Daniel is a senior Houdini FX artist with 15 years of experience working on blockbusters such as Terminator: Dark Fate, John Wick 3, Aquaman, The Wolverine, and Game of Thrones.Read full bio
Ben's worked on high-profile commercials and Unreal Engine VR experiences for projects like Game of Thrones, Interstellar and Ready Player One.Read full bio
Kate is a VFX artist in the motion picture industry. She primarily works with Houdini, and in her spare time runs a blog based on incorporating scientific ideas in VFX, and general Houdini tips.Read full bio
Originally from Hungary, Gyuri's work has taken him all over the world: from Weta in Wellington, to Animal Logic in Sydney, Method in Melbourne, and now Mainframe in Vancouver.Read full bio
Claire has more than 25 years' experience as an FX artist for films and games on projects like Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, X-Men First Class, and Clash of the Titans.Read full bio
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Are FX artists in demand?
Yes! Skilled FX artists are in the top 5 most in demand VFX jobs.
Visual effects are everywhere in movies, TV shows, games and advertising, even if not immediately obvious. Things that aren’t safe, practical or cost-effective to shoot in real life (e.g. fire, destruction, frosty breath, blood splatter, bullet hits, sparks, clouds, ocean extensions, splashes) are created by FX artists.
Studios also rely on FX artists to fix all kinds of problems. If a scene requires snow, but it’s the wrong season or shoot location, FX artists will add it in.
What qualifications do you need to be a VFX artist?
In order to get a job as a VFX artist, you will need a strong portfolio showing you have a good eye for detail, strong technical and artistic skills, and proficiency in industry software such as Houdini and Redshift.
A SideFX Certified School, CG Spectrum teaches students how to model, texture, simulate and render all kinds of VFX shots from scratch using Houdini and Redshift to ensure they have a strong portfolio.
How do I start learning VFX?
Start learning VFX by taking an online FX course from CG Spectrum, a SideFX Certified School. You'll be personally mentored by professional FX artists who have worked on blockbuster films and best-selling games. The full study pathway is 12 months, and you'll be ready to start applying for junior FX jobs upon graduation.
You can also try to learn on your own by downloading the software and watching tutorials online. This can be more difficult, as it's hard to find reliable sources of information, and there's no one keeping you accountable or offering expert feedback on your work.