Visual Effects for Indie Filmmakers: A Guide to VFX Integration and Artist Collaboration

Shaina Holmes, Laurie Powers Going

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This book provides independent filmmakers and VFX artists with tools to work collaboratively and effectively on their low-budget films. Experts Shaina Holmes and Laurie Powers Going define common VFX needs and demystify the process of incorporating VFX into all stages of production. The book covers every step of the process, including when to consider using VFX, basics of 2D and 3D methodology, budgeting, virtual production, on-set supervision, and more. It provides tips and tricks to common VFX questions, such as color management and file types, along with practical solutions for the production team while on-set working with VFX scenes. The incorporation of testimonials from indie filmmakers and VFX/post production professionals brings a voice to both sides of the table and provides real-world scenarios for the techniques described. The book offers realistic lower-budget alternative solutions to achieving big-budget vision. This book is ideal for students on a micro budget and independent filmmakers on low to mid budgets working with visual effects for photorealistic film, TV, and short-form projects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages365
ISBN (Electronic)9781000989762
ISBN (Print)9781032282107
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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