Josh Parks – Make a VFX Portfolio Website In Under An Hour – A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

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Visit his website Compositing Pro  for many tips and tricks for success in the VFX industry.

 

 

Every VFX artist needs a portfolio, to ensure that recruiters have a way to find all the information about you. It can be extremely simple looking and take very little time to setup a professional looking site.

 

Before we start, let’s cover a few key website terms:

  • Domain Name: This is the address that you type in to get to your website. They are typically ‘www.something.com’. For instance, my domain name is www.joshparks.co.uk If you want a domain name, you don’t buy it. Instead, you register it for a period of time. Generally by paying a yearly fee. If you don’t renew your domain name when the time period expires someone else can register it. For the purpose of this article, we don’t really need to worry about this as most hosting comes with a free domain name. As long as you keep paying for your hosting you will keep your domain.

 

  • Hosting: Is what we call the physical place where your website is stored. Most websites are stored on a computer in a big warehouse along with thousands of other websites. All connected to the internet with a superfast internet connection. These computers are called servers, and you rent them through a host. I use Bluehost both this site and my portfolio, it costs only $3.95 a month.

 

  • Portfolio Platform: This is what actually runs your website. Gone are the days when you had to program a website from scratch in HTML. Now you just install wordpress with a few clicks and your website is up and running.

 

  • Theme: This is what your site actually looks and feels like. It is an add-on to your blogging platform that makes your website pretty and unique. There are hundreds of themes out there, including free and paid-for ones.

 

  • Plugins: These are extra things you can install on top of the portfolio platform to make your website better. They are built by third-party developers and once again there are free and paid for ones.

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Animation – Artistic and technical approach by Kostadin Martic

Everything that is needed from artistic and technical knowledge in order to do the animation professionally and with teamwork sense. Lecture held by Kostadin Martić, co-founder of Spring Onion Studio and Animation Lead, in VFX Crater Training Center during CGA Warm-up . The video is really dynamic and worth watching!

Josh Parks – Life as a VFX Artist – Unconventional Advice to Aspiring VFX Artist

Josh Parks is an experiences compositing artist working from DNEG to ILM and many other studios. He has shared his story and gave a few great advice how to progress in the VFX industry. Lets hear his story.

 

 

 

 

Josh runs a great website Compositing Pro, and releases frequent newsletter with great tips and advice.

 

In The Talk Josh Covers:

0:00 – What I’ve done so far in my career at Industrial Light and Magic, DNEG & MPC as a VFX compositor.
16:59 – Tips on increasing your odds of getting into the VFX industry.
24:37 – Starting small and working up to the big VFX companies.
27:19 – Don’t be a dick
27:45 – Get yourself a VFX mentor
29:09 – How luck can play a huge part in your life as a VFX artist and how to create your own luck.
30:34 – Embracing the unconventional life that being a VFX artist brings.
32:32 – Knowing when to copy and when to steal
35:05 – Work life balance as a VFX artist
37:10 – Q&A
Check Josh’s Compositing Showreel

Discover the power of Smart Vectors in Nuke – Foundry Webinar

 

 

Discover the power of Smart Vectors in Nuke Chris Wetherly will showcase the power and efficiency of Smart Vectors in Nuke, to help address common workflow problems faced by compositing artists. He’ll also dive into some examples of how Smart Vectors can help get you to a finalized shot faster than before.

Discover more about Nuke: foundry.com/products/nuke