Build your VFX portfolio

The visual effects (VFX) industry creates images and sequences for film, TV, animation and games that would be difficult or impossible for productions to film or create in real life such as alien landscapes and explosions.  Specialist companies have teams of artists and production staff. The bigger companies might specialise in modelling or compositing (combining visual images from different sources into a single image) or technical direction while smaller studios often tend to hire generalists. To find out more about different types of jobs in VFX take a look at our job profiles.

Teamwork and an understanding of the technology involved are important skills. To get started, try out common software such as Maya and Nuke. Attending workshops, seminars and following VFX blogs and YouTube channels is also a good way to keep up-to-date. 

Useful VFX software you can download or demo for free include:

Natron
Easy to use node-based interface for 2D compositing, rotoscoping and 2D tracking.
Operating system: All

Hitfilm Express
2D and 3D compositing software with pre-set special effects, keying for green screen and online tutorials.
Operating system: Windows and Mac

Fusion 9
Advance node based software for 2D and 3D compositing, rotoscoping, colour grading. Can be used for animation.
Operating system: All

Nuke
Industry-used software with dynamic 3D compositing, 3D particle effect and tracking. 30-day free trial available.
Operating system: All