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Creating Highly Realistic Composites

Feeling Real vs Looking Real

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In this lecture, Rob will take you through the necessary steps to dial in a composite in order to provide richness and realism required for feature film work. Using a real production shot from the film Priest, Rob will focus on the addition of small details to the composite using Nuke. As he works through the composite, Rob will layer various lighting and atmospheric effects, some which are almost unnoticeable, but can make all the difference when making the shot “feel” real versus just “looking” real.

  • Composite Breakdown
  • Color Grading and Initial Glow Effects
  • Elevator Composite and Atmospheric Lights
  • Particulates, Atmospheric Effects and Flares
  • Final Touches: Lens Distortion and Final Color Correction
  1. Color Grading
  2. Glow effects
  3. Atmospheric Lights
  4. Atmospheric Effects and Flares
  5. Lens Distortion
  • Product Code: RNE03
  • ISBN: 1-59762-761-5
  • UPC: 805366018023
  • Duration: 91 minutes
  • Formats: DVD-ROM, Digital Download

DVD-ROM Requirements:

  • 1GHz or faster processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 64 MB Video RAM
  • DVD-ROM Drive
  • 5 GB of hard disk space
  • 1280 x 1024 display

DVD-ROM and Digital Download Requirements:

Minimum Operating System:

  • Microsoft® Windows® Vista®
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
  • Apple® Mac® OS X 10.2


  • QuickTime Movie Player (Version 7.0 or higher)
  • Acrobat Reader (Version 5.0 or higher)

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  • Software Used:

  • The Foundry

Robert Nederhorst

Visual Effects Supervisor

Rob Nederhorst started his career in visual effects in 1998 at Digital Domain where he worked on such feature films as Stealth, The Day after Tomorrow, Daredevil, Star Trek: Nemesis, We Were Soldiers, Vanilla Sky, Spy Kids, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, X-Men, Supernova, as well as dozens of commercials. He then served as a Visual Effects Supervisor at Sway Studios where he was nominated for a Best Compositing in a Commercial award by the Visual Effects Society for his work on a set of Djarum Mezzo commercials for Joseph Kosinski. In December 2008, Robert moved to the Santa Monica offices of ReelFX as visual effects Supervisor. He worked on projects for clients such as Sunny D, Toyota, Schiff, Fidelity, Ferrari, Paul Mitchell and a theatrical spot for Coke/AMC which is in theaters all across the USA and was nominated for a VES Award for Best Created Environment. He later left Radium/ReelFX for a Visual Effects Supervisor position at Svengali FX. At Svengali he worked on Iron Man 2, The Last Airbender, and Priest. Rob's current freelance Visual Effects Supervisor status has offered him work on Thor, Captain America, as well as serving as Stereographer on Spy Kids 4.

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"Rob Nederhorst provided Reel FX with incredibly in-depth and effective training when visiting our studio. Any opportunity to tap into his vast Nuke knowledge base will be well worth the investment."

- David Parrish
ReelFX Creative Studios

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