Career outlook for VFX artist
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
From the battle scenes in The Avengers to creating Middle Earth in The Lord of the Rings, visual effects (VFX) combines computer generated imagery (CGI) with live action footage to create environments that would otherwise be too expensive, dangerous or just not possible to film.
These days, VFX is common in almost every type of film, TV production or computer game and is a fast-growing industry. Whether it’s using motion capture technology, computer-generated imagery or giant puppets, VFX films create fantasy worlds and creatures only limited by the film makers imagination.
As a VFX artist you’d use software to create animations and special effects. You might also have to operate cameras, work with lighting, and use microphones to shoot videos and record audio,
To create the finished visuals you’d work with a team of VFX artists, engineers, designers, and producers to meet the desired vision.
Things you might do:
- Come up with creative ideas and solutions for visual effects
- Use software and other resources available to you to design creative special effects
- Communicate your ideas to the project leads and other members of the team or the client
- Work with the project lead to create a plans and schedules
- Be able to match the required art style of a project even if it might not be your creative vision
- Work to tight deadlines and budgets
- Work with the editorial department to manage edits
Things to think about:
The film industry is mainly centred around London, but there are some smaller indie firms in towns and cities around the UK.
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