VFX Apprentice

I REALLY want to buy this. I’m just worried, $300 is alot of money and i worry that once the inital 20 videos are done it won’t be kept up to date or will be left with just those videos? I signed up for emails but haven’t received any updates since my initial thanks for singing up and it isnt in my spam either!

Will this course teach you all the way through the texture creation, material creation and then the final creation of the effect? RIOTs style is my inspiration to becoming a VFX artist and i would love to be able to buy this!

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Site is still down? :sweat_smile: Or it would be available only on September 26?

Both valid concerns. First, I’ve done a really bad job keeping the email list up to date. Been juggling a lot of balls (production, artist management, platform trial and error, announcements, etc etc) and the e-mail ball has been mostly fumbled. But I promise to send out an email for the launch, for sure!

Next, your concern about future updates. I’m including a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can hop on and decide if you feel like it’s everything you hoped to get for the money. Already, there’s a 21st session, and we have at least 4-5 more planned. Sessions typically run with 1-3 hours of video content, and most of them have a downloadable source file. It’s straightforward for me to add a mini video to a session to supplement what’s there, and clarify anything that was missed, which is absolutely my plan. I’ve got a couple TAs on hand who are gonna help me parse the feedback from the private forum, to get the right updates out to you as quickly as possible.

And yes, the course does cover texture creation, and also shows a more advanced material being created. For day-to-day material creation, we go with the same method I learned with, which is a fully-featured Uber shader. You’ll be creating many child materials with that thing, that will cover the League style as closely as possible.

Hope that answers your questions!

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Yup! Site is not yet located at VFXapprentice.com. I have a beta version working in a test environment, but won’t switch it over till launch. Still more content to wrap up before then!

thats great thanks for clearing this up. I am incredibly excited about learning the league style of effects in unreal. Literally everything i have always wanted to do but never had the chance to find things to guide me towards learning! i appreciate your time! May I ask, if we have any issues during the course is there an easy way to get answers or assistance? i guess this forum will be the go to place to follow along everyones progression and assistance if needs be? thanks again! cannot wait at all!!!

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For absolutely sure, this forum is always going to be a great place to get feedback on your work. If you want a place that’s more focused on what we’re doing in the course, there’s going to be private forums on the VFX Apprentice platform. So every session will have a specific forum category that applies to that specific project. Should be a good place to drop questions and see what others have run into, learn, or accomplished with that particular session.

As for assistance from me, I’ll be keeping tabs on the common areas people are getting lost in, and making updates to the course to help clarify things that I missed originally. So there’s a feedback section on the forum to drop notes, or if I notice something significant in a session forum, I can pick up on that too.

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that’s great! I can’t wait. really looking forward to making a start on it all, i’ll buy it straight away! i’m sure you cover this anyway, but will we be sticking with 4.22 to create effects in? i know engine versions tend to cause trouble when exporting things between projects!

Yep, 4.22 should be fine :new_moon_with_face:

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Reeally looking forward to this! I know you’ve all been working super hard on the content, and probably burning the candle at both ends to do it. Can’t wait to learn and improve! :sparkling_heart:

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Just wanted to say that I love the Logo-Animation and I had to look at it frame by frame…and I love how the first frames are displaced in their form. <3 Really cool how it fades in, fades out and gets displaced and then fades in very intense again … like lighting. <3

Unreal-for-VFX-Artists---3-Materials

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Yah man! it was fun animating this out frame-by-frame in Animate CC. Then a motion graphics artist, Mathew DeSanctis, took it to the next level with his mad After Effects skills.

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So all being well this should be out tomorrow?! any more updates on this? looking forward to buying it! what time will it become available, i’m sat waiting with my wallet hahahaha

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So excited about launch day. The most longest day for waiting x)

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Yup! We’re still uploading the last few bits. It wouldn’t be a proper launch if something wasn’t right down to the wire! lol.

Ah, I can hardly wait, too!

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Today we launch! Here’s the promo video explaining a bit about the course:

And here’s a link to the course: https://www.vfxapprentice.com/courses/foundations-booms-blasts

I’ll repost the content from the announcement e-mail here for anyone who wasn’t subscribed:

The day has finally arrived!

When I first sketched an outline for this class in Feb 2019, I only dreamed it would be this good. I’ve been honored to work alongside a team of amazingly talented artists, engineers, and support crew to make all this a reality. It’s been a lot of after-hours late nights and weekends, and I’m so grateful for the heroic effort everyone put in.

I’m stunned to realize what we’ve pulled off:

  • Over 20 hours of quality video content
  • 30+ particle systems
  • Unreal AND Unity variants
  • 143 hand-crafted texture assets
  • Fully featured private forum and instant messenger
  • Gigabytes of source files: meshes, PSDs, and FLAs
  • Bonus illustration tutorial from a Riot Games splash artist
  • A platform that can host a whole catalog of future VFX courses!

*Note: Videos for sessions 16 & 19 are not yet uploaded, but are currently in post processing. Instead of delaying the launch for a day or two, I put a “BETA” tag on the thumbnail until they’re in.

Here’s some screen shots of the course:

This course is because of you

I am amazed at the power of the real-time VFX community we are all a part of. You all will surely elevate VFX Apprentice beyond anything I could do alone.

In fact, I’ve already received feedback from you guys along the way–feedback that has made the course more relevant and potent in elevating the VFX craft.

We are stronger together, and I’m delighted to learn from all of you!

I’m committed

This launch is all thanks to you! It matters to me that you have an amazing experience in the course, so here’s my side of the deal:

  • I’m confident you’ll love this class. If you’re not satisfied within 30 days, you get a full refund. No questions, and no hard feelings.
  • I’ll closely monitor and improve the course based on your feedback.
  • I’ll continue learning and sharpening my own skills, then share the very most relevant information with you in this and all upcoming courses.
  • I’m immediately starting work on the next course (stay tuned for news!)

So hop to it! Visit VFXapprentice.com to sign up!

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Heck yeah! Just in time as I’m about to submit a proposal for what training content I’d like to receive through work :wink:

The stuff on show looks extremely polished man, and extra thanks for putting out pre-requisite videos for free to keep the course content tight!

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Oh, that’s so cool! Yah, I really wanted to give a clear view into what the course is before purchasing. Hopefully the free content accomplishes that goal!

Hi jeson, I purchased your course, but I purchased it twice as if it was due to the online Katon problem. Is there a solution?

They are Order #1023 and Order #1025, If you can, please check them. Thank you.

Yup. I see it in there. The second order has been refunded.