VFX 200 Introduction to Visual Effects

Christopher Olsen

Office: CDM 632A
Winter 2019-2020
Class number: 22475
Section number: 502
M 1:30PM - 4:45PM
14EAS 00513 Loop Campus

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Introduction to the use, history, and production methodologies of visual effects. Fundamental techniques will be explored through compositing exercises and projects.



  • The VES Handbook of Visual Effects, Chapter 1 “Introduction”
  • The Art and Science of Digital Compositing, Chapter 2 “Learning to See”
  • The Visual Effects Producer, Chapter 2 “Digital Effects: The 15 Minute Version”
  • The Visual Effects Producer, Chapter 3 “Who You Gonna Call: The VFX Team”
  • The Art and Science of Digital Compositing, Chapter 3 “The Digital Representation of Visual Information”


VFX Exercises: 30%

            VFX Exercise 1 - Forced Perspective

            VFX Exercise 2 - Animation

            VFX Exercise 3 - Effects

            VFX Exercise 4 - Rotoscoping

            VFX Exercise 5 - Chroma Keying

            VFX Exercise 6 - Motion Tracking

Visual Effects Sequence Presentation: 20%

Final Project: 50%

Pitch: 10%

Project Review: 10%

Final Project Sequence: 30%



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