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CGI Artists and Visual Effects (VFX) Specialists
Title Visual Effects Technicians
Categories CGI Artists and Visual Effects (VFX) Specialists
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Visual effects technicians, sometimes referred to in the industry as special effects technicians (which is wrong, in that special are in camera, visual effects are post production), use computer software programs to create virtual worlds and characters for movies and television shows. These technicians need a fine eye for detail and the ability to follow a director’s artistic ideas. Although not essential as experience is preferential, most technicians possess a bachelor’s degree in art with a focus related to digital media

Creating animation effects for film, television, and the Internet, multimedia artists use computer software programs to produce computer generated imagery (CGI). These individuals use special computer applications to color, shade, and morph images as needed. Within the motion picture industry, visual effects technicians blend film segments of real actors with CGI elements to create the appearance of interaction between actors and a virtual world.

O*NET Online states that visual effects technicians, as multimedia artists, also draw storyboards that help the director position the actors to best interact with CGI elements that will be added in post-production editing. Technicians also meet with the director and film crew to discuss what CGI effects are needed and how they should look onscreen.

Most employers require multimedia artists to possess a bachelor’s degree that focuses on animation and digital media, such as a fine arts degree. A portfolio often includes several drawing classes, software and graphic design, motion design, 2-D and 3-D imagery, animation techniques, and digital illustration.

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Title Previsualisation Artists
Categories CGI Artists and Visual Effects (VFX) Specialists
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A specialist task involving conceptualising a sequence, often involving complex and expensive action, through the use of 3D FX character animation.

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Title CGI Artists
Categories CGI Artists and Visual Effects (VFX) Specialists
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Computer-generated imagery (CGI) is the creation of still and moving images and visual effects using computer hardware and software. CGI artists create characters, environments, objects, special effects and locations, both real and imagined. Although CGI encompasses many specialties in computer graphics, 2-D and 3-D animation and special effects, the term is most often used to refer to 3-D animations created for television, video games and film.

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Title CGI Artists
Categories CGI Artists and Visual Effects (VFX) Specialists
Job Information

Computer-generated imagery (CGI) is the creation of still and moving images and visual effects using computer hardware and software. CGI artists create characters, environments, objects, special effects and locations, both real and imagined. Although CGI encompasses many specialties in computer graphics, 2-D and 3-D animation and special effects, the term is most often used to refer to 3-D animations created for television, video games and film.

Many multimedia artists and animators, including CGI artists, are self-employed and therefore must spend time finding work. Although they might work long hours to meet deadlines, they often work from home or other convenient locations.

Many positions require professional experience. New artists or graduates may have to accept assistant-level positions to obtain the necessary on-the-job experience to advance. This field also has many freelance opportunities available, allowing artists to commission CGI art for experience and a contract fee.

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  • Volunteer locally. Volunteering to perform CGI work for schools or other nonprofit organizations can provide valuable experience. Additionally, cable access stations may seek volunteers to provide programming and production services, which can be included in an artist’s portfolio.
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