Lesson 6

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  • Project management
  • Workflow
  • Editing and the EDL
  • Nuke's color tools


Till now, all you have worked on is mini projects that involve no more than single clips. These do not require much in the way of project management. For a Hollywood level production a different approach is needed. In this lesson, project management is discussed at a reasonably advanced level. This involves a knowledge of the difference between Development, Pre-production, Production and Post-production.

More info on project management here.

As part of the post-production workflow, we will also be looking at Color Grading and Nuke's color tools. Important color nodes are: Grade, ColorCorrect, HueCorrect. Many other color related pages can be found here.

Nuke Studio will also be introduced (no documentation yet).

Assignment: self-directed practice

From now, until the end of the course, you will be engaged in self-directed practice. Self-directed practice is simply a creative project the focus of which is defined by the student. Typically, it evolves from course work, reference and suchlike. Typically also it derives from the student's existing interests and ambitions.

The role of consultation at the beginning of self-directed practice is important. For this reason, it will start with a personal consultation. During this consultation, the teacher will:

  • Examine the project for its feasibility. Can it be completed in time? Are there sufficient recourses available for its needs? etc.
  • Advise as to its technical requirements. For example, if it involves the learning of new software or new techniques. Such questions all help turn the fuzzy idea into a real plan.
  • Clarify the project. It might be that the student has only the most nebulous idea of what their project is. However, scattered through their prior work are enough clues to give solid form to their ideas.

It is important that the student does not over-reach themselves. If they wish, for example, to do an animation, yet have no prior experience in animation, then an alternative plan should be sought.

Some general ideas for self-directed practice are here: Common VFX Project Types. Very importantly, the typical student last-minute cram WILL NOT WORK. During the progress of self-directed practice, regular consultation should be sought.