Vancouver Film School: Production, Animation, Game Design, Acting and more

Visual Effects

After learning foundational art and computer animation skills and exploring a variety of 3D disciplines, you may elect to specialize in Visual Effects. Visual Effects (VFX) are any effects digitally created or enhanced for a movie, TV, or video game production. The goal of all visual effects is to keep the audience focused on the story and characters, and good VFX artists are judged by their ability to make the impossible seem absolutely real.

To do this, artists need to know cinematography, lighting and colour theory, as well as having solid 2D and 3D skills. VFS extends its immersive philosophy to this specialty, and if you specialize in VFX, you will design and shoot your own live-action scenes, as well as study disciplines including Design, Modeling, Match Moving, Surfacing, Lighting, Digital Texture Painting, and Digital Compositing, as you create an original, high-quality VFX reel.

Students specializing in Visual Effects most often go on to work as VFX or Pre-Visualization artists in film, TV, and video games. For more about career paths, check out the 3D Animation & Visual Effects Careers page.

You will:

  • Develop a concept for your own original VFX scene or shot
  • Research the concept/character back story
  • Write the script
  • Plan the shots required
  • Create 3D animatics
  • Block scenes
  • Select the appropriate shooting or digital tools/techniques for your piece
  • Prepare plates
  • Work with green screen
  • Rotoscope
  • Apply 3D modeling, texturing, lighting, and camera as required
  • Render scenes
  • Digitally composite various images and shots
  • Colour-correct
  • Present progress regularly to a panel of mentors

Maybe One Morning

Created by Vancouver Film School student Mario Brioschi through the VFS 3D Animation & Visual Effects program.

A VFX Reel

Created by Vancouver Film School student Caio Sugimoto through the VFS 3D Animation & Visual Effects program.

Visual Effects in Action

Watch Teh-Wei Yeh's VFX reel.

Visual Effects Photo Slideshow

Check out the images showing Teh-Wei's process of turning an ordinary Vancouver alley into a war-ravaged street.

See more Visual Effects Reels in the VFS showcase.