Are you thinking about pursuing a career in the growing fields of animation, video game design, animation, or visual effects? If so, you’ll need creativity, an artistic eye, and a knack for technology. Whether you engineer experiences that put users or players at the center of the action or create effects and sounds for movies and games, you’ll use various tools and techniques like the ones we’ve described here.
But before we jump into the technology and software, here are some definitions of the types of experiences you might create.
Virtual production is where the physical and digital worlds meet. It is an emerging method that uses a suite of software tools to combine live-action footage and computer graphics in real-time using game engine technology. Filmmakers and contributors across multiple locations can deliver feedback across digital or physical environments where cast members are physically working on set.
Augmented reality (AR) is the real world with digital content added to it. Often using a smartphone or smart glasses, 2D or 3D content is projected into a person’s view of the world. Nintendo’s Pokémon Go app is an example of augmented reality.
Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI)
Computer-generated imagery (CGI) is content that one creates using computer graphics. CGI can be 2D or 3D, moving or still, and is used in film, television, and video games.
Virtual reality (VR) is an immersive 3D digital world. Virtual reality places a user inside of an environment that they can interact with and experience.
Now let’s talk about the physical spaces, software programs, 3D creation techniques, and sound editing and music creation tools you might encounter.
3D Fabrication Studio
A 3D fabrication studio contains all the machines, tools, and resources necessary to create 3D art. An example of a device that produces 3D art is a 3D printer.
A 3D Fabrication Studio is a system that involves people, hardware, and software working in sequential order to complete a 3D animation project. This ensures that the production team meets project deadlines.
A green screen is a solid neon green background placed behind a subject during film production. This bright screen provides high contrast and makes it possible for creators to replace the green screen with another background. In other words, the video with the actor in front of the green screen and the video of the desired background are digitally assembled together through the learned skill of compositing.
Inertial and Optical Motion Capture Suit
An actual suit that people wear, motion capture suits record the wearer’s movements and apply those movements to a 3D character. There are two motion capture techniques: Optical Motion Capture and Inertial Motion Capture. Inertial Motion Capture suits use built-in sensors, while Optical Motion Capture suits use reflective markers and cameras surrounding the person wearing the suit.
A render farm is a network of high-performance computers that help creators produce computer-generated images (CGI). These complex graphics are used in films, television shows, and video games to create visual effects and animations.