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Camera Tracking Part 1.

May 9, 2019

When it comes to compositing, tracking and making mattes are two of the most important skills.  Here's part one of a tacking tutorial that will get you through the basic work flow of NukeX's Camera Tracking node.

Planar Tracker Basics

April 25, 2019

Here's a recording of one of the lessons I teach at Colorado Film School on using the Planar Tracker in Nuke.  Enjoy

Leveling up - with Nuke

April 12, 2019

Here's an interesting video that covers some of the habits you should be adopting as a compositor. 

On the hardware side, all of our machines have tablets for the artists.  There a little more user friendly than a mouse.  Here's a link to the Wacom Intuos Graphics Drawing Tablet with 3 Bonus Software Included, 7.9"x 6.3", Black (CTL4100)">Wacom Intuos

Nuke's Bounding Box Management

March 31, 2019

Here's a quick look at Nukes new node graph setting to flag nodes that have big bounding box's.

The Reading LIst

March 25, 2019

As an Adjunct Professor at Colorado Film School I occasionally get asked what books should I be reading.  Here’s a list of some of the books I’ve found to be the most valuable for my development as an artist:

The Visual Story

Optics and Focus

Operating Cinematography
VES Handbook

On Making Money

Investing for Dummyies


If it’s Purple someone is going to Die

Masters Of Light

Lastly: This is the textbook I use in my class

The Filmmakers Guide To VFX

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