Guide to Becoming a Visual Effects (VFX) Artist

Guide to Becoming a Visual Effects (VFX) Artist

What is Visual Effects?

At its core, Visual Effects (abbreviated VFX) is the process by which digital imagery is created to manipulate or enhance real world footage that has been filmed with a video camera. Visual effects involve the integration of video camera footage and generated imagery to create environments which look realistic, but would be dangerous, expensive, impractical, time consuming or impossible to capture on film.

Visual Effects Are Not Just Limited To Big Block Buster Films, They Are Commonly Seen In Television Commercials, Broadcast Series, Architecture, Advertising And More


Maybe because it’s a career that involves the perfect mix of story telling, cutting-edge technology and creativity. It could also be because you love films and want to hang out on set surrounded by movie stars. Maybe you want a career that allows you to travel the world or even work remotely from home. Or maybe it’s because you love drawing and building things with your hands and on the computer. There are so many reasons why you would want to work in Visual Effects and there are dozen of possible career paths open to you across multiple industries.

Important Skills needed to become a VFX artist

There are plenty of jobs available to people in the visual effects industry. For those of you interested in the more creative and technical roles there are definitely some important skills you should focus on early in your training. The skills I’m referring to are not related to software and technology. Those will come later when you really start digging into your training. However, a solid foundation in the following skills will help you for years to come:

  • Composition and light
  • Visual Aesthetics
  • Drawing
  • Sculpture & Anatomy
  • Mechanics and Movement
  • Passion for Film
  • Real world observation
  • Communication skills
  • Photography

How Do I Start Learning Visual Effects?

Traditionally speaking, there are two main ways to start learning Visual Effects. Go to a school, or teach yourself at home. It’s very easy to find persuasive case studies for both learning paths so which should you choose?

Regardless of which approach to learning vfx you take, the most important thing to do is start.

Regardless of which approach to learning you take, the most important thing to do is start. It’s that simple. Pick up a book, start sketching, watch and analyse a movie, watch documentaries about visual effects, attend local events. Just get started.

Some Words for Parents and Guardians

If you have read this far, then it’s clear that you care, but it also means that you are probably still a bit confused by all this and just want to make sure the right decisions are made. The Visual Effects industry is relatively new and there are so many avenues into this industry crossing creative and technical skills, so it’s a lot to take in but here are some key points you should remember:

  • the visual effects industry opens a lot of doors to travel around the world.
  • there are plenty of opportunities out there, and it’s not slowing down
  • skills learned at Visual Effects schools are not just for films. Television, Advertising, Architecture, Automotive Industry, Medical, Games, use lots of VFX and these are only set to grow over the years.
  • career progression into senior management roles is quite common. There are studio executives that started as runners and junior artists.
  • visual effects artists can win Oscars, help solve medical problems, visualise cities and even space. Imagination really is the only limit here these days
  • so please make sure to support your children with their own creative projects whether it’s film, drawing, music, writing, technology or gaming. It all helps.

Thanks for reading this guide. I plan to keep updating this often to make sure it remains relevant and helpful. Please reach out to me via the comments section with any suggestions or questions.

The Rise of VFX and Animation career opportunities in India

The Rise of VFX and Animation career opportunities in India

A Brief History of VFX  and Animation in India

The VFX and animation industries have historically been the starting gate of 3D in India. With a decades-old established presence of 2D animation outsourcing studios, during the second half of the ’90s studios gradually adopted CG pipelines and started working on international shows. This was not an easy task, as CG training courses were at the time virtually nonexistent in India. Studios had to learn and train their teams to adopt these completely new workflows, shifting traditional 2D artists to 3D pipelines.

Nowadays, Indian animation and VFX studios not only support CG content creation for international movies and TV series for a worldwide broadcast market but also work on domestic projects, which increasingly employ the use of CG (Baahubali, 2015). The animation industry has seen steady growth in the past years, but IP work has been growing faster, by 18.4% from 2018 to 2019, versus 8.9% for services, according to a 2019 KPMG report.

According to the same report, “The Indian animation, VFX and post-production industry is expected to more than double in the next five years.” These are impressive numbers, although we do not yet know how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect these forecasts.

The emergence of online streaming services has also increased the demand for CG content creation for movies and series, and the Indian market has benefited and surfed this trend.

Finally, mirroring what has happened in Canada in the past few decades, government incentives have also helped the Indian VFX and animation markets lift off, thanks to national and state-level subsidies, fiscal incentives, and the creation of a large number of local hubs and facilities.

Evolution of the Indian VFX market

India is already on the map now, isn’t it? It’s now about high-end skills over the next few years. Should be fun.

With audiences now watching Indian content globally via OTT platforms (streaming services such as Netflix) and bigger releases, and Indian content having to compete for eyeballs with content from across the globe, the needs of Indian productions are rivaling those from anywhere. We use the same talent force for a project from the US as one from India. The lines are blurring, and that’s what we want to see from a creative perspective.

Evolution of the Indian 3D animation landscape

The animation training scenario in India has been using a combination of traditional 2D and 3D animation techniques within their curriculum. Predominantly the 3D work revolved around Autodesk Maya. But during the last few years, more and more quality live-action/CGI movies like The Jungle BookBlack Panther, and CGI movies like The Lion King started coming to India for the CGI- and VFX-related work, and the demand for specialized software for modeling, texturing, techanim, and crowd stimulation has increased. Arena Animation Sayajigunj have started introducing ZBrush, Mari, Substance Painter, Miarmy, and Golaem in their curriculum. The combination of these software tools is also highly in demand with the gaming industry.

Opportunities in India

While an important part of Toonz’s focus is to maximize the international opportunities, the growing global entertainment industry brings both traditional TV channels and networks, as well as rising OTT platforms, which are growing enormously. The domestic Indian market is also exciting and an enormous opportunity in itself, experiencing both a rise in traditional TV viewership, as well as an anticipated significant rise in digital users over this coming decade as increased income and more affordable high-speed streaming and internet access pave the way for more Indian users to access and enjoy content more readily. This will create an increase in the demand for digital entertainment. To give an idea, there will be around 300 million new users in India by 2025, as highlighted in the KPMG India’s Media and Entertainment Report 2019, and Toonz and the Indian Animation Industry are better positioned than ever to meet this rising demand for entertainment content.

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Animayo Festival 2020 attended by Arena Students  

The 15th edition of the International Summit Animayo was held from May 15th to 17th on a 100% virtual platform. It is the first and only Spanish animation festival designated as an Oscar qualifying event by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The winners will be eligible for consideration in the Animated Short Film category of the Academy Awards without the standard theatrical run, provided the ‑lm otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

The event is an encounter with 3D, audio-visual environments, visual eff­ects, video games, animation and virtual reality aimed at promoting creative development, in which international artists and creators transmit their knowledge through master classes.

The event was attended by Arena students and staf­f across India.

First Look: Unreal Engine 5 moving towards high-end photorealism

Epic Games has announced a  first look at Unreal Engine 5. One of Epic’s goals in this next generation is to achieve photorealism on par with movie CG and real life and put it within practical reach of development teams of all sizes through highly productive tools and content libraries.

The reveal was introduced with Lumen in the Land of Nanite, a real-time demo running live on PlayStation 5, showcasing Unreal Engine technologies that will free creators to reach the highest level of real-time rendering detail in the next generation of games.

The demo previews two of the new core technologies, Nanite micro polygon geometry & Lumen fully dynamic global illumination solution, that will debut in 2021 in Unreal Engine 5.

Wallace & Gromit join the AR World with ‘The Big Fix Up’

For the first time ever, Wallace and Gromit will bring fans directly into their adventures via ‘The Big Fix Up’, a  first of its kind, story-driven experience that promises to bring the iconic characters together with state-of-the-art augmented reality technology.

Partnering with multi award-winning animation studio Aardman, Fictioneers, a consortium of British companies, including Potato, Sugar Creative and Tiny Rebel Games, with research support from the University of South Wales, is producing an exciting augmented and mixed reality experience featuring Wallace & Gromit and backed by funding from UK Research & Innovation (UKRI).

Wallace & Gromit: ‘The Big Fix Up’, will bring Wallace & Gromit alive in an entirely new way, while creating a cutting-edge new platform for storytelling. Rendered in CG using the latest technology, the experience will let fans interact with and get closer than ever to the comedic duo. The experience will be rich and multi-layered, realized through innovative new AR technology.

Arena Animation Sayajigunj – India’s premiere Media and Entertainment training institute. We offers power-packed courses  that help shape a student’s creative career. Our students made their mark by working in Hollywood & Bollywood movies. We trains students in industry-relevant, employment-oriented skills through advanced tools.  Learn advanced tools  and technologies with the help of expert faculty.

No 1 training institute in the Field of Animation, vfx & Gaming

No 1 training institute in the Field of Animation, vfx & Gaming

Arena Animation No 1 training institute in the Field of Animation –vfx –and Gaming publishes a “ARENA TIMES” every month which showcases the Different activity held during the Months for the 360 degree development of the student required to transform them in to professional through seminars – industry expert workshop – competition – master classes –exhibition ) showcase of their work – industry visits –communication and personality development session  are the key focus areas for the students to acquire essential employability skills and become a job ready for the long term by learning important soft skills and build creative thinking abilities like having an inquisitive mindset ,imagination, problem solving skills and adaptability.

  • Uninterrupted Learning Provided By Mentors of Arena Animation Sayajigunj through Virtual Classrooms

Mentors of Arena Animation Sayajigunj again Proved That Teaching and Giving right and Timely Knowledge is their Priority. Through Virtual Class Rooms Mentors Provided Students Uninterrupted Learning  and Gave them the Best under the Lockdown Situation in the Filed of Vfx Film Making– 2d and 3d Animation- graphic designingweb site designing Game designing and Digital marketing students . Arena Animation Sayajigunj mentors were awarded a centurion certificate for successful completion of 100 hours of Virtual classes conducted for students.

  • Seminar on Achieving Your Goals By Motivational Speaker Bhavin Shah

Having Good Confidence and a Set Goal in the head can make you Achieve Anything, Bhavin Shah, a Very Well Known Motivational Speaker was Invited to Interact With Our Students through a Seminar on Achieving your Goal. No 1 Animation Training Institute organize A power Packed Auditorium with Students and His Interaction with them, Made them Understand Various Points that had to be kept in Mind and How to approach our Dreams and Ambitions Effectively. The Seminar was conducted at Vanijya Bhuvan with 300 plus presence of students. The Students with Different Skill set moulded with common achievement of their life goal with professional focus on their career.

  • Master Class on Animation Film Making By Industry Expert & NID Alumni Ishyetaq Quadri

Industry Expert & NID Alumni Ishyetaq Quadri Conducted a Unique Workshop on Conceptualization and Animation Film Design for premium course named Trinity ( Animation –Vfx and Gaming )  Students as they Understood the Core Stages of Animation Film Making and Tried Hands on Ideas By Creating Stories and Storyboards for 2d And 3d Animation Films and Experimenting with Stop Motion Technique it was Great Learning Overall organize by top animation institute in Gujarat and west zone. The Skills and work are regularly evaluated by industry experts for the betterment of the students.

  • Alumni Interaction Senior VFX Artist, Sanjay Kotwal

Sanjay Kotwal a Senior VFX Artist and Arena Animation Sayajigunj Alumni visited our Centre and Interacted with Students of various skill sets –trick –tips and techniques required to become a professional vfx and animation artist  and gave them some insightful knowledge on VFx Techniques Like Match Move and Rotomation. interaction with Alumni on regular intervals are organized for the students undergoing the training of visual effects which highlights the advantage to mark them as No 1 vfx training institute for vfx career aspirants.

  • Career Awareness Sessions were Conducted at  Education  Outlets

Animation and VFx is a Big and growing Field and can Provide various Opportunities to youth and many People are not aware about its Scope and scale to Spread its awareness Special awareness drive was Conducted at various education Outlets for Students of various Streams. They were ware about the Multimedia i.e media and Entertainment importance in today’s Life.  The broader knowledge of each field i.e Graphics Designing – web site designing – game designing- animation – vfx film making and digital marketing was shared with the eligibility skills needed to proceed further and to make a professional career  after 10 th and 12th along with their regular academics.

  • Master class on Digital Photography Ace Photographer – MohitBudania

To Do Out of the Box Photography and Experimenting with it was the Challenge and it was fulfilled and Understood to Budding Photographers at the Center By Ace Photographer and Owner of Black Ace Studio Mohit Budania by His Master class on Digital Photography where he taught some hands on Photography Techniques that made Student Understand the Creative part of it by attempting Techniques like Force Perspective and U.V Photography. It was a Very Unique and Productive Session.

  • VFX Techniques & 3D Simulation Guest Lecture by Mr Viral Shah

Mr.Viral Shah, a VFX and Animation Expert visited our Centre and Interacted with Students of various Courses and gave them some insightful knowledge on VFx Techniques and 3D Simulation and shared some valuable Tips from his experience

  • Fundamentals of Character Designing By Industry Expert Mr.Vaibhav More

Industry Expert Vaibhav More Conducted a Online Master Class on Fundamentals of  Character Designing for Students as they Understood the Core Stages of 2d and 3d Animation and Tried Hands on Techniques to Create and Visualize a Character Designing and character animation. It was a Full House Session and was Great Learning in Time of Lockdown.

  • Understanding Production Pipeline Guest Lecture by Mr Viral Shah

Mr.Viral Shah, a VFX and Animation Expert Conducted an Online Special Session on Understanding Production Pipeline and Interacted with Students of various Courses and gave them some insightful knowledge Production Pipeline and How various Studios adapt and Apply it he also shared some valuable Tips from his experience.

  • Workshops in Lockdown was Conducted By Mentors

Mentors at Arena Animation Sayajigunj Provided Students with Some Useful Additional Knowledge by Providing them Workshops on Advance Topics like Digital Painting, Matte Painting, graphic designing Understanding Genres of Art and Architectural Modeling by Poly Modeling Technique, Conducted by respective Mentors using the Online Platform to give students Advance Knowledge during this Lockdown.

  • Short Film ON COVID-19 Awareness was Created By Students

Due to the rising situation of Pandemic Covid-19, Students of Arena Animation Sayajigunj Made a Short Film to Create Awareness and Share Precautions from this Infectious Disease.

  • Arena Nation Competition was Organized

Online Contest of Making a Music Video on the given track was Organized in Context to Show Strength and Unity to Fight this Pandemic. Students of Arena Animation Sayajigunj Participated with full energy and Wrote the lyrics and Shot Videos on their respective Cell phones and Shared and Edited into a Energetic Composition .Great Video!!.

  • World Art Day was Celebrated by Creating Digital Artworks

Online Contest of Making Digital Art was organized in Context to Word Art Day Celebrations and Many Students of Arena Animation Sayajigunj Participated with Some Interesting Artworks.

Arena Animation Sayajigunj – India’s premiere Media and Entertainment training institute. We offers power-packed courses  that help shape a student’s creative career. Our students made their mark by working in Hollywood & Bollywood movies. We trains students in industry-relevant, employment-oriented skills through advanced tools.  Learn advanced tools  and technologies with the help of expert faculty.

Launching vfx composting and Editing program

Launching vfx composting and Editing program

Arena Animation –India’s premiere Media and Entertainment Training Institute offers power packed programs that help shape a Student Creative Career. Arena Animation Sayajigunj Located in vadodara one of Best and No 1 training Institute in Gujarat andwest Zone For Animation –Vfx and Gaming courses which caters need of student to become Professional In Animation Film makingVfx Film making and Gaming courses in vadodara .

The world of visual effects relies on the wizardry of VFX Compositors & Video Editors. From Spiderman jumping across buildings to Baahubali fighting an entire army, everything is the magic of post-production, of which Compositing and Editing are the two most important aspects.

The Indian Animation & VFX industry is estimated to reach ` 151.80 billion in 2023.The Media & Entertainment industry is also expected to provide 65 lakh jobs by 2022.*

VFX Compositors are responsible for photo-realistic output by seamlessly integrating live action footage & computer graphics 2D and / or 3D, special effects. Video Editing requires visual aesthetic, a sense of pacing to draw out the emotion of the story, and an attention to detail. The artistic skills required for the role of VFX Compositor and Video Editor is the understanding of the elements of composition, lighting and shadow and colour. Therefore, Arena Animation has introduced the VFX Compositing & Editing Program.

The Vfx Compositing and Editing program Gives students better understanding about the concepts and fundamentals required for 3d Visual Effects Compositing and Video Editing.It helps students demonstrate the VFX pre-production process of Animatics and 3D Previsualization (Previz)It helps them learn and demonstrate the VFX process of Roto, Paint, Roto-prep, Keying, Matchmoving, Live Action Matte Painting & CompositingIt makes students understand and utilize the VFX Compositing workflow using industry-relevant software – Nuke, Silhouette & 3D EqualizerIt helps them learn and understand the Grammar of the edit to demonstrate Video Editing skills using Adobe Premiere / Final Cut Pro.It teaches students the skills of Colour Grading for Web Series, Commercial Ads, TV & Films.

The Student will learn the Following software’s :-
– Adobe Photoshop
– Final Draft
– Adobe Audition and adobe Premiere pro
– Adobe After Effects
– iclone
– silhouette
– 3d Equalizer
– Final cut pro

The Course will give Opportunities to the Students of Vadodara who want to make Vfx Career with professional environment –technology and proper dedicated institution that really caters the demand of 3d Visual Effects Artist required by industry.

After the Completion of the Course the students are eligible with multiple job opportunities and profiles available in Vfx Industry and they can choose from it such as :-Previz Artist-Compositor-Roto artist-3D tracking Artist-Paint artist-Roto –prep Artist-Matte Paint Artist-MatchMove Artist-Video Editor-Motion Graphics Designer&Colour Grading Artist.

The program opens doors to multiple career avenues in many industries such as Advertising –Retail- Animation and Film Vfx Studios- Media and Entertainment industry – Digital Advertising and Many More.

Arena Animation Sayajigunj – India’s premiere Media and Entertainment training institute. We offers power-packed courses  that help shape a student’s creative career. We trains students in industry-relevant, employment-oriented skills through advanced tools.

Vfx Film Making Course that makes you an all-round VFX specialist.

Vfx Film Making Course that makes you an all-round VFX specialist.

From blockbuster Films to big-budget shows, VFX has become an integral element of the media and entertainment industry. It strikes a balance between art and technology. With the VFX Film Making Course, students can learn the art of VFX design along with VFX techniques on the latest software in the industry.

The curriculum is designed to help students master all the skills needed to be successful in the VFX Film Making world. It equips students with the knowledge required to create complex visual effects, enabling them to become successful professionals in the industry.

The Indian M&E industry is growing at 13.5% per annum and is expected to be worth INR 3.07 trillion in 2024* . The M&E industry is also is expected to provide 65 lakh jobs by 2022.**

Vfx Film Making An Ideal Program for you

  • VFX Film Making teaches students to conceptualise, visualise, plan, implement, execute ideas and become job-ready
  • The program teaches students the complete workflow of VFX in Film Making
  • Students will get a chance to visit top studios in the industry and work on practical assignments
  • Students will also be given opportunities to attend master classes by industry experts
  • Industry experts will help students create a portfolio in the area of specialization
  • Students will be able to log into an online platform for mentorship

Where reality meets and blends with the imagination, Visual Effects (VFX) begins. Our VFX courses trains you to become all-round VFX specialists. Right from the fundamentals to the most advanced techniques and tools, you will learn all that the industry demands from a skilled professional.

With the production of movies like The Avengers and Bahubali, and television shows like Game of Thrones that is set in fantasy worlds, the demand for visual effects is on the rise. Learn VFX and transform the ordinary into extraordinary!

VFX & Animation Courses Institute in vadodara

The program opens doors to multiple career avenues in a wide spectrum of industries:

  • Advertising
  • Banking & Finance
  • Media and Entertainment
  • Retail
  • Telecom & Communication
  • Textile
  • Infrastructure
  • Fashion & Lifestyle
  • E-commerce
  • Instructional Design

The VFX Film Making course helps you gain the understanding of VFX film-making production pipeline & the skills needed to be successful as a VFX professional working in Hollywood, Bollywood, and the Regional film industry.

The course enables you to contribute to the process of storytelling in films with a complete knowledge of Visual Effects.

The modules cover everything from VFX pre-production to 3D & VFX Production and VFX Post Production.

Job Profiles Are Available After The Program

  • Previz / Postviz Artist
  • Asset Artist
  • Layout Artist
  • Rotomation Artist
  • FX Artist
  • Matchmoving Artist
  • Compositor

We are driven to make you employable. Arena Animation focuses on Employment Driven Education and is committed to skill enhancement for the youth. Arena not only provides our students technical skills, but also empowers them with interpersonal skills, which are mandatory for a good job.

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