Visual Effects Production

FTV30024 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent 

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1 Higher Ed. Semester 2

28 Feb 22 - 29 May 22

5 Jul 22

Last self enrolment:
13 Mar 22

31 Mar 22

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Apr 22

1 Aug 22 - 30 Oct 22

6 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
14 Aug 22

31 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Sep 22

Aims and objectives

This unit explores the complete process of producing visual effect shots that employ green screen cinematography, keying and compositing. From pre-production, planning and visualisation, through to acquisition and post production, students will explore a spectrum of green screen, cinematography, lighting, keying and compositing procedures and practices. This unit is tailored for those with an interest in visual effects production, as well as cinematographers, directors and producers seeking to gain expertise and practical experience in VFX production.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Plan a visual effects project, including documentation, storyboarding and 3D pre-visualisation
2. Use advanced video camera technology to capture images suitable for visual effects post-production and compositing work
3. Apply the principles of lighting and studio based advanced green screen cinematography suitable for compositing
4. Integrate the principles of visual effects software and post-production workflows and paths
5. Construct a professional visual effects aesthetic
6. Produce a visual effects piece to an industry standard level
7. Evaluate the purposes and limitations of post-production compositing techniques and apply to a visual effects project, in particular, camera acquisition, focus, exposure, camera movement, formats, and perspective