What is Special Effect?
Special effects are visual tricks used in the movie, television, theatre, video game and simulator industries to simulate the imagined events in a virtual world. Special effects Artists use the technique to blend both physical techniques and digital wizardry.
Nothing is impossible – Living, breathing dinosaurs roam the Earth, Humans rocket to distant galaxies and war with alien races, Monsters rise from the sea and destroy this types of cinematic magic is made possible by the hard work of special effects artists. Hundreds of computer animators, explosives experts, model makers, puppeteers and make-up artists spend thousands of hours crafting these on-screen realities.
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How to Become a Special Effects Artist?
Special effects artists create mythical creatures in fantasy films, huge explosions in action movies and realistic 3D environments seen in many animated movies. Read on to learn about what does a special effects artist do, educations and skills requirements, educational programs, working conditions and potential wages in this field.
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What does a Special Effects Artist Do?
Special effects artist focus on post-production effects for films or tv shows; this type of work involves in image editing to achieve a variety of effects. Example: you may be adding non-existent animals, erasing anachronistic items or merging multiple shots to create layered scenes. This work is done using digital software, which may require long hours in front of a computer working.
Also, special effects artists perform practical work on in-progress productions, and you have to use theatrical makeup to give an actor fake wounds. You could also work with puppets, models or robots. Working on a film or TV set may require travel, depending on the nature of the production.
Education Requirement for Special Effects Artists
There is no specific degree required for a career as a special effects artist; some employers may provide on-the-job training. However, certified programs can help you develop your skills and may lead to increased employment opportunities.
Arena Sayajigunj offers a certified course in visual effect this course may include basic and advanced special effect training such as visual arts, digital arts, computer graphics, lighting, digital sculpting, animation, modelling, painting and others.
Skills Required for a Special Effects Artist
A special effects artist turns texts into pictures. Artist can cultivate the art of listening. Writers and directors describe specific ideas to the special effects artist, and the artist must understand the concept and create an image that comes as close as possible to the original concept.
Special effects artist use computer software such as After Effects, Houdini, 3D max, Maya, nuke. Technical knowledge must be coupled with natural artistic talent.
Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines is very important for a special effects artist. Whether the artist works in the film industry, music video field or video game, artists work on a project basis. Film and video projects factor time into budgets and if delays that put a project over-budget can stop the project.
Working Conditions of Special Effects Artists
A special effects artist works with a myriad of personalities to make a project come together. Often several special effects artists are working on different components of the same scene, and they must work together to design one seamless image. Artists make their images work with live actors, backgrounds and other special effects artists who may be working on other image types.
Special effects artists work for large companies, such as Industrial Light & Magic, Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks, or for independent filmmakers.
Special effects artists create optical, mechanical and computer-generated effects that are used in video games or for tv shows, movies or music videos. They must be skilled in computer software that generates effects and needs the ability to work under pressure and deadlines.
Some Related Alternative Careers
Graphic designers create images with computers to communicate ideas that convey specific messages to consumers, primarily through brochures, advertisements and magazines. Web design and developers have similar responsibilities in regards to the overall look and feel of a website. Art directors use their trained eyes to influence and control the overall visual style of magazines, packaging, newspapers, and film/TV productions. They need strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills as they direct others who develop and format the artwork.
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Difference Between Visual Effect and Special Effect
Visual Effect (VFX)
VFX are done in post-production, through the power of a computer animation software. For Example, if you create a computer model of a spaceship and fly it across the background of a scene or If you greenscreen an actor to make it look like he’s falling from a plane, all this is possible using VFX.
Special Effect (SFX)
SFX are done ‘in camera,’ that actually, physically happen. For Example, if you drop a matchstick in petrol can and record the resultant blast or If you build a prosthetic arm, then attach it to actor then have it ripped off, and blood spurt out all these things are done using SFX.
You can also mix both them up, like shooting an SFX footage and composite it using VFX.
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