15 Film Courses on ArtStation Learning

Portfolio Overview with Loic Zimmermann

Settle in, grab some popcorn, and get ready to enjoy this massive list of film-related ArtStation Learning courses covering:

Special Effects History

Concept Creature Art for Film

Art Production and Direction

Inspiring Portfolios


Special Effects History

Creating Characters: The Legacy of Stan Winston with Matt Winston

by THU TV

Matt Winston, son of special effects legend Stan Winston, shares the principles that made his father one of the greatest and most successful creators of our time in this talk about Stan’s life and legacy.

     Watch it here     

ILM Milestones with Steve Williams and Mark Dippé

by THU TV

Two early pioneers of CG effects – Steve Williams and Mark Dippé – talk about breakthrough moments in the industry from Terminator to Jurassic Park, while also sharing anecdotes from their time at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM).

     Watch it here     

Industrial Light & Magic: 25 Years Later with Steve Williams & Mark Dippé

by THU TV

This conversation with Steve Williams & Mark Dippé offers another rare showcase of behind-the-scenes footage, stories, and perspectives on the pioneering filmmaking happening at Industrial ILM in the 80s and 90s.

     Watch it here     


Concept and Creature Art for Film

Beyond Anatomy: Creating Creaturely Characters One Can Believe in with Terryl Whitlatch

by THU TV

Understanding human and animal anatomy is fundamental to effective creature design. But, how does one apply this knowledge to creating creaturely characters that we—and our audience—care about and truly believe in? Join Terryl Whitlatch as she shares her methods of imbuing soul, psychology, and personality into the design of all kinds of animal characters, both real and imagined.

     Watch it here     

Concept Art Master Class with Mark ‘Crash’ McCreery

by THU TV

Sharing plenty of examples from his impressive portfolio (Rango, Predator 2, Planet of the Apes, Jurassic Park…), Mark ‘Crash’ McCreery recounts major lessons he has learned over his concept art career, his experiences working in the industry, what inspires him, and more. This master class is an opportunity that is not to be missed!

     Watch it here     

Flowers for Frankenstein: Concept Art Insights with Mark ‘Crash’ McCreery

by THU TV

Concept artist and creature designer Mark ‘Crash’ McCreery shares stories from his career, including his work with Stan Winston. See Crash’s behind-the-scenes concept art for Pirates of the Caribbean, Rango, and more.

     Watch it here     

Worldbuilding for Entertainment

by Jason Scheier

What does it take to create a believable fictional universe for film or animation? In this course covering the fundamentals of worldbuilding, Jason shows to how to find inspiration, important elements of worldbuilding, and examples of constructed worlds. He also includes examples of how he has used worldbuilding in professional projects.

     Watch it here     


Art Production and Direction

Storyboarding

by Rembert Montald 

Rembert Montald teaches how to create storyboard art and keyframes for film and game cinematics.

     Watch it here     

The Art of Direction

by Ron Ashtiani

Ron Ashtiani presents lessons learned from his 24-year-long career crafting compelling art direction for games (Mortal Kombat X) and movies (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers). In sharing how to develop a unique visual style, Ron talks about understanding target audiences, gathering references, presenting to a team, managing artists, and more. The series is based on Ron’s forthcoming book The Art of Direction, to be published by ArtStation Media.

     Watch it here     

Sustaining a Production Art Career with David Levy

by THU TV

How can one stay relevant in an ever-changing industry? Hear career insights from David Levy, a designer with decades of experience in the entertainment industry. David shares both positive experiences and pitfalls in order to help viewers establish their own career visions.

     Watch it here     

Cinematography as/and Art with Robh Ruppel

by THU TV

This presentation by Robh Ruppel covers a wide range of cinematography storytelling techniques. Starting with early cinema and gradually moving into modern film examples, Robh dissects why core devices like lighting, framing, and composition can be used to instill certain moods in a viewer. Robh also reflects on how these techniques can (and do) carry over into games.

     Watch it here     


Inspiring Portfolios

From Small-Town USA to Hollywood with Shane Mahan

by THU TV

This career retrospective presentation by the accomplished Shane Mahan covers some of his most iconic projects. From early work with Stan Winston on Jurassic Park, Aliens, and The Terminator, to newer special effects works under Legacy Effects on titles including Jurassic World and Iron Man, this presentation is essential viewing for any artist in special effects.

     Watch it here     

30 Years of Film Design with Doug Chiang

by THU TV

Doug Chiang is an Academy Award-winning artist, author, and production designer. In this talk for THU TV, Doug provides a retrospective look at his career. Journey with him as he retraces the path that led him to Lucasfilm and Star Wars!

     Watch it here     

Portfolio Overview with Loic Zimmermann

by THU TV

In this talk for THU TV, Loic Zimmermann gives an inside look into his filmmaking, photography, and visual art portfolio. With his portfolio work spanning a diverse range of subject matters, artists of all backgrounds are sure to find new inspiration in this presentation.

     Watch it here     

Visual Effects in Film with Greg Jonkajtys

by THU TV

Greg Jonkajtys is a director, animator, and visual development artist who has worked in animation, feature film, and commercials for the last 20 years. This talk provides a special behind-the-scenes look at Greg’s VFX portfolio work on projects such as Pan’s Labyrinth, The Ark, and Sin City. With deep dives into his workflow and an audience question and answer period, this is a must-see for anyone involved in the film and VFX industry.

     Watch it here     


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