Short course



ScreenSkills Digital Effects: VFX, Graphics and Titles Training in association with NFTS Scotland

**Please note change to previously advertised dates**

This training programme is supported by the ScreenSkills High-end TV Skills Fund with contributions from UK high-end TV productions. ScreenSkills is the industry-led body for the UK’s screen industries.

Face-to-face delivery, subject to government guidelines allowing, with COVID-19 protocols in place
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Fusion is built into DaVinci Resolve and features a node based workflow with a vast array of 2D and 3D tools. Fusion is ideal for everything from quick fixes such as retouching and repairing shots to creating Hollywood calibre effects.

This introductory course teaches participants how to create visual effects and motion graphics inside of DaVinci Resolve, reducing the need to import and export footage between software applications. Participants will learn the interface making it easy to build and make changes on dynamic and sophisticated effects.

The course covers:

Preparing clips for the Fusion page within Resolve
Exploring the Fusion page interface
Introduction to using nodes for compositing
Pulling a chroma key using the Delta Keyer node
Key-framing moves and effects
Introduction to garbage mattes
Single and 2 point tracking
Planar tracking
Screen replacement using the planar tracker and Delta keyer
Picture clean up using the Paint node
Producing motion graphics and saving as templates for the Edit page
Producing and animating an end credit roller
Animating graphics using simple connections and expressions
Introduction to the 3d workspace
Setting up a 3d scene and animating the camera
Using textured 3d text to produce a title
Importing fbx files
Using the 3d camera tracker
An introduction to the particles suite of tools

This course is suitable for participants interested in a career in post-production, visual and/or digital effects, or are at an early stage in their post-production career.

Knowledge of DaVinci Resolve is required for this course. You may also be interested in our DaVinci Resolve course.


About the tutor:
David Ward has spent nearly 40 years in the broadcast industry – starting as a graphic designer at the breakfast TV station TV-am. He went on to become a co-founder and managing director of a successful Soho Post production facility throughout the nineties and early 2000s and co-own and run a branding agency. For the last decade or so he has been offering services as a freelance designer, editor, VFX supervisor and compositor in both the broadcast and corporate markets. He has been using Fusion for over 15 years and it has been his “go to” toolkit for compositing and motion graphics. He is fully certified by Blackmagic Design as a “Master Trainer” on Da Vinci Resolve, whereby he trains other trainers, obviously specializing in the Fusion page and Fusion Studio standalone. In addition to teaching the Blackmagic curriculum he develops bespoke course for post houses, broadcasters and acadamies.

About ScreenSkills
ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based creative industries - animation, film, games, television including children’s and high-end, VFX and immersive technology. We work across the whole of the country to build an inclusive workforce with the skills needed for continued success, now and in the future.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £150

As this course fee is supported by ScreenSkills, additional bursaries are not available for this course. 


How to apply

Application deadline:

Please complete the application form to apply. You will also be asked to upload your CV.
Please also read the Terms and Conditions of booking as payment of a successful application assumes acceptance of these. 

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