"Go to a film studio", "Go do compositing", "You'll learn so much" was what one of the mentors while I was an apprentice at Disney told me one night. While I agreed since I have seen some of the amazing things that live action compositors do with all their tricks and hacks but oof, live action sounds like a lot of roto and rotopaint.
I somehow did end up as a compositor for live action at Ingenuity Studios, and my previous experience was a semester of Intro to Nuke class in school. It was quite stressful since I was unsure if my work was good enough quality and working in primarily episodic TV meant that it was a far faster pace than feature film. I did learn a lot though such as how to stabilize my shot first before doing rotos and rotopaints and then matchmoving it back, 3d tracking, split screens, fluid morphs, etc. One very scary thing that I learned was how to do beauty fixes since this means not only can I use Photoshop to touch up photos but now I can also touch up videos, too! Never tell your friends and family!Read More