What is Academy @ The Focus?

Academy @ The Focus is a free virtual program preparing artists for their journey through the world’s top visual effects studios through intensive training. Technicolor’s diversified reach in visual effects enables us to guide, mentor, and train these artists to meet the highest industry standards.

Our courses prepare you for a career in visual effects by working with industry experts on their creative, technical, procedural, and soft skills. They also provide a great opportunity to gain experience and expertise to build upon as you progress in your career. Upon completion of the course you will have the opportunity to directly apply for available roles at Technicolor, and potentially receive a joining bonus, if offered a position.

Environments / 3DDMP
This course is designed to sharpen your skills to be the best 3DDMP artist you can be, whether it’s working out areas of your game that need practice or introducing you to some techniques you may not have realised you’re good at. This course will help set you up with a generalist skillset and understand a bit of everything. Whether it’s modelling, texturing, digital matte painting, layout and asset management, or even helping out other departments, if it’s in the background of a shot, it’ll be your job to make it look good.
montreal
montreal
Canada
toronto
toronto
Canada
london
london
UK
adelaide
adelaide
Australia
bengaluru
bengaluru
India
course duration
8 weeks
Time commitment
40 hours a week
Timing of live sessions
One per day up to 3 hours
What do we offer?

<ul>

<li>A free online course of 8 weeks to get you up to the standard required to deliver first-class VFX</li>

<li>Dedicated mentoring from a senior artist/trainer</li>

<li>Intensive training using industry standard software tools (provided) while using our high-quality training materials&nbsp;</li>

<li>Continued access to video tutorials featuring industry experts and the potential to use your project work in showreels</li>

<li>The opportunity to apply to available roles at Technicolor and to potentially receive a bonus if offered a position</li>

</ul>

Week

<p>1: Matte Painting 101</p>

<p>2: Introduction to Projected Matte Painting</p>

<p>3: Introduction to the Master Shot; What is 3DDMP; Choosing Subjects/Gathering Reference; Image Composition/Lessons in Perspective; Scene Layout; Folder Structures and Naming Conventions; Projected Matte Painting/plate cleanup</p>

<p>4: Modelling for Production</p>

<p>5: Modelling for Production; Mari Setup/Interface/Uvs/Working Methods; Setting Up in Substance Painter; Texturing/Lookdev</p>

<p>6: Texturing/Lookdev; Turntables and the Approval Process</p>

<p>7: Scattering; Colour Theory and ACES colour workflow; Final Touch ups, extra lessons, making slapcomp</p>

<p>8: Final Touch ups, extra lessons, making slapcomp; Delivering Your Shot to Comp/Final Shot Submission</p>

Minimum Technical requirements

<p><strong>Hardware</strong>:&nbsp;</p>

<ul>

<li>Our cloud workstation desktop client runs on any computer that has the following operating systems: Windows 10 and MacOS El Capitan (and above).&nbsp;</li>

</ul>

<p><strong>Wacom Tablets:</strong></p>

<ul>

<li>Wacom Tablets are required for this course.&nbsp;</li>

</ul>

<p><strong>Network and software:&nbsp;</strong></p>

<ul>

<li>Our cloud workstations provide all software needed and run on as little as 20Mbps of stable bandwidth per screen.</li>

</ul>

Who can apply?
  • Recent graduates of a VFX program or entry/junior level candidates looking for their first break in the VFX industry.
  • Candidates ready to cross the bridge from learning into a professional career.
  • Artists with a drive, passion and commitment to deliver first class VFX.
Applying
  • Please apply with your department specific demo reel and CV attached
  • Complete the provided skills test
  • Get feedback by the Academy admissions team