The Chalk VFX Blog

Leveling up - with Nuke

April 12, 2019

Here's an interesting video that covers some of the habits you should be adopting as a compositor. 

On the hardware side, all of our machines have tablets for the artists.  There a little more user friendly than a mouse.  Here's a link to the Wacom Intuos Graphics Drawing Tablet with 3 Bonus Software Included, 7.9"x 6.3", Black (CTL4100)">Wacom Intuos

Nuke's Bounding Box Management

March 31, 2019

Here's a quick look at Nukes new node graph setting to flag nodes that have big bounding box's.

The Reading LIst

March 25, 2019

As an Adjunct Professor at Colorado Film School I occasionally get asked what books should I be reading.  Here’s a list of some of the books I’ve found to be the most valuable for my development as an artist:

The Visual Story

Optics and Focus

Operating Cinematography
VES Handbook

On Making Money

Investing for Dummyies


If it’s Purple someone is going to Die

Masters Of Light

Lastly: This is the textbook I use in my class

The Filmmakers Guide To VFX

USD - we're not talking about US Dollars

March 21, 2019

If you haven't read up on USD you should check out this article:

With Alembic (.abc) fully implemented into our pipeline this seems like the next step for managing large assets.  It has a toolset for Almebic, Maya, and Houdini as well as others - check out the links at the bottom of the page.  If you're using 3D as a major part of the work flow in your studio or as an individual artist this is something you ought to read up on.  The USD toolset may find its way into pro apps before you know it. 

Paint it out

March 17, 2019

Here's tutorial I recorded detailing how to paint out and remove objects from a moving shot.  I would recommend using some of your own footage and applying these techniques; however, I will provide this clip if you contact me at and ask for the footage. 

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