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The Project/The Elements

The first step in creating a successful workflow is to examine the project and establish a list of the necessary elements. Artists from both the broadcast and the film industries might be faced with totally different artistic and technical challenges with each new project. One client might need digital set extensions involving camera tracking, while another might need hundreds of digital characters and clothing. No matter what the scenario is, someone must sit down and go over every shot and determine what elements are needed and how they should best be created.

Typically this decision-making process will be a collaborative effort including a director, producer(s), and visual effects supervisor(s). In cases involving a smaller production staff, the role of the visual effects supervisor will be filled by either the project lead, the technical director, or the lead artist—and, in some cases, all of these. Regardless of the number of people or their titles, the important thing is that individuals strong in a combination of both artistic and technical skills be involved to consider both the artistic integrity of the finished product and the feasibility of the methods employed to achieve them. Although the methods by which a particular element is realized might change over the course of actual production, it is important at this point to determine which, if any, of the elements required are impractical to achieve in their current form.


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