Profession special effects artist

Special effects artists create illusions for movies, videos and computer games. They use computer software.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Multimedia systems

    The methods, procedures and techniques pertaining to the operation of multimedia systems, usually a combination of software and hardware, presenting various types of media such as video and audio.

  • Graphic design

    The techniques to create a visual representation of ideas and messages.

  • Computer equipment

    The offered computers, computer peripheral equipment and software products, their functionalities, properties and legal and regulatory requirements.

  • ICT software specifications

    The characteristics, use and operations of various software products such as computer programmes and application software.

  • Motion graphics

    The techniques and software for creating the illusion of motion such as keyframing, Adobe After Effects, and Nuke.

  • Digital compositing

    The process and software for digitally assembling multiple images to make one, final image.

Skills

  • Analyse a script

    Break down a script by analysing the dramaturgy, form, themes and structure of a script. Conduct relevant research if necessary.

  • Develop animations

    Design and develop visual animations using creativity and computer skills. Make objects or characters appear lifelike by manipulating light, colour, texture, shadow, and transparency, or manipulating static images to give the illusion of motion.

  • Follow work schedule

    Manage the sequence of activities in order to deliver completed work on agreed deadlines by following a work schedule.

  • Adapt to type of media

    Adapt to different types of media such as television, movies, commercials, and others. Adapt work to type of media, scale of production, budget, genres within type of media, and others.

  • Study media sources

    Study various media sources such as broadcasts, print media, and online media in order to gather inspiration for the development of creative concepts.

  • Design graphics

    Apply a variety of visual techniques in order to design graphic material. Combine graphical elements to communicate concepts and ideas.

  • Finish project within budget

    Make sure to stay within budget. Adapt work and materials to budget.

  • Provide multimedia content

    Develop multimedia materials such as screen shots, graphics, slide shows, animations and videos to be used as content integrated in a broader informational context.

  • Create moving images

    Create and develop two-dimensional and three-dimensional images in motion and animations.

  • Follow a brief

    Interpret and meet requirements and expectations, as discussed and agreed upon with the customers.

Optional knowledge and skills

synfig microsoft visio manage portfolio gimp copyright legislation manage feedback graphics editor software adobe photoshop sketchbook pro operate 3d computer graphics software motion capture convert into animated object 3d lighting adobe illustrator consult with production director render 3d images

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