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How To Get Started in Visual Effects (in 2019)

The question I get asked the most is: “How to get started in Visual Effects?”

In 2019, we’re in the information age — with so many resources, so much information that it’s so easy to get overwhelmed that we stop, before we even begin.

There IS information out there on this topic, but most of it is quite literal “go to Gnomon, or some VFX school” “DONE”. Most of us don’t have the luxury to spend $80,000+ (USD) to attend Gnomon or similar schools. And, who’s to say that is actually the answer?

In the beginning, we just want to hit the ground running. I wanted to focus on this topic from the point of minimizing the time, minimizing the noise, and how to get clarity in your goals and what you truly should be focusing on.

What software is best, Houdini, Cinema 4d, 3ds Max, Maya, Blender or After Effects, Photoshop or any others. Who you should listen to or what resources to study, or what specifically you want to do, whether it’s visual effects in terms of compositor, technical director, creature animator or many other disciplines — let’s get clarity on what this means TO YOU.

It’s so simple to know where your attention should go — once you really hone in on what your goals are. And in this video I want to break through the noise and really get to the essence of what you want to do, and simply answer the question “How to get started in Visual Effects”.

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Youtube comments:

Jonathan Sanchez
sub spanish! please haha
shey kaja
Best guider 💕
yasir aboobakar
You are awesome
Santhosh A
Hi i am a professional graphic designer good at photoshop aparr frim that i wanted to lear vfx from the basic so can u help me
ILANGONI omar
Lots of love, zambia.. if you even know were that is.
Matthew Dorey
This is such a great breakdown of how to get into the industry, I really wish i saw this three years ago! Thanks for sharing!
jas karan
Can I choose one can I chance to work in Hollywood sir
jas karan
I want to learn learn vfx but not interested in animation
jas karan
Can i understand all vfx in 1 year
jas karan
Please reply
jas karan
Which movie u work sir are u do a vfx course only
STALK INDIGITALS
hey Allan......I was wondering...Can a one talented vfx artist do a one massive vfx shot ?
Mcdonald Musimwa
I watched your other tyflow tutorial I stopped when I noticed u using 3dmax now that you say we can start even from blender it's very cool I will continue.. Question how do I bring in tyflow I downloaded into blender.?
Baska M
we're in the information age - with so many resources, so much information that it's so easy to get overwhelmed that we stop, before we even begin.This is what's happening man.. over 7 TB of tutorials sitting in HDD. Crystal clear Explanation. Going to start fresh with very limited resource (3dsMax, Substance and Zbrush)
Prince Williams
I have procrastinated for too long even if it its means that I can't walk or run, I will crawl to get there
M.Wren. Digital
Just came across your channel, such a great introducing video. Definitely worth the sub! You come across clear and knowledgeable, will be taking your advice for sure, thanks man
Kumar Mhatre
supa love Allan
Juan David Camargo Diaz
Is great to see how you connect your talent with some life wisdom! totally agree with everything you said! Now Im into motivational and coaching programs but I've always loved science fiction and VFX, Im looking for some inputs on this to see how I can innovate on my area and get authentic outputs, so I'll try the free stuff to see what resonates with me, thank you for this Alan, not only talented but also resilient and good person. thank you once again :)
Srihari PVR
Hello, I've texted you in your Instagram too. I'm Srihari and I did a Computer Science Engg. Also, I've been doing a diploma in Visual Effects for my absolute passion in it. I have few questions that I really need to get clarified as soon as possible. I will ask one of it here, but I need an interaction with you atleast once. 1. Does it mandatory for a VFX Artist to know Maya/3DS Max and similar softwares?
Yash Patel
HELLO I AM YASH PATEL. I AM VFX STUDENT AND WANT TO BECOME COMPOSITOR. I KNOW BASICS IN ROTO, KEYING AND COMP. TO BECOME COMPOSITOR WHAT SKILLS ARE REQUIRED,AND HOW TO GET INTO INDUSTRY AND FROM WHICH ROLE I CAN ENTER STUDIOS.WHAT I HAVE TO DO FOR THAT DOES IT REQUIRED ANY COURSE OR DEGREE OR SHOWREEL.