Aug 17

COURSE: The Subtle Art of Visual Effects

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About this Event

Learn the key concepts of VFX!

Registration closes on August 10th, 2022

Beginner and/or Intermediate Animators:

Students that are new to visual effects are welcome, however it would be ideal to have a basic understanding of the After Effects software (i.e importing footage, keyframing, and generally knowing your way around the interface).

About the Course

With stop motion visual effects, often you’ll know you did a good job if people finish watching and go “What VFX did you do? I didn’t notice anything”. Typically in stop motion, every single shot has some VFX element: Rig removal, compositing, green screen, particle work, virtual cinematography, etc. As much as the big explosions and gun shoot-outs are fun, most of visual effects work is much more subtle.

In this course we’ll go over the key concepts that any beginner VFX artist should know, along with a few anecdotes of mistakes I made, and how I fixed them. We will walk through completing a shot from start to finish, and more importantly, we will talk through the logic process required. More often than not, VFX is about planning and problem solving. Students that are new to visual effects are welcome, however it would be ideal to have a basic understanding of the After Effects software.

About the Instructor

Brittany Beheshti (she/her) is a Toronto-based motion graphics artist who spends most of her time working on STEM education outreach. She graduated in 2020 from Ryerson’s Film Studies program with a minor in Biology. Since then, she’s been leading an animation project for York University to revamp their online learning content.

Brittany’s experience with visual effects began in film school: First with just personal projects, then expanding to larger scale VFX supervisor roles. She’s headed the department on films such as Witches and Bitches in Britches, Oh My!, Paper Kingdoms, and The Lost Seahorse. These films have been presented in NFFTY Film Fest, Vancouver Short Film Festival, Toronto Youth Shorts, CineYouth, and TAIS Animation Showcase. The stop-motion short film The Lost Seahorse, was also awarded Best Achievement in Visual Effects, in the Image Arts Film Fest.


Required Materials

  • Laptop/computer with Adobe After Effects (required)
  • (TAIS has a limited number of MacBook Pros and After Effects that we can lend to participants on a first-come first-serve basis – email if you’d like to reserve one!)
  • Maxon VFX Suite & Particular (highly recommended but not required)

Date And Time

Wed, Aug 17, 2022

10:30 pm – 01:30 am

Wed, Aug 24, 2022

10:30 pm – 01:30 am


1411 Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON, Canada


Brittany Beheshti