Aaron Benitez shares some tips on how to learn visual effects without going to film school.

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  1. Hey I want to help my country to improve their effects cause here in my country their graphics is far behind compare to another country! Which effects I need to learn and anyway I don't have much know about the effects right now but I really wanted to learn. Cheers mate!

  2. VFX bro got me started on VFX! Thats why im in this industry today. Doing mostly film for corporates and vfx in my own time. Would love to see a "How to plan a big VFX shot". From visualizing to on set and finally the post production work.

  3. How to get started:
    Learn Linux
    Learn Python
    Learn Nuke
    Learn Mocha Pro
    Learn a 3D package like Maya
    Learn Plugins for 3D Package: Krakatoa, FumeFX, Yeti, AfterBurn, etc…
    Sign up for online training courses at Pluralsight, Gnomon Workshop, FXPHD, CGMA, etc…
    Practice, Practice, Practice!!!
    Check out the VES, Visual Effects Society and download their learning resources.
    Clean Up work will account for more than half of the work you do EVERY SINGLE DAY. Get used to it, if it makes you want to jump out of a window then VFX is NOT for you.

    Best advice ever: NEVER STOP LEARNING. Technology is constantly evolving and the standards change. Change with the times or fall behind.

    I also highly recommend understanding rendering, file formats, Color Theory, PBR (Physically Based Rendering), and RenderMan (or 3Delight; RenderMan and Arnold are HEAVILY used in the VFX/CG Industry)


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