By Clement Gharini

Learning VFX is not just about learning a software. Knowing the tool is only the bare minimum expected from us all. In fact, the most important value in the trade is not our knowledge of the softwares but our vision and understanding of a scene, its composition, its light, depth and motion.

To acquire such a unique insight and creative power, VFX artists need to learn the DNA of images. They must connect the dots between the different components and stages of image making. In other words: to get the ‘big picture’, VFX artists have to look beyond the computer screens.

Cinematographers and VFX artists may use very different tools but they are making the same Image, they are dealing with the same medium with the same attributes and parameters, at two ends of the same spectrum.

In that respect, the practice of Visual Effects truly is Cinematography, only made with computers. And contrary to the tools – cameras or softwares – the science of images is a timeless, universal and highly transferable knowledge.

Cinematography is a key subject area here at Escape Studios. Check out the video below for a behind the scenes look at one of our Cinematography days.