VFX (visual effects) - to make the impossible possible!
The term ' visual effects' was first coined by Industrial Light and Magic, a visual effects company founded by George Lucas. The manipulation of images shot on film however, has been part of the filmmaking process since film production began over a hundred years ago. Although today, they are helped greatly through the use of computers, as much of our lives also are.
HFF students will learn the fundamentals of visual effects for film. Who is offering such services, how they are created, and what the associated costs are. Most importantly, they learn what possibilities are available to them. Visual effects can enable the realization of any desired story, in any desired genre. Students won't learn the technical aspects in creating the visual effects in a computer, but instead how to assess a script and identify the visual effects possibilities within, and how to implement them.
The seminars start with basic drawing techniques for storyboarding and shot design. Further topics involve working with greenscreens for compositing purposes, using motion capture, and so on through the entire VFX production pipeline.
Within the scheduled lectures is a week focused solely on visual effects. Each day will be dedicated to one specific discipline. For example, producing, supervising, or concept art. By the end, whether they are directors or producers, each student will have an understanding of how visual effects function.
The visual effects taught at HFF Munich serve all branches and genres of film. Not only fictional movies, but documentaries and commercials as well.