What is CVD Comp Academy

CVD VFX has recently opened a training program for candidates ready to cross the bridge from learning into a professional career as a compositor. The program will be based in Squamish, BC.

What is Compositing?

Compositing is the seamless integration of multiple layers, often from different sources to create a new scene or stylized look, it’s essentially a-over-b and it’s also the final step in the VFX pipeline before a shot is graded and hits the big screen.

Who is this program for?

Recent graduates or entry/junior level candidates looking for their first break in the VFX industry should apply.


What do we offer?

A 12 week training period focusing on job ready skills for feature film compositing in Nuke

Dedicated mentoring from senior team members and guest lectures from industry professionals.

Intensive schooling on industry standard software and leading industry tools.

An opportunity to graduate after 12 weeks to a paid internship working in the VFX industry.

24-hour access to industry software and top-end workstations to continue learning and working on your own time.



Course Overview

Here is a brief overview of the concepts and key techniques students will be learning throughout the program:

Week 1 - Introduction to Compositing, the VFX industry and common workflows
Week 2 - Colour correction & Rotoscoping
Week 3 - Transforms & Tracking
Week 4 - Filters & Retiming
Week 5 - Layering & Keying Pt 1
Week 6 - Keying Pt 2
Week 7 - Advanced Transforms, Tracking & 3D Compositing
Week 8 - Advanced Rotoscoping & Cleanup
Week 9 - Basic Animation & Expressions
Week 10 - Advanced techniques
Week 11 - Stylization & Look Development
Week 12 - Demo Reel Development

Students will be assigned out-of-class assignments and complete work from completed feature films & television. Each student will be reviewed and given notes on their work following the same workflow as top VFX studios.

One-Month Paid Internship

Graduates of CVD Compositing Academy will be offered a one-month paid internship with CVD VFX. Interns will work with the CVD VFX team to deliver top-level visual effects for current CVD VFX projects with the goal of earning a full-time position.


The cost is still being determined based on class size but it will roughly be $7,500 CAD per student.

We want to hire the best!

We’re looking for students with a passion for visual effects and a strong desire to learn compositing. Applicants will be interviewed and selected based on portfolio work and experience, but we’ll be reviewing each application specifically to find the ideal candidates. We suggest learning as much as you can about visual effects, compositing and the main software we use, Nuke, before the program. Applicants presenting completed online tutorials and personal work using Nuke will stand out above the rest.

If this sounds like you, please apply below.

The application deadline is June 1st, 2018. We'll be reviewing applications and selecting candidates for interviews throughout June. Final class selection will be determined by July 1st, 2018.


Want to learn more?

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Here are some online resources for learning before the program:

The main tool we use in compositing is The Foundry's Nuke:
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It is the industry standard for compositing and you can download a free, non-commercial version to start learning here:
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Nuke provides a lot of great, free training on their site:
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Nuke is a node-based compositing program, which means every effect, tool and piece of footage can be changed or replaced at any point in your workflow. After Effects, much like Photoshop, is layer-based which will sometimes force the user to make changes to their work that can't be undone. This can be a tough thing to wrap your head around but here is a great set of tutorials that will help introduce you to this new form of compositing:
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If you want to get started in Nuke and get used to the interface here is a great set of tutorials: 
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