Kelly and Kade Eckstein, alumni at CG Masters

29 Jan: Studying VFX

The second in our new series of blogs by visual effects and animation journalist Ian Failes for his site befores & afters. Ian is an experienced freelance writer and also the publisher of We approached Ian to write a blog about CG Masters and the job skills training we offer to our students. Ian will be crafting a few more blogs for CG Masters including tutorials, profiles on past students and tips and tricks for getting a head start to working at a VFX or animation studio.
trouble with overtime

20 Sep: The Trouble with Overtime

I can’t help smiling (on the outside) when I discuss this topic with certain visual effects production people, especially the managers who haven’t had to do 12 – 18 hours straight busting their brain at a computer work station for five months of 6-day weeks. You know…the ones who work 40 hour weeks, including 1.5 hour lunches each day.

30 Nov: The Three Rules of VFX Dailies

These rules are for crew submitting to VFX dailies, not for the people running them. The people running dailies already know better and don’t need a lecture about it. Unfortunately junior artists are almost never given a talk about how/what/when/where to submit work to dailies and it takes them years to figure out on their own. This is not only sad, but expensive.