VFX Industry – Compositor

Job Description / Responsibilities

The main responsibility of a VFX compositor is to compile a final image or frame by combining layers created previously through the production process. These include:

  • Base Footage / Live Action
  • Computer Animation
  • 2D / 3D Animation
  • Special Effects
  • Graphics
  • Background Plates

A combination of these layers would then be rendered to produce the final image to be used within a sequence.

Qualifications / Requirements

A Compositor would traditionally have a relevant  degree in an art-related subject including:

  • animation
  • design
  • illustration
  • painting
  • drawing
  • photography
  • computer animation.

Furthermore, it will be incredibly useful for you to have a thorough knowledge of the relevant software currently in use by the industry, such as NUKE and Adobe After Effects.  It also important to stay up to date with up-coming software in an ever changing climate.

https://www.thefoundry.co.uk/products/nuke/

http://www.adobe.com/uk/products/aftereffects.html

Salary

According to glassdoor.com, the average nation salary within the United Kingdom for a compositor is £38,000, rising to £40,000 in the London area.

https://www.glassdoor.co.uk/Salaries/london-compositor-salary-SRCH_IL.0,6_IM1035_KO7,17.htm

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Examples of Job Adverts

The following is a list of example Compositor job adverts for positions within the UK.

Framestore – Compositor

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https://ldd.tbe.taleo.net/ldd03/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=FRAMESTORE&cws=39&rid=106

Double Negative – TV Compositor

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https://selecthr.accessacloud.com/HR20153/rEcruit/Recruitment/VacancyDetails.aspx?VacNo=4038

 

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