Module Title:   Visual Effects

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   EM-4062D

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Year

Module Occurrence:   E

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 7

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Film & Media

Related Department/Subject Area:   School of Computing, Informatics and Media (Creative Technology)

Principal Co-ordinator:   Jason Theaker

Additional Tutor(s):   Mark Spevick

Prerequisite(s):   EM-4061D

Corequisite(s):   None

To extend students` 3D skills towards a commercial visual effects pipeline and integrating CG into a live action plate.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Students taught through direct instruction and supervision of tutors. Tutors also support practical work and self directed study. Additional support is provided via a VLE.

Lectures:   0.00          Directed Study:   40.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   80.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   80.00          Formal Exams:   0.00          Total:   200.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

(i) have an in-depth understanding of the concepts behind the use of software tools in a visual effects production environment

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

(i) critically evaluate and select software tools and techniques to create a visual effects shot.
(ii) track a live action shot to a professional standard.
(iii) model, light, render and composite a CG object into a live action shot.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

(i) communicate effectively.
(ii) manage time to complete given tasks to a specified deadline.

  Coursework   60%
  Production of VFX Shot
  Laboratory Report   40%
  Logbook (2000 words)

Outline Syllabus:
Advanced texturing
Camera tracking
Rendering for compositing
Introduction to FX
Introduction to compositing

Reading List
Autodesk User Guide []
Introducing Autodesk Maya 2013 (Autodesk Official Training Guides), Dariush Derakhshani, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 978-1118130568
Mastering Autodesk Maya 2013 (Autodesk Official Training Guides), Todd Palamar, Lee Lanier, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 978-1118130582

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