What is compositing?

Compositing is a vital part of the process in creating visual effects (VFX) for movies, TV, and animated productions. The Compositor combines elements filmed during production with Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) created by other artists to blend them together seamlessly. Compositors also fix problems in the footage that occurred during filming, and find methods to enhance VFX shots to better match the director’s vision. All of the final pieces are assembled by Compositors, who can transform a shot into something spectacular that initially was not possible. 

Insights from Our VFX Compositing Alumni: Their Journey & Success Stories

Our 5-month programS

The Intermediate and Advanced Visual Effects Compositing programs offered only at Campus VFX are specifically designed and continuously updated to provide students with a broad variety of real-world compositing tasks to sharpen and prove their skills on a demo reel.


These are the core concepts that will be covered in our Intermediate and Advanced VFX Compositing programs using Foundry’s Nuke Software. Our curriculum evolves and adapts to fit Industry needs.


By selecting a range of specific pixel colours and brightness levels in the image, the Compositor creates a cutout or "matte" that can be used to replace the background. We explore a vast number of keying tools and strategies to preserve fine details (like an actor's hair) and go beyond the first steps into the realm of digital relighting and colour correction.


When keying is impossible or needs to be improved, rotoscoping can be used to isolate a specific part of the image to make all kinds of adjustments. Rotoscoping (roto) is the foundation of what we do in Compositing, and we teach you established techniques to roto challenging shots quickly and precisely.


Since Compositors work on motion pictures, being able to track the movement of any given object is an invaluable part of the process. We cover the 3 main categories of tracking in depth: point tracking, planar surface tracking, and camera tracking, providing you with a variety of tracking tasks, tips, and tricks to handle complex movements.

Digital Painting

Often the goal of digital painting in visual effects is to paint something out, (company logos, stunt equipment, reflections of the camera and crew, etc.). You will learn multiple methods to complete high level paintouts, as well as advanced techniques related to digital makeup and de-aging effects. The end goal here is to make your paint work invisible and believable to the audience.

2D compositing

Compositing in 2D involves taking footage shot during production and 2D elements created in post-production to integrate them cohesively into a single shot. Blending layers of 2D elements to create the illusion of depth while matching colour, lighting, and perspective. We teach you how to analyze and recreate camera and lens properties, with a special emphasis on creating photo-realistic composites.

3D Compositing

By understanding what each of the different layers in a 3D element does, a Compositor can separate a specific pass to make quick changes. Integrating 3D elements into a live action shot and making it look like they were both shot on the same day is one of the toughest challenges Compositors face, and we teach you how to do it successfully.

Fortunato Frattasio

VFX compositing instructor


Fortunato brings over 25 years of VFX production experience as an artist, supervisor and manager. He has over 100 feature film and television credits to his name on productions such as Mars Attacks (1996), Armageddon (1998), Mission Impossible (2000), Spider-Man (2002), The Hunger Games (2012), Oz: The Great and Powerful (2013), and Goosebumps (2015).


As a Compositing Lead and Industry Outreach Specialist working for one of the leading visual effects schools in the world, he is able to parlay all of his skills as he continues to teach and mentor students towards a long-lasting career in this fascinating industry.

Industry involvment

As a board member of VES (Visual Effects Society) and Access VFX, Fortunato continues to be involved with the school outreach programs which are designed to expose students to the visual effects industry as a career option to all.


We believe that progress toward our mission can be measured by the profound impact our graduates have on the visual effects industry. Our alumni continue to engage and shape the world of entertainment. Through our project-based learning and the unique curriculum of each of our veteran instructors, our alumni have proven time and time again that Lost Boys produce extraordinary artists ready to start on the ground floor.


Academic Start Date

Fall and Spring – See application form for further details.

The following criteria provides a general idea of what we look for in the personal letter and portfolio that you must submit in the application process. It is important to note that the quality of these items are considered together with the general requirements needed to apply to Campus VFX. 

Personal Letter

In your personal letter, we want to know about you as a person and your feelings towards visual effects, movies, film-making, art, design, or technology. Also, illustrate to us your ability to work independently. What do you plan to accomplish by being part of Campus VFX?

In your portfolio, include 8-10 pieces of your best work in any visual medium that demonstrates your artistic proficiency. Caption each piece of work and tell us about your process, how you came about this work, and why it is significant. 

Tuition Costs

Our Intermediate and Advanced VFX Compositing Programs continuously produce highly-sought out specialized artists which has given us an outstanding placement rate. To that extent, our tuition cost for this program is expertly calculated to both represent the quality of our program and the exclusive nature of what we offer here at Campus VFX. We are confident that the investment you make will be rewarding both in experience and to your clear future as a visual effects artist. 

Tuition Costs

(Intermediate program)

$18,499.00 CAD

(Taxes included in price)

Tuition Costs

(Advanced program)

$19,499.00 CAD

(Taxes included in price)

Interested in the program? Check out the admission process!

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