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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From the horse’s mouth, DaVinci Resolve is the only solution that combines editing, color correction, visual effects, motion graphics and audio post-production all in one software tool. This new short course focuses on the operation skills participants need to working with DaVinci Resolve to edit, colour grade and create visual effects for their own projects and future employment.

The course covers:

Basic project set-up
Importing media using the scene cut detector
Importing media using an EDL
Primary grading controls and basic grading
Secondary grading controls
Importing media using an AAF
Keying Shapes
Node trees
External Mattes
OFX Plugins
Film Convert
Making a LUT

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.

You may wish to progress to our DaVinci Fusion course

About the tutor
Chris Packman joined the BBC in 1980 aged 18. He graded his first major drama “The Insurance Man” with director Richard Eyre in 1985. Between then and leaving the BBC in September 2012 he worked on many different programmes from all genres including:- “Jonathan Creek”, “The Football Millionaire’s”, “Serious Jungle”, “Last of the Summer Wine”, “The Cut”, “Oceans”, “Arena”, “Casualty” and “Our Friends in the North”. He was nominated for a BAFA award by the BBC in 1999 for his work on the dramas “David Copperfield” and “Wives and Daughters”. In 2008 he was again nominated for a BAFTA and RTS award for his work on the drama “Criminal Justice”. After leaving he returned to Television Centre in February 2013 to grade what was probably the last ever drama to be graded at the site the pilot episode for the series “Our Girl”. Since leaving the BBC to work as a freelance colourist Chris has mostly been working at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield as a tutor teaching grading and post-production. He has had a long association with the grading of “EastEnders” and in 2016-17 graded 300 episodes of the soap. In 2019 he completed the grading of series 2 of “Britain’s Biggest Warship” with Timeline Television in Soho. Recently he has been involved with Blistek Ltd working as a consultant colourist on updating the Digital Vision Nucoda. 

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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