Steve Wright's VFXIO.com - Industrial Strength Training for Visual Effects Compositing Artists!

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Industrial Strength Training
for Visual Effects Compositing, Nuke, Mocha & Shake

 

After a successful 20 year career creating visual effects first for television commercials then feature films, Steve is now dedicated to VFX compositing training for today’s rising stars of the VFX industry. As a senior compositor, 2D technical director, master trainer, and author of the definitive book on VFX compositing, Steve has the technical background, production experience, and teaching skills to offer training to the highest professional industry standards. Whether you are just starting out or want to advance your ongoing VFX career, professional training by an industry pro is by far the quickest way to get ahead. You can start today to add the tips, tricks, and techniques gleaned from 20 years of production experience to your personal skill set. In addition to VFX compositing skills and 3D Stereo Conversion training, Steve also offers application training for Nuke, Mocha and Shake.

 

What Clients Say:

"In a matter of hours, Steve managed to address many of the core issues that arise when working in the logarithmic and linear color worlds.  His style and ability to convey information made the training session both fun and effective.  I would highly recommend Steve's training to anybody looking to enhance their knowledge of concept and work flow in the digital video & film fields."

- Greg Russell
Owner & Creative Director
Tandem Digital LLC

 

Learning Opportunities!

Steve has prepared a variety of classes & workshops here for you to choose from, depending on your area of interest. Some are location-based while others are online, but they are all about technique – those skills that are only gained after years of production experience. Regardless of the topic, each one is designed to make you a better compositor able to solve difficult production problems and produce your shots more quickly and more artistically. These are the skills that the management of a VFX studio looks for when deciding who to hire. Check back to see our latest offerings!

 
Online Workshops  
These workshops are delivered over the Internet to save you travel expenses and provide scheduling convenience since you do them at your convenience. They offer training videos, project media, and instructor feedback via forum or Skype. Click on the event name to learn more about that workshop.
event name location duration date brief description

VFX
Compositing
Diploma

cgspectrum.com

1 year

Start
Any Time

Get maximum employment potential by earning your VFX Compositing Diploma in this one year PCTIA certified course created and taught by Steve Wright, master trainer and Foundry certified Nuke training expert at CGSpectrum. This is a comprehensive program with tutorials, weekly shot and reading assignments, online assignment reviews with Q&A, high resolution VFX production shots, and weekly grades. 
         

NUKE 2D
Compositing
Course

vfxio.com

6 wks

 

Start
Any Time

 

Start on your path to learning to Nuke. This 6 week workshop introduces the Nuke interface and shows how to navigate between the viewer, nodegraph, curve editor, and property panels. Keyframe animation, expressions, and linking between nodes are covered in detail. You will get extensive training on Nuke’s unique 32 bit float “linear lightspace” color managementand the major color correcting nodes. The RotoPaint node is covered in depth as well as compositing Multi-pass CGI and point tracking, including corner pinning and Nuke’s four world-class bluescreen/greenscreen keyers. You will learn all this plus a whole lot more!

         

NUKE 3D
Compositing
Course

vfxio.com

6 wks

 

Start
Any Time


This 6 week workshop is for those artists that want to go beyond 2D compositing and advance to 3D compositing. We’ll dive into Nuke’s awesome 3D compositing capability and cover the several major new features introduced in Nuke 6.3. This workshop will thoroughly cover the basics like creating 3D geometric primitives, adding lights, cameras and shaders, plus texture mapping and animating geometry, 3D compositing workflow techniques, including the all-important camera projection, the planar tracker, the 3D particle system plus a whole lot more! 3D artists will appreciate this informative introduction to Nuke’s 3D capabilities!

         

NUKE VFX
Compositing
Course

vfxIO.com

12 wks

Start
Any Time

This 12 week week mentored online course combines both the Nuke 2D and Nuke 3D Compositing courses seen above together. This Nuke VFX Compositing course contains over 25 hours of highly informative videos and assignments. Watch the videos, do the assignments and turn in your Nuke scripts to Steve. Meet with Steve via Skype and desktop sharing where he plays your VFX Supervisor and critiques your shots. Internet connection and Skype with microphone required.

         

NUKE 8
Essentials
Training

Lynda.com

Self-paced

Start
Any Time

Learn Nuke8 at your own pace with 20 year veteran Steve Wright as your instructor on Lynda.com. Visual effects dominate at the box office, and Nuke is the compositing software that is used at high-end studios to create those mind-blowing effects. In this comprehensive course, digital compositing pioneer and Nuke authority Steve Wright introduces this complex and powerful tool to visual effects artists new to Nuke. Starting with an introduction to the unique node-based interface and progressing through techniques like color correction, keying, rotoscoping, and tracking, this course covers Nuke from top to bottom ! No instructor feedback provided in this online self-paced course.
         

NUKE 8
New
Features

Lynda.com

Self-paced

Start
Any Time

Learn Nuke8's New Features at your own pace. Join digital compositing pioneer and Nuke compositing authority Steve Wright for a tour of the new features in the latest Nuke release from The Foundry on lynda.com. Chapter 2 of this course covers Nuke's 2D enhancements, including video scopes and the Pixel Analyzer, as well as Dope Sheet, viewer, and Text node updates. Chapter 3 digs into the 3D features, including the new ParticleCache and EditGeo nodes and brand-new camera tracking for still photos—a feature Nuke artists have long anticipated. No instructor feedback provided in this online self-paced course.

         

NUKE 7
New
Features

Lynda.com

Self-paced

Start
Any Time

Learn Nuke7's New Features at your own pace on Lynda.com. Nuke 7 is the largest release of Nuke in the history of The Foundry. Join author Steve Wright as he covers all of the big new features in Nuke 7 such as alembic support, the ModelBuilder node to build geometry from images, normals relighting with the Relight node, and a powerful new suite of nodes to turn your images with depth maps into 3D point clouds, and much more on lynda.com. No instructor feedback provided in this online self-paced course.

         

NUKE 6.3
New
Features

Lynda.com

Self-paced

Start Any Time

Learn Nuke6.3 at your own pace with 20 year veteran Steve Wright as your instructor on Lynda.com. Steve has prepared 4 hours of Nuke6.3 tutorials that reveal the differences and additions from Nuke6 to Nuke6.3. No instructor feedback provided in this online self-paced course.

         

NUKE 6
New
Features

Lynda.com

Self-paced

Start
Any Time

Learn Nuke6 at your own pace with 20 year veteran Steve Wright as your instructor on Lynda.com. Steve has prepared 1.5 hours of Nuke6 tutorials that reveal the differences and additions from Nuke5 to Nuke6. No instructor feedback provided in this online self-paced course.

         

NUKE 5
Essentials
Training

Lynda.com

Self-paced

Start
Any Time

Learn Nuke5 at your own pace with 20 year veteran Steve Wright as your instructor on Lynda.com. Steve has prepared 10 hours of Nuke5 tutorials that instruct you on the Nuke interface and all Nuke operations. If you want a serious VFX job in this industry, you must understand node based compositing! No instructor feedback provided in this online self-paced course.

         

SHAKE 4.1
Essentials
Training

Lynda.com

Self-paced

Start
Any Time

Learn Apple's Shake 4.1 at your own pace with 20 year veteran Steve Wright as your instructor on Lynda.com. Steve has prepared 13.25 hours of Shake 4.1 training to get you up to speed on node based compositing. If you want a serious VFX job in this industry, you must understand node based compositing! No instructor feedback provided in this online self-paced course.

         

One-on-One
Demo Reel
Workshop

vfxIO.com

Self-paced

Start
Any Time

One of the most difficult things for a newcomer to the world of VFX is to build a demo reel that will help you land a real production job. In this unique self-paced workshop you get to select five spectacular feature film VFX compositing shots that you then composite yourself. With full copyright permissions, these composited shots can be placed on your demo reel as a compelling demonstration of your compositing skills to help get that big compositing job in the VFX industry.

       

Webinars

vfxIO.com

As Scheduled

As Scheduled

For facilities training, the staff collects in the training room at the appointed hour to participate in a web-based seminar. A closed webcast goes to a single machine in the training room which is connected to a digital projector. The presentation is viewed by the entire class and participants can ask questions of the instructor like a personal appearance. Much more cost effective than paying transportation and lodging costs for a visiting instructor. Contact Steve to arrange a webinar today!

 

 

location based  
These workshops and classes are live lectures located in various cities and come with project media so you leave with shots you can add your demo reel. Click on the event name to learn more about a particular class or workshop.
event name location duration date brief description

NUKE
Staff Training

Your Facility

As Scheduled

As Scheduled

Nuke was specifically designed by Digital Domain to be the 2D back end to a modern 3D production pipeline so it is loaded with special features that make it the most effective compositing software for this modern workflow. Steve will come to your VFX facility, design a training program tailored to your specific needs and train both the 2D and 3D staff on those special features of Nuke that make it the most efficient and highest quality compositing program on the market today. Special emphasis is placed on the multi-pass CGI compositing and the extensive 3D compositing environment built into Nuke. Contact Steve to schedule a site visit to your company. Get trained "The Wright Way!"

         

3D CONVERSION
Staff Training

Your Facility

As Scheduled

As Scheduled

The stereo 3D conversion of feature films is the big new business opportunity in the visual effects world today. But if the production staff is not highly productive and on target for quality, costs go up and deadlines are blown. Whatever your 3D conversion technology, you need fast and effective roto work and skillful and efficient compositing. Steve will upgrade your staff with Mocha roto training designed specifically for your pipeline and Nuke compositing tailored to your stereo and 3D compositing needs.  Contact Steve to schedule a site visit to your company. Get trained "The Wright Way!" by a 20 year VFX industry veteran.

         

MOCHA
Staff Training

Your Facility

As Scheduled

As Scheduled

Mocha is emerging as the roto tool of choice for stereo 3D conversion pipelines because of its speed, productivity, and Nuke compatibility. With the built-in planar tracker, Mocha rotos are faster and smoother resulting in better throughput and higher quality. Its wide range of output formats will export the roto spline to any of a number of formats such as After Effects, Combustion, Flame, Shake, and most importantly for 3D conversion work, Nuke. Get your roto staff customized training by Steve, a master trainer for Mocha and author of the Mocha v2 tutorials on Imagineer Systems website (www.imagineersystems.com).  Contact Steve to schedule a site visit to your company. Get trained "The Wright Way!"

         

VFX Compositing
Training

Your Facility

As Scheduled

As Scheduled

Steve conducts VFX compositing training for the entire staff at various VFX facilities around the world. Classes are designed to the level of the staff and the topics are specific to the production needs of the company. Training is conducted with Shake or Nuke, then ported to any other compositing program used at the facility such as Combustion, Flame or Digital Fusion. Contact Steve to schedule a site visit to your company.

         

Shake to Nuke
Transition
Training

Your Facility

As Scheduled

As Scheduled

This is Nuke training specifically for the staff of VFX facilities that are transitioning from Shake to Nuke. The common Shake operations are mapped to Nuke for easy transition including workarounds for Shake features not present in Nuke. The major features of Nuke that are not available in Shake are also covered such as Nukes linear light space, working with multiple channels, and the powerful 3D compositing system. Contact Steve to schedule a site visit to your company.

         

Log Image
Compositing

Your Facility

As Scheduled

As Scheduled

Steve is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable senior compositors on the arcane subject of compositing log images for feature film. With eight years of production experience at Kodak's Cinesite, he learned the science and math of compositing log images from Kodak's original creators of the process. Expert in both the art and science, Steve can teach your staff how to pull mattes and composite with log images, combine linear elements such as matte paintings or HiDef video with log images, properly composite and color correct linear cgi elements with log images, and convert all cgi shots to log space and color correct them. On-site hands-on training experiences of a couple days to one week or more are available. Training materials and images are provided. Contact Steve to schedule a site visit to your company.

         

Intro to
NUKE Compositing

Rockport, Maine

1 week

TBD

This one-week introductory course to VFX compositing is presented by Steve at Maine Media Workshops in Rockport Maine. Here students will learn the core competencies for compositing visual effects shots used for major feature films and television commercials. Key topics such as bluescreen compositing, motion tracking, cgi compositing, and much, much more are presented.

         

Advanced
NUKE Compositing

Rockport, Maine

1 week

TBD

This is the follow-on workshop to the “Intro to VFX Compositing” workshop above. Building on that knowledge base, students will learn advanced keying concepts, match move techniques, and modern multi-layer cgi compositing working with real feature film 2k film scans and HiDef video plates.

         

NUKE
3-Day Class

 

Los Angeles
California

 

3 days

TBD

This unique Friday, Saturday and Sunday workshop will explore and demonstrate the key features of Nuke and equip attending artists with a basic understanding of Nuke’s powerful workflow. Day 1-demonstration of Nuke’s unique features that make it the compositing program of choice for modern CGI compositing pipelines. Day 2 - covers bluescreen and greenscreen compositing. Day 3 - covers compositing CGI. Prerequisite for the class is a solid background in compositing visual effects using programs such as Shake, Combustion, Digital Fusion, or After Effects. More details...