1-Week Visual Effects Workshop

Learn How To Make Visual Effects at NYFA

The 1-Week Visual Effects Workshop is an intensive hands-on exploration of Adobe After Effects, a digital visual effects, motion graphics, and compositing application. This workshop, held at our NYFA Florence campus, introduces students to the tools and skills necessary to create impressive visual effects and digital image manipulation. No prior experience is required to attend.

Workshop DescriptionWorkshop Name: 1-Week Visual Effects Workshop

In this hands-on workshop, students complete a series of specific projects, with plenty of room for exploration and experimentation. Central to NYFA’s philosophy of learning by doing, students learn the craft of visual effects through hands-on instruction and continuous practical exercises. Every day of the workshop, students can expect to be actively creating, manipulating, editing, and assessing VFX imagery. Students expand their repertoire of fundamental and advanced techniques, including keying, tracking, compositing, and animation. The program is constructed to deliver a great deal of content in just one week, and students cover topics such as:

    Understanding compositing fundamentals opens the door to your creativity. In this 1-Week workshop, you will learn how to combine visual elements from separate sources into single images, creating the illusion that these elements are part of the same scene.
    Learn the process, 2.5D animation used to make images or scenes that simulate the appearance of being three-dimensional. Students will bring still images to life by creating a false perspective and also learn how to animate cameras for creating distance parallax.
    Students will learn the key components of creating incredible visual effects such as camera tracking, particle systems, image masking, and more to create common cinematic effects including fire, explosions, set extensions, fog, rain, and snow, as well learn how to use color correction, look up tables, use green screen footage, animation effects, digital distortion, screen and monitor image replacement, create planets and space imagery, energy portals, and even the ability to turn people into dust clouds!

NYFA also offers the possibility to learn 3D Animation and VFX from anywhere through a variety of online 3D Animation and VFX workshops.

To learn more about NYFA’s 3D animation and visual effects workshops, see NYFA’s Course Catalog or request more information.


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Daniela Lobo Dias  

Daniela Lobo Dias

Visual Effects Artist | Director | Writer

Scott Cullen  

Scott Cullen


Kemer Stevenson  

Kemer Stevenson

3D Animator | VFX Artist


Please note: Equipment, curriculum, and projects are subject to change and may vary depending on location. Students should consult the most recently published campus catalog for the most up-to-date curriculum.