Undergraduate Degree




DT2010 Digital Compositing

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: NIL; Academic Unit: 3.0]




Academic Unit


3 AU

Course Description

Learning Objective

To deliver to the students a practice-based introduction to the basic practice of compositing and its place within the production process. To develop in the students the beginnings of a picture sense in the application of compositing techniques.


This course introduces to the students the techniques for combining into one output elements sourced from 3D, still, live action footage, generated and animated image sequences. They will be introduced to technical issues such as matting (green screen, lima key, rotoscoping etc) premultiplication, colour adjustment, animation, generation etc will be covered. Creative considerations such as image unification, timing and look-and-feel will also be also be covered.

Course Outline




• Introduction to the course

2 - 6

• Premultiplication

• Colour adjustment

• Matting

• Transformations

• Layering and blend modes

• Time edits

• Mattes (luma, chroma, roto)

• Intro to final assignment


• Mid Sem review of assignments

8 - 12

• Green screen shooting

• Aesthetic consideration:

- Unity

- Atmosphere

- Edges, volumes, lighting etc

- Timing


• Final review of assignments


Learning Outcome

The students will have been introduced to the technical essentials of compositing and its place in the broader context of film and animation. They will also have been introduced to the pictorial demands of image integrating multiple sources into one image.

Student Assessment

  1. Final Assessment: 30%

  2. Continuous Assessment: 70% (of which at least 15% is participation)

Continuous assessment components may include:

  • Studio-based exercises and projects

  • Individual, group and team-based assignments


  1. Ron Br​inkmann, The Art and Science of Digital Compositing, Morgan Kaufmann

  2. Blain Brown, Cinematography: Theory and Practice: Image Making for Cinematographers, Directors, and Videographers, Focal Press

  3. Steve Wright, Digital Compositing for Film and Video, Focal Press

  4. Steve Wright, Compositing Visual Effects: Essentials for the Aspiring Artist, Focal Press

  5. Tim Dobbert, Matchmoving: The Invisible Art of Camera Tracking, Sybex

  6. Jeremy Hanke, Greenscreen Made Easy: Keying and Compositing Techniques for Indie Filmmakers, Michael Wiese Productions