Wednesday, December 22, 2010

3 Day NUKE Training with Steve Wright


Motion Media & renowned NUKE Trainer Steve Wright bring you this unique Friday, Saturday and Sunday class on Feb.11-13th, 2011,  that will explore and demonstrate the key features of Nuke and equip attending artists with a basic understanding of Nuke’s powerful workflow. Prerequisites for the class are a solid background in compositing visual effects using programs such as Shake, Combustion, Digital Fusion, Motion, Flame, Toxik or After Effects.

Who Should Take This Class

This class assumes that you already have a basic understanding of the concepts of 2D compositing of visual effects using one of the packages mentioned above and want to learn about Nuke's powerful capabilities including its 3D compositing workflow!

More and more work is being shifted from the costlier and more time consuming 3D part of the production pipeline into the quicker and more cost-effective compositing end of the pipeline. Nuke provides the perfect conduit for this to happen.

Many large VFX studios are also looking at ways to transition from their in-house legacy software that requires a steep learning curve to a broader market pool of talented VFX professionals and are acquiring Nuke site licenses. The latest examples being ILM, Weta Digital and Intelligent Creatures.

To future-proof your career in visual effects compositing sign up for a Nuke class today!

Course Curriculum

Day One:
A rousing demonstration of Nuke’s unique features that make it the compositing program of choice for modern CGI compositing pipelines. The remainder of the day will be cover how to navigate Nukes spiffy new interface - image viewer, node graph, property panels, and curve editor.

Day Two:
The theme of the day is bluescreen and greenscreen compositing. We will cover keying with Primatte and Nuke’s novel IBK keyer, spill suppression, drawing shapes, masking operations. Image reformatting, bounding box control, and transformations.

Day Three:
The theme of the day is compositing CGI. We will cover multi-pass CGI compositing, channel management, motion tracking, time controls, color correcting, and Nukes amazing 3D compositing capabilities.

Pricing Structure

Regular price: $995
Bring your own loaded laptop: $735

Feb. 11-13th, 2011
Member Discounts
A $100 discount is available for LA ACM SIGGRAPH, VES, DMA/LA, & DCS members. To claim your $100 discount, send an email to Motion Media here, with your name, membership number and affiliation so that your membership in one of the above groups can be confirmed.

How to Register

To register for the 3 day NUKE class, just click on the button below and you will be taken to a page where you can purchase the training class online.  Proceed to the checkout and fill in all of your information. If your membership qualifies for a discount and you have your coupon code, enter it here to save $100. Once you have purchased the class, you will be notified of any details via email or phone.


Motion Media Classroom
3200 Ocean Park Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Click here for a map

Local Accomodations

Doubletree Guest Suites

Sheraton Delfina
The Ambrose Hotel

Best Western Gateway Hotel

About Nuke

Nuke runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac platforms. Students can use their own loaded laptops or be provided one in class. Students can take advantage of Nuke’s FREE Personal Learning Edition that can be downloaded and used before and after the class to get a head start. Click here to go to the Nuke page on The Foundry’s website to download the free Personal Learning Edition. Download and install apropos your machine type/OS and it will automatically run in the PLE mode. Class participants will be issued a fully licensed version of Nuke for the 3-day class.

About Steve Wright

Steve Wright is a senior visual effects artist with over 20 years of production experience creating digital effects for over 60 feature films and 70 television commercials. His extensive film credits include "Ray", "Ali", "Traffic", "Air Force One", "Batman & Robin", and many, many more, all listed on IMDb. As a senior digital compositing artist and 2D technical director he has an unusual combination of both artistic and technical understanding of digital compositing. He is also a public speaker, published author, writer, and a widely recognized expert in the digital effects industry. Steve now devotes his time to teaching and training VFX compositing. As a master trainer, Steve conducts live classes, online workshops, video tutorials, and has traveled to VFX facilities around the world to conduct digital compositing training for their entire staff.

Steve’s digital effects career actually started in the 80’s at Atari where he designed and programmed video games. From the video game industry he then joined Robert Abel & Associates, the award winning leader of the 3D animation industry producing leading edge cgi commercials for television. From Robert Abel & Associates, Steve and a partner opened Sidley Wright and Associates, a VFX studio in Hollywood. It was at Sidley Wright that Steve purchased the Pixar P2 compositing computer system, mastered the art of digital compositing, and produced high-end VFX compositing first for commercials, then for feature films. He even developed a cel animation digital ink and paint system that was used for a dozen television commercials plus the special effects shots for five animated feature films. From this rich background of digital compositing for commercials, feature films, and even animated films, Steve was invited to join Cinesite, Kodak’s premier digital effects facility, as a senior compositor. His command of the art and science of digital compositing quickly won him a promotion to 2D Technical Director where he later became the digital imaging go-to guy for Cinesite’s ground-breaking Digital Intermediate operation.

For the last few years Steve has focused on teaching and training VFX compositing. He has published two very successful books, the introductory “Compositing Visual Effects” and the more advanced “Digital Compositing for Film and Video.”  He has traveled to VFX facilities around the world to teach digital compositing in India, Macedonia, the Czech Republic, Canada, and New York. He has published Shake video tutorials on, conducted several masters compositing classes for PixelCorps in San Francisco, conducted online compositing workshops for CGSocety, and was even hired by Kodak in NY to teach their engineering department how to transition from the Cineon compositing program to Shake. Steve now folds this wealth of production experience and training expertise into his own training programs, workshops, and videos for the rising stars of VFX compositing!


I have used Nuke previously at Digital Domain. I took the class as a refresher. Even with using Nuke in the past, Steve explained aspects of the software better than anyone in the past. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to better understand Nuke. Steve has the most in depth knowledge of compositing and his teaching style is completely concise and clear.
- Davy Nethercutt
Digital Compositor
Seven Crows VFX

Steve is remarkable industry trainer, his in-depth knowledge of visual effects and ability to explain complex technical concepts made the Nuke class extremely valuable and a delightful experience. Thank you Steve and Diane!
- Jarmila Seflova