Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. apply industry standard digital compositing skills
  2. create original media elements and/or edit existing elements for compositing use
  3. develop and reflect upon animations that illustrate the process of layers, filters and effects
  4. implement the composition of still images, video and 3D elements
  5. plan the resource needs for a compositing project
  • Topics

    • Introduction
    • 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
    • Presentation
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Chat Rooms
      • Online assignment submission
    • Online Materials

      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • CUR-DIG120

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

CUR-DIG12-Digital Design Process

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Computer capable of running project-relevant animation software
  • OtherDetails -

    Relevant Animation Software (eg. Adobe Creative Cloud, Maya, zBrush etc)

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%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject.

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