The VFX Compositor Create the Final Image of Frame, Shot or Sequence. They take all the different digital materials used (assets), such as computer-generated (CG) images, live action footage and matte paintings, and combine them to appear as one cohesive image and shot.
- Realistic lighting is a key , Anything caused by light hitting a lens is a compositor’s responsibility. They relight in order to improve the
look of the image.
- Compositors do ‘chroma keying’ (also just called keying). This is where they select a specific part of an image that has a distinct colour or lighting and extract it to be used elsewhere. This method is
commonly used with ‘green screen’ or ‘blue screen’ footage, where a subject has been shot in front of a singularly green or blue background, in order to be able to place the subject in a different
setting or environment later, in post-production.
- Creating convincing shadows within a shot.
- Adding motion blur to scenes
- Integrating rear projection into background images
- Working with blue/green screen effects
- Ability to do some keying, rotoscoping and creating mattes as required.
- Conducting quality assurance of visuals and correcting errors before final composition
- Proficiency in cinematic lighting, how shadows work in the real world.
- Good working knowledge of the post-production process, especially the FX department.
- Solid knowledge of a broad range of software
- Career training in VFX compositing and a strong demo reel
- Ability to analyse visual elements and make them consistent throughout
- Knowledge of the visual effects pipeline
- Proficiency in cinematic lighting, how shadows work in the real world
- Good working knowledge of the post-production process, especially the FX department
- Understanding of visual storytelling and editing
- Ability to keep resources and teams on schedule and within budget
- Knowledge of compositing programs be adept at using relevant programs such as After Effects, Blackmagic Fusion, Houdini, Maya, Nuke and Photoshop.