What is Academy @ The Focus?

Academy @ The Focus is a free virtual program preparing artists for their journey through the world’s top visual effects studios through intensive training. Technicolor’s diversified reach in visual effects enables us to guide, mentor, and train these artists to meet the highest industry standards.

Our courses prepare you for a career in visual effects by working with industry experts on their creative, technical, procedural, and soft skills. They also provide a great opportunity to gain experience and expertise to build upon as you progress in your career. Upon completion of the course you will have the opportunity to directly apply for available roles at Technicolor, and potentially receive a joining bonus, if offered a position.

Tech Anim
Tech Anim (also known as Creature FX) is the discipline of creating simulations of cloth, hair, skin and muscles on creatures and digi-doubles. This course will develop your skillset and understanding of creating high-quality fur and vellum cloth simulations in Houdini, Ncloth in Maya and skin-finaling. Our Tech Anim course aims to improve your creative and technical skills to a professional VFX standard.
montreal
montreal
QC, Canada
london
london
UK
bengaluru
bengaluru
Karnataka, India
course duration
8 weeks
Time commitment
40 hours a week
Timing of live sessions
one per day up to 3 hours
What do we offer?
  • A free online course of 8 weeks to get you up to the standard required to deliver first-class VFX
  • Dedicated mentoring from a senior industry member
  • Intensive training using industry standard software tools (provided) while using our high-quality training materials   
  • Continued access to video tutorials featuring industry experts and the potential to use your project work in showreels
  • The opportunity to apply to available roles at Technicolor, and to potentially receive a bonus, if offered a position
Who can apply?
  • Recent graduates of a VFX programme or entry/junior level candidates looking for their first break in the VFX industry.
  • Candidates ready to cross the bridge from learning into a professional career.
  • Artists with a drive, passion, and commitment to deliver first-class VFX.
Week Structure:

1: Vellum Cloth in production basics pt 1

2: Maya nCloth

3: Quality Control & Presentation

4: Houdini Basics

5: Houdini Fur

6: Skin Finaling

7: Soft Bodies

8: Final Project

Technical specifications

We use the Teradici cloud workstation desktop client which runs on nearly any computer that has the following operating systems: Windows 10, MacOS and Linux.

Our cloud workstations provide required software and course assets, and require at least 10mb broadband (20mb+ recommended).

Minimum Technical Requirements:
External monitor with HD resolution
3-button mouse
10mb/s Broadband

Recommended
RJ45 LAN port

Applying
  • Please apply with your department specific demo reel and CV attached
  • Complete the provided skills test
  • Get feedback by the Academy admissions team