Learning Visual Effects for Today’s Student Filmmakers by The Scout 2 years ago 3 min read When you enter the professional filmmaking landscape, you have to adapt to doing more in less time. New technologies and innovations have helped pave the way for this, but a tool is only as good as the artist and their understanding of how to use it. Solutions such as Fusion from Blackmagic Design can give student filmmakers an advantage Moreover, filmmakers are often expected to wear many hats. Job roles and responsibilities have become more blurred as post professionals hustle to be as efficient as possible. Rather than wasting time passing tasks back and forth, its common for a visual effects (VFX) artist to color correct VFX plates or for an editor to use VFX to help finesse a storyline when cutting. Fusion is a VFX and motion graphics software that’s available for free The more that post professionals expand their skillsets and become familiar with other parts of the filmmaking process, the more they will become indispensible in the job market and the more creative freedom they’ll have to express themselves. Taking Advantage of Technology Solutions such as Fusion from Blackmagic Design can give student filmmakers an advantage as they look to learn new technologies and new assets of filmmaking. Fusion is a VFX and motion graphics software that’s available for free. With a Studio version (US$995) that’s used by some of Hollywood’s elite VFX houses, the free version of Fusion provides all of those same high-end VFX features to student filmmakers who are looking to learn VFX or expand their current skillset. Helps train young filmmakers into working in a way that every major post house expects them to work Fusion has a track record of more than 25 years and has made its mark on blockbuster films such as “The Founder,” “The Martian,” “Ant-Man” and “Mockingjay Part Two”; as well as leading television shows such as “Empire,” “11.22.63” and “Elementary.” Available in version Fusion 8.2.1, the software is now available for Mac, Windows and Linux users. Fusion is a full professional 3D VFX and compositing solution designed for independent VFX, motion graphics, and broadcast design artists. It has a node-based architecture that makes it easy to quickly build sophisticated visual effects compositions, and helps train young filmmakers into working in a way that every major post house expects them to work. With Fusion, students can have access to tools such paint, rotoscope, titling, animation, multiple keyers, a 3D particle system, advanced keyframing, and GPU acceleration. They can create atmospheric effects by using Fusion’s deep pixel tools to add volumetric fog, lighting and reflection mapping. *Related link – Learn Fusion 8 * Additionally, they can use Fusion to import 3D models, point cloud data, cameras and entire 3D scenes from Maya, 3ds Max and Lightwave and render them seamlessly with other elements. Moreover, Fusion Studio, the US$995 version of the software, builds upon all of the features in Fusion 8 and adds advanced optical flow tools for retiming, image repair, color smoothing and morphing between different images; the ability to render at resolutions larger than Ultra HD; advanced stereoscopic tools for converting 2D to 3D; support for 3rd party plugins; remote scripting; unlimited render nodes; and Generation, multi-user collaboration software for managing assets, tracking versions, and doing shot-based review and approval. Fusion and Fusion Studio are available for download from the Blackmagic Design website and Fusion Studio is being provided as a top prize for select The Rookies 2017 awards. To learn more about Blackmagic Design’s solutions, including its free professional editing, color correction and finishing software DaVinci Resolve, visit www.blackmagicdesign.com. Read more posts by this author The Scout I'm part machine, part human, with a little sprinkle of unicorn tears thrown in to help me better understand the CG world.