Create effects

Business Sectors (Suites): Post Production
Developed by: ScreenSkills
Approved on: 01 Jan 2017


This Standard is about creating effects to help present, or complete, material. It can include: • • • • improving the look of material and remedying problems building shots through manipulation of two dimensional image creating 3D images that interact with live footage manipulating objects or images to give them different characteristics of movement, scale or mass. In each case it involves interpreting clients ideas and finding ways to realise them. This Standard should apply to anyone who is involved with creating effects.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. identify required effects, their purpose and design parameters

    from reliable sources

    1. develop ideas to help tell the story visually or solve a visual

    problem that comply with filming and editing decisions that have

    already been made

    1. agree approaches with clients about how effects can highlight or

    enhance their material that take account of their vision and ideas

    1. identify techniques to be used that will best achieve your

    agreements with clients

    1. agree the schedule and time to be spent on effects with relevant


    1. obtain footage suitable for creating effects from appropriate


    1. give feedback on footage that impacts on success of effects to

    relevant people

    1. share ideas with colleagues working on related effects, colour

    grading and audio using appropriate communication channels

    1. create and incorporate effects that show material to viewers as

    authentically as has been agreed in line with clients visions

    1. check that effects you create leave material free of unwanted

    images or distortions

    1. create effects that are consistent with any real or research

    references and match other effects or live action shots

    1. make critical judgements about visual quality against agreed

    artistic or technical quality standards; repairing any visual

    problems within your remit

    1. maintain security for files and other materials in line with company


Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. sources of information on effects requirements including script,

    review of existing material and clients requirements

    1. how to collaborate and cooperate with clients in creative


    1. generation and use of paint, tracking, grading and compositing


    1. use of plates and clean plates

    2. generation and use of computer generated imagery

    3. techniques for repairs, retouching, rig removal, shot

    enhancement, stabilisation and other improvements in visual


    1. operation of software for effects

    2. how objects reflect, refract and absorb light in a range of


    1. the nature of footage that is amenable to creating 3D effects and

    how to advise on filming

    1. manipulation of digital material to enable or enhance effects

    2. how to communicate on technical matters with clients who do not

    have technical knowhow

    1. costing and time estimation for effects work

    2. current viewing standards and current professional, national and

    international deliverable standards and expressions of best

    practice for the range of platforms and content

    1. choice and use of graphics and text

    2. how to assess video quality to expected artistic and technical


    1. company systems for storage, back up and security


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Indicative Review Date

31 Jan 2020





Originating Organisation

Creative skillset

Original URN


Relevant Occupations

Post Production Professionals

SOC Code



Post production; Production; Film; Tv; Effects; 2d; 3d