What is a Compositor?
You’ll find Compositors working in animation and post-production. They are the ones with all the technical know-how, who bring the various elements of the production together. Compositors are responsible for creating the final product. They do this by piecing together each layer of previously created material. Previously created materials include live action, visual effects, 2D animation, computer graphics and more. That’s a lot of technical know-how!
In this role an expert knowledge of computer graphics is mandatory. Further, knowledge should span the entire process as Compositors will receive materials from a range of sources. So, apart from being a technical wiz, what else is important when becoming a Compositor? Well, Compositors also need to have a flair for the artistic, and an eye for detail. They are responsible for the continuity of the final product and as such must work as part of a larger team to match things like colour levels and lighting. They are also responsible for adding motion blur, mattes and creating shadows.
Yes, even simple things like shadows can have a huge impact on the final piece. Take Monsters University for example, Pixar created a whole new Global Illumination lighting system for the movie which enabled reflections and shadows to be created automatically.
- Knowledge of the CG process
- Eye for detail
- Willing to work long hours when necessary
- Artistic flair
- Ability to work well in a team
- Good communicator
- Willing to continuously learn and stay up to date with industry developments.
How To Become a Compositor
To become a Compositor you will need a degree to get started. You could look to study photography, drawing, illustration, computer animator or a related topic. You should be well versed in all the latest composting, proprietary and animation software. Some common software includes:
- After Effects
But more than just knowing how to use these bits of software, you will need to keep up with all the changes and developments in the field. After a few years working in the animation process, and other areas of post-production, you will usually progress to working as a Compositor.
Become a Compositor Today
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