In the olden days, producers knew what visual effects were. Now they’ve gotten into this methodology where they’ll hire a middleman – a visual effects supervisor, and this person works for the producing studio.
They’re middle managers. And when you go into a review with one of them, there’s this weird sort of competition that happens.

It’s a game called ‘Find What’s Wrong With This Shot’. And there’s always going to be something wrong, because everything’s subjective. And you can micromanage it down to a pixel, and that happens all the time. We’re doing it digitally, so there’s no pressure to save on film costs or whatever, so it’s not unusual to go through 500 revisions of the same shot, moving pixels around and scrutinizing this or that.

That’s not how you manage artists. You encourage artists, and then you’ll get – you know – art.

If your idea of managing artists is just pointing out what’s wrong and making them fix it over and over again, you end up with artists who just stand around asking “OK lady, where do you want this sofa? You want it over there? No? Fine. You want it over there? I don’t give a fuck. I’ll put it wherever you want it.” It’s creative mismanagement, it’s part of the whole corporate modality. The fish stinks from the head on down. Back on Star Wars, Robocop, we never thought about what was wrong with a shot.

We just thought about how to make it better.

Phil Tippett

Importing Affinity Photo Layered Artwork into Fusion

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Importing Affinity Photo Layered Artwork into Fusion

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Post by AndrewHazelden » Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:55 pm

Here's a quick tip that shows the steps required to transfer your Affinity Photo based layered artwork into a new Fusion node based composite.

Step 1. Export your Affinity Photo .afphoto document to a layered Photoshop .psd image format by select the File > Export… menu item.
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Step 2. In the Affinity Photo “Export” window select the PSD file format option at the top of the view. Then click the “Export” button.
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Step 3. In Fusion select the File > Import > PSD… menu item to load the layered PSD file into your current comp. Each PSD image layer will be converted into its own loader node in the Fusion comp and the final result will be combined into a single image using a series of merge nodes.
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Step 4. After you import the PSD document into your Fusion composite, each of the source image layers used can be customized after the fact by clicking on the individual Loader node's Format tab.
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In the Format tab, the Layer setting changes the source PSD layer element that is used in the Loader node. The Final Alpha From setting allows you to modify the way the alpha masking data is applied on the loader node.
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