2nd April 2024
29th March 2024
Mode of study
Part time (Tuesday and Thursday afternoons: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Fully subsidised in partnership with London Metro Skills Cluster.
Currently a VFX production junior and wanting to climb the ladder or upskill to your next Production role?
This course will give you the skills, knowledge and understanding to enter the production teams of studios, working on feature films, high-end TV and high-end commercials.
As well as giving comprehensive foundational skills and knowledge, this course also introduces you to the higher-level roles and tasks of a VFX Producer such as scheduling, bidding and managing artists. This will help new entrants to understand the entire producing ecosystem and point you in the direction of travel for future career development.
Why choose this course
Industry briefs - work on industry-standard briefs and experience real-life scenarios, just like in a professional studio
Professional input - our advisory board of experts, from the likes of DNEG (Avengers: Endgame and Oscar-winning Dune) and MPC (The Lion King and 1917), help keep this course relevant
Successful alumni - join our community of thousands of Escapees, many of whom have gone on to work at some of the world’s top studios including Framestore, Netflix and DNEG. 47 Escapees worked on Avengers: Endgame, 36 on No Time to Die and 16 on Stranger Things
Industry-standard software - study in a studio environment that mirrors current industry practice, using professional software such as ShotGrid (previously Shotgun)
Fast-track learning - studying a short course allows you to learn new skills quickly, in a fast-paced environment, so you can start applying for jobs as soon as you’ve completed the programme
Intensive training - we pack a lot into a few evening classes, and we recommend that you work outside of classes for an extra few hours per week to complete your assignments
Flexibility - study live online and in the evening to fit the course around your professional and personal life and other commitments
Strong skillset - along with an Escape Studios Certificate of Completion, you'll leave with strong skills including personal and soft skills that will help you make the difference in a studio
Small class sizes - a convivial environment allows students to assist and inspire one another and benefit from personalised feedback from tutors.
Introduction to production
Principles and roles of production
The VFX pipeline
The 2D/3D and animation pipelines - how they work with production
Introduction to bidding and creating VFX breakdowns
Start individual 7-week project
Introduction to scheduling
Introduction to production software ShotGrid – setup, navigation, tracking and tasking
ShotGrid in practice - setting tasks
Gathering, understanding and processing production data, information and production milestones
Dailies and note taking - best practices
Shotgun tasks, versions and status
Working with the Editorial Department within a VFX facility
Creating playlists and dailies in ShotGrid for client reviews
Shotgun in practice - setting task
Rounds and teams
Relationships - working with VFX Artists and Supervisors
Understanding the wider VFX world – VFX facilities, clients and vendors
Production client side
Facility finance and reports
Presentation of VFX breakdowns
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Have prior experience working in a Visual Effects Production department.
Be based in London, Buckinghamshire, Surrey or Hertfordshire.
Be over 18.
Have a good understanding of written and spoken English.
Feel comfortable using a computer.
A strong internet connection
An external hard drive (minimum 2TB) to back up your work during the course
A three-button mouse (or optionally graphics tablet)
A computer microphone (and optionally a webcam)
To apply, complete our online application form below.
If you have any questions about your application or our entry requirements, get in touch!
As part of the application process, you will need to agree to our terms and conditions for your place on the course to be secured.
We welcome and encourage applications from students with a variety of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.
To study this short course, you must:
If you’d like to discuss your circumstances before applying, contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0) 203 441 1303.
We can provide remote access to our workstations during teaching time. Due to availability restrictions, we highly advise you to have your own set up at home to study in your own time.
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“As you might be aware there is a distinct lack of production candidates out there and this is a good way to get into the industry at a junior level as a VFX coordinator for example.” Neil Roche, Head of 3D at Milk VFX.
You’ll leave with an Escape Studios Certificate of Achievement, and our Producing courses are very highly regarded in the wider industry and we have many success stories.
Our previous students have gone on to progress through the ranks in world class VFX studios, including Netflix and DNEG. Read some of our VFX Escapee success stories.
Check out our Careers Guide for more information about career opportunities and progression routes.
Meet our industry-experienced tutors
Martin Gabriel is the lead tutor on this course. He has over twenty years of experience working from pre to post production in VFX in London and Hollywood, on large budget films as well as smaller independent productions for films, TV and commercials.
Although he has mostly worked on large budget Hollywood projects including Lost in Space and The Nice Guys, these days he is often to be found working on smaller, independent, European films
I thought the Escape Studios showcase was very well executed and very professional, I was impressed with the level of production involved in terms of using Shotgrid for asset management and spreadsheets for shot management.