Visual effects (VFX) is the process in which technical images are created or manipulated for a desired effect that is not possible with live action filmmaking. Each job in VFX requires different skills and training is usually needed for the career path. 

Skills needed

  • Knowledge of the VFX process and digital tools required
  • Able to work well in a team and individually
  • Strong communication and organisational skills
  • Able to work under pressure in a fast paced environment
  • Strong communication skills

Job roles

  • Rotoscoping/roto artist
  • Modeling artist
  • Matchmover
  • 2D artist
  • Effects technical director
  • Shader development technical director
  • FX animator
  • Pipeline technical director
  • Rigging technical director
  • VFX artist
  • VFX supervisor/editor

Duties include

  • Designing and creating visual special effects
  • Collating a VFX blueprint, reading the script and communicating with the director and team to determine what special effects are required
  • Identifying mistakes before the final cut
  • Communicating with other departments

Useful links

“What really matters now is talent” VFX experts discuss breaking into the industry

VFX industry in need of new talent

Event report: VFX and Animation

RTS Futures: VFX & Animation