Nuke Boot Camp


VFX Compositing

VFX Compositing Boot Camp in Nuke – Kelowna


Would you like to learn how industry professionals create seamless VFX illusions on the latest blockbuster films like Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy? Join Vancouver Film School and Okanagan College for our one-week boot camp and complete your own VFX composite using industry standard software, Nuke.

We welcome enthusiasts, high school students, mature students, career changers, and newbies. Led by Vancouver industry all-star, Melissa Best (The Jungle Book, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Alice Through the Looking Glass) you will master essential basics in Nuke, learn the VFX production pipeline, and complete a fully executed shot. During this course you will also learn about the animation industry in BC's interior.

Regular rate:

$500 + $25 registration fee

Workshop Hours:

9am until 4pm (with 1 hour lunch)


Innovation Centre,

460 Doyle Ave, downtown Kelowna


March 25-29, 2019

A $50.00 discount is available for SD23 High School, Okanagan College, and UBCO students and faculty as well as Bardel, Yeti Farm, and Hyper Hippo staff.

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*Please be advised that familiarity with art-based software is strongly recommended for participants.

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Learning Outcomes

Whether you have prior training in a related field or no experience at all, these VFX workshops have everything you need to take meaningful steps towards portfolio development for post-secondary study or to add new skills to your resume for industry work.

You will complete a production-designed shot from beginning to end using industry techniques.

Technical requirements:

  • Basic Photoshop skills
  • Understanding of graphics and/or video tools is a plus (Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere, Final Cut, etc.)
  • This workshop is aimed at people who want to learn more about VFX and how we create the effects we see on the big screen. This workshop is designed for beginner to intermediate graphic artists and or aspiring film artists.

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"Based on recent economic forecasts, the animation & VFX industry is going to continue to grow and there will be a massive need for thousands of new hires in order for BC and Canada to remain competitive on the world stage. VFS’ VFX and Animation Workshops will help develop the talent BC needs to grow the $2.6 billion in production spending already invested across the province. There has never been a better time to begin a career in this industry."

- Brad Dahl, Government Relations and Special Projects – Bardel Entertainment

"In Vancouver, over 60 studios make up the VFX and Animation industry, comprising the world’s largest cluster of domestic and foreign-owned studios."

- Vancouver Economic Commission

About Melissa Best

Melissa Best

Melissa brings 17 years of VFX industry and teaching experience to VFS. With over 60 feature film and television credits to date, she recently expanded her expertise into the realm of PC games. Melissa finds a passion for teaching and mentoring and has taught at various studios in L.A., San Francisco, Vancouver, and most recently in Mumbai. As a Compositing Supervisor, Melissa has contributed to films such as The Jungle Book, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Alice Through the Looking Glass.

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