Our editors and post-producers can create commonly abbreviated visual effects using Visual F/X or VFX. VFX refers to the various processes by which an image is created and/or modified outside the context of live action shooting.
Visual effects can be used to add live action footage and computer generated images (CGI) which may be too dangerous or too expensive or simply impossible to create in real life. CGI images have become increasingly common in big budget movies, while also becoming more accessible to amateur filmmakers, thanks to the introduction of affordable animation and compositing software products.
Visual effects can be divided into 4 main categories:
- Models: miniature, animatronics and stop motion animations.
- Matte paintings: still images digitally or traditionally painted or photographs used as backgrounds during compositing or with a rotoscope.
- Live action effects: compositing of actors or models through the use of green screen or blue screen.
- Digital animation: modeling, computer graphics, lighting, texturing, rigging, animation and rendering of 3D characters, particle effects, and digital sets and backgrounds.
VFX are designed and edited in post-production through the use of graphic design, modeling and animation software products. Special effects, on the other hand, are typically made on set, including explosions, car chases, etc. A visual effects supervisor works closely with the production team and the film’s director from the very early stages of the process in order to produce the desired effects.
The most widely used VFX software products are After Effects, Nuke, 3D Studio Max, Maya, and various plugins.