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Nuke Tools London

Nuke tools: Having spent half of 2014 working as a freelance Nuke Compositor for TV vfx vendors, I’ve had to make or download various nuke tools that I needed that I usually take for granted in the film world. Theses are those tools. I’ve uploaded them to...

128gb render server goes boom!

YAY! Took a few days how to learn how to set up a linux sever via the commandline. But now I’ve got something to render really complicated sims and photogrammetry with. BOOM! (5 year old Dell Poweredge 16 core server with x5 Raid and x2 fiber – Ebay £300....

Nuke: Camera Shake

Summary: Another Camera Shake Node: Combine CG vectors with 2d camera shake so the CG motion blur does not go wierd. Uses either vector Blur or 2d transform motion blur . GitHub link Intro: My shot, CG BG, Greenscreen FG. Has a fast crane camera move and it requires...

Job Offer Calculator VFX

Job Offer Calculator VFX : Here is a handy excel spreadsheet to check job offers*, or at least the financial aspect of the offer. Most companies present their offers differently making it difficult to compare. Pay date ranges, overtime, holidays, benefits and extras...

Motion Interpolation

When Disney’s Paperman came out it discovered a new technique.  This was using 3d vectors generated from animated geometry to create in-between frames of 2d drawn images or Motion Vector Inbetweening Several VFX companies have started using this...

Nuke Tool: layout cameras & better VFX

Several of the larger vfx companies recently have moved to a different vfx film-making practice which is a small but important concept change in how we work. This is the practice of positioning the shot plate and cg to the blocking or layout position earlier...

2013 ‘Film’ Cameras: indie festivals

Using data of films that have made it to festival release as a long form feature (from www.indiewire.com) I crunched some data into some statistics; here is a quick look and approximation of what indie films used what cameras in the Sundance, SXSW & Tribeca 2013...

Nuke: InverseOver Keying

This is an alternative way of using a matte generated from a key that retains fine detail that an normal over node on its own cannot do. It generates a thin key for the translucent detail on motion blur, hair, dirt on glass etc. I will require a normal key for its...

Nuke: Bokeh Vignette

On the first dark night move this ‘cropped bokeh’ effect was this was requested by  Chris Nolan because the dop Wally Pfister had generated it from his collection of ‘character lenses’ and we needed to match the plate. A very clever chap Adam...

Photogrammetry 2

read part 1 here So what has a burger on a beach got to do with photogammetry? I worked on this commercial for mcDonalds below and we needed to add animated hand-drawn photorealistic paint (suncream) on several actors faces.  So we captured the models of the...

Photogrammetry 1

(fō’tə-grăm’ĭ-trē) Photogrammatry uses the laws of perspective to create mathematical models to determine the coordinates of a point inspace from two or more images. This was first developed by R. Strums and Guido Haick in Germany in 1883. 140 years of...

vfxwiki: keying

link here The most informative and indepth guide for keying moving images on the interveb! new page up at I wrote this based on many years comping twenty major feature films, I have also written keyers that are part of the site toolset at Double Negative....

vfxwiki: adding grain

link here The most informative and indepth guide for adding grain to moving images on the interveb! new page up at vfxwiki.org. I wrote this based on many years of generating grain sims for over twenty major feature films....

Centriod / Lighthouse Motion Capture Lab

Last week i spent a couple of days at Centriod’s huge motion capture stage at Shepperton Studios and a jolly day of lectures and veggie food at Lighthouse’s base in Brighton. Lighthouse is a digital culture agency based in Brighton. They support,...

Hello World

Hello everyone, my name is Rafs. I am a film-maker, who has produced their own projects as well as having been employed as a runner for Ridley Scott, a pop-promo spark, L.A. set carpenter, inner-city remedial unit secondary school teacher, lighting cameraman, online...