Undergraduate | CUR-DIG220 | 2023
Animation and Special Effects Compositing
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Work in 2D and 3D as you learn about storyboarding, timing, framing, rendering, and grading. Take your project from concept to final presentation. Understand resourcing, development and process. Work towards a career in compositing or animation.
- Study method
- 100% online
- 100% online
- Entry requirements
- Prior study needed
- 13 weeks
- 29 May 2023,
- 27 Nov 2023
HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP available
Animation and Special Effects Compositing
About this subject
At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- apply industry standard digital compositing skills
- create original media elements and/or edit existing elements for compositing use
- develop and reflect upon animations that illustrate the process of layers, filters and effects
- implement the composition of still images, video and 3D elements
- plan the resource needs for a compositing project
- 2D tracking, 3D tracking and camera matching CG to video backplates
- Compositing render layers, 3D integration into backplates
- Colour grading, layer matching
- Successful storyboarding
- Fundamentals of timing, framing, story telling and audio
- Formal presentation of Project Animatic
- Particles, simulation and refinement
- Project development
- Project refinement
This subject was previously known as DIG120 Animation and Special Effects Compositing.
This subject develops students’ skills and conceptual approaches in the art of digital compositing. Compositing is the act of blending various visual elements together into a seamless video form. It can be seen in special effects for film, web site banners, TV title sequences, TV commercials, architectural walkthroughs and training simulations. Students will have the opportunity to develop their conceptual approaches and explore the technical possibilities of animation and special effects compositing through hands-on production experimentation.
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- Exercises (20%)
- Proposal (40%)
- Project (40%)
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You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
CUR-DIG120 (Not currently available)
- Equipment requirements - Computer capable of running project-relevant animation software
- Software requirements - Relevant Animation Software (eg. Adobe Creative Cloud, Maya, zBrush etc)
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.
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Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following degrees
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