
  • 11

    Lesson 9: Tracking Basics (Syntheyes. Mocha Pro, Cinema 4D)

    • Part 1: Tracking in Mocha
    • Part 2: Tracking in Cinema 4D
    • Part 3: Tracking in Syntheyes
    • Part 4: Camera Animation Tips
    • 3D TRACKED SCENE FBX
  • 12

    Lesson 10: Sculpting & Texturing CG Environment (3D Coat \ C4D )

  • 13

    Lesson 11: Rendering in Octane (C4D \ Octane)

    • INTRO: Rendering in Octane
    • Part 1: Setting up Scene for Octane
    • Part 2: Matte Painting & Projections (Octane)
    • Part 3: Rendering (Octane)
    • Part4: Adding more details to Environment (C4D / Octane)
  • 14

    Lesson 12: Rendering in Redshift (C4D \ Redshift)

    • INTRO: Rendering In Redshift
    • Part 1: Setting up Scene (C4D, Redshift)
    • Part 2: Texturing Environment & Projections Part 1 (Photoshop, C4D, Redshift)
    • Part 3: Setting up Projections Part 2 (C4D, Redshift, Photoshop)
    • Part 4: Simulating, Texturing Trees and Foliage (C4D, Redshift, Forester)
    • Part 5: Rendering In Redshift Basics (C4D, Redshift)
    • Part 6: Rendering Our Project (C4D, Redshift)
  • 15

    Lesson 13: Fire Smoke Simulations (After Effects, C4D, X Particles, Turbulance FD)

    • INTRO: Dynamics & Simulations
    • Part 1: Dynamics & Simulation Basics FREE PREVIEW
    • Part 2: Destruction! Physics (C4D, Voronoi Fracture)
    • Part 3: Simulating Particles (Cinema 4D \ Xparticles)
    • Part 4: Simulating Smoke & Fire (Xparticles EXPLOSIA)
    • Part 5: Rendering Volumes (Octane)
    • Part 6: Rendering Volumes (Redshift)
    • VDB SMOKE DOWNLOAD
  • 16
  • 17

    Lesson 14: Rotoscoping in Mocha Pro

    • INTRO: Rotoscoping in Mocha Pro
    • Rotoscoping In Mocha Pro
    • Favorite Roto Techniques
  • 18

    Lesson 15: Compositing in Nuke

    • INTRO: Compositing in Nuke
    • Part 1: Setting up Project in NUKE
    • Part 2: AOV (Multipass) Compositing in NUKE
    • Part 3: Keying, Roto & Despill in NUKE
    • Part 4: 3D Compositing & Color Matching in NUKE
    • Part 5: Dirty Details and Grading in NUKE
  • 19

    Lesson 16: Compositing in Fusion

    • INTRO: Compositing in Blackmagic Fusion
    • Part 1: Setting up Project in Fusion
    • Part 2: Keying, Roto & Despill in Fusion
    • Part 3: Setting Up Multipasses in Fusion
    • Part 4: 3D Compositing in Fusion
    • Part 5: Coloring & Dirty Details in Fusion
  • 20

    FINAL LESSONS

    • CONGRATULATIONS!
    • Invest in YOU!
    • Get PAID for being creative!
    • Share what you have created!

Free Webinar Course Launch

Join the free webinar to learn more in depth what the course is. Learn how to solve 3 essential problems VFX artists face today. And get special discounts on software and products.
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David Ariew

"This course is deep and extensive!"

Meet Your Instructor

Aaron Sorensen

Aaron Sorensen

VFX Central Creator / VFX ARTIST

Hey Friends! I am full time VFX Artist/Compositor and have worked with companies such as Disney, ILMxLABS, LucasFilms, The VOID and many more! I am the creator of VFX Central and the VFX Academy. I've presented at SIGGRAPH and NAB and I love passing on my knowledge and secrets to help other artist grow in their craft!

This is what professional VFX artists are saying

“The best thing about the VFX crash course is seeing Aaron creatively problem solve throughout the course of one project. The way he works around technical issues and creative roadblocks as well as the resources he pulls from to finalise the shot makes some of the more technical areas of the pipeline like lighting, matte painting and compositing way less intimidating than I thought they were. It's a real springboard forward in to tackling the VFX pipeline and realizing that at it's core it really is fun, challenging and rewarding experimentation that will allow you to learn the skills needed to make great work.”

Dane Armour // Senior Layout Artist at Animal LogicDane Armour // Senior Layout Artist at Animal Logic

“This course is a must have! I buy lots of classes and this is one of the best! Goes very in depth about everything from lighting, compositing, FX simulations, lighting live action actors and bringing them into your CG scenes. You really couldn't get anymore bang for your buck anywhere else. Anyone from beginner to professional could really get something from this. Also really caters to the consumer by knowing you really don't have access all the expensive programs, so Aaron teaches with the products that's attainable.”

Mike Johnson // Lead CG Generalist and Matte Painter at Blur StudioMike Johnson // Lead CG Generalist and Matte Painter at Blur Studio

“The beauty of this course is that it’s deep and extensive. Aaron isn’t messing around and over the span of 20+ hours you’ll see a single shot evolve to the level of studio quality. Not many other courses out there cover a workflow like this so thoroughly, and it speaks to the nature of our jobs as 3D artists today, that we have to get comfortable combining the right tools for the job to get the best results. Luckily, Aaron makes the process easy to follow and exciting, and this generalist mindset will empower you to direct your own projects and fully realize your creative vision on your own. Following along will push you outside your comfort zone and inspire you to get into these powerful new tools that will rapidly advance the quality of your artwork. I loved the class and I hope you’ll check it out! -- David Ariew (Octane Jesus)”

David Ariew // AE / C4D / OCTANE ARTISTDavid Ariew // AE / C4D / OCTANE ARTIST

Bonus material

Enrolled students will receive all of these bonuses

  • Ultimate Explosion VFX Pack

    $199.99 value

    Receive our ULTIMATE EXPLOSIONS PACK. 38 professional 4k/5k/6k Fire Explosions Fifteen 4k, 24 FPS Explosions Eleven 6k, 85 FPS Explosions Twelve 5k, 96 FPS Explosions Five extra 4k digital smoke/dust explosions Valued at $199! & 50% Off All other products on www.vfxcentral.net

  • Boris FX Discounts

    %15 Off

    Discount off on Boris FX products. Continumm, Sapphire, Mocha. Plugins work with Adobe After Effects & Premiere, Avid, Foundry Nuke, Blackmagic Fusion, Vegas Pro, Hitfilm Pro. Learn more at www.borisfx.com

  • Cinema 4D Discount

    $95 Cinema 4D License (3 month license)

    After 3 months, you will receive 25% off a full license of Cinema 4D.

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