Siggraph 2014 – Comp Primer

Compositing Primer by Ganz Ramalingam

Compositing is the combining of visual elements from separate sources into single images, often to create the illusion that all those elements are parts of the same scene.” Wikipedia

Compositors are the masters of make-believe. Responsible for putting together the shot in a visual effects sequence, this is the process where we create the illusion of photo realism; creating invisible effects that make the impossible, possible!

Without compositing, we’d be looking at actors in front of a green screen, wires that support actors during action sequences, shots lacking in any kind of atmosphere or composition. As a Compositor, you’re the person who makes sure the shot meets the artistic brief set by the Director or Art Department. You’re the person who naturally looks at the finer detail, checking whether that ‘minute detail’ looks right in the scene – and if not, why not? This department is where the real magic happens through a variety of creative and technical processes; and it takes highly skilled, creative individuals to make it happen.

Here’s a free lesson giving you a taste of what a Compositor does.

Download the Project File Here
Download a Trial Copy of Nuke Here
Bonus Video – What is Compositing?

Sign Up to the Visual Effects Compositing Program at Lost Boys Here

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