Call for Applications: An Introduction to Compositing 2022

Animation Skillnet, Screen Ireland, VFXAI and CMAI are currently seeking applicants for an entry level programme in Compositing supported by Skillnet Ireland under the Skills Connect Programme.

As The European Union’s only English-speaking country, supported by the section 481 tax credit, Ireland is a very attractive location for VFX productions. Recent VFX credits in Ireland include renowned productions like The Woman King, Thor Love & Thunder, Wendell & Wild, A Discovery of Witches, Stranger Things, Spiderman: No Way Home and Wanda Vision. The VFX sector in Ireland is growing fast and there is a shortage of home grown talent. The quickest route to start your career in the VFX industry is to train as a compositor. Once working as a compositor, you can progress to different roles and more technical work after mastering the initial foundation skills of compositing.

Check out the fantastic work of Irish VFX studios in this showreel.


The 8 week programme begins on October 24th and breaks down as 6 weeks of online training, then a 2 week in-person placement with a VFX studio in Dublin.


The aim of this programme is to train participants in the basic steps of rotoscoping, tracking and plate clean-up for the VFX industry. By the end of the programme , you will be capable of taking on tasks and a role at a junior level in a VFX studio. This is an entry level position, but it is the start of your career in the VFX industry. 


The 6 weeks of online training will be a mix of lectures and hands on demonstrations as well as self-led learning and assignments. The lectures will cover how best to use Nuke to achieve good rotoscoping. The participants are expected to work on assignments that will reinforce the learning from the classes. They will be given different types of footage – e.g. a moving car, people dancing, cast in front of a blue/ green screen. They are given a time estimation on how long to spend on these assignments. The students then submit their scripts/ shots to their supervisor using Shotgrid. These are then reviewed, and individual feedback is provided to the students.

  • Week 1 – Introduction to Nuke, shotgrid, the VFX pipeline, compositing/VFX and rotoscoping
  • Week 2 – Rotoscoping & tracking 101
  • Week 3 – Rotoscoping & tracking 102
  • Week 4 – Rotoscoping & tracking 103
  • Week 5 –  Cleanup & Paint
  • Week 6 – Tracking and transforms, Compositing overview and studio etiquette 


Recent graduates from creative courses /Animation and VFX. However this is not an absolute requirement. It is open to anyone interested in getting into the VFX industry and is looking for an entry level position. There is no requirement to have a showreel or portfolio, but a passion and enthusiasm for the VFX industry is very important.


  • Training (remote): starts on Monday the 24th of October, ends on Friday the 2nd of December.
  • Studio Placement (in-person): starts on Monday the 5th of December, ends on Friday the 16th of December.

COST €100 for the full programme.

Please note the following important points before applying:

  • Candidates must have access to a computer and separate monitor. They must have good reliable internet connectivity 20Mbps + approx. Wacom graphics tablet is recommended.
  • All candidates must be available on a full-time basis for the entire duration of the programme.
  • The training is remote and is full time Mon to Fri.
  • The studio placement is in-person and will require attendance for 2 weeks in Dublin.
  • Only those who are shortlisted will be called for interview.

Please note that applicants must have a current, valid address in the Republic of Ireland in order to take part in this programme.

Interested applicants should upload a CV or LinkedIn link and if available, a showreel/portfolio link and complete the form at the link below:

Deadline for applications: October 10th at 9am. 

Final selection will be on the week of October 17th.

All applications will be evaluated and shortlisted for interview by industry experts, in consultation with CMAI, Screen Ireland and Animation Skillnet.

If you have any questions, please email



VFXAI promotes Ireland as a VFX centre of excellence and a destination with talent and scale. Founded by Ireland’s largest VFX suppliers, WINDMILL LANE, SCREEN SCENE, EGG, OUTER LIMITS & PIRANHA BAR, VFXAI showcases the infrastructure and talent available in Ireland. VFXAI represents Irish-based companies primarily in the business of producing digital visual effects, on a commercial basis, for the Irish and International markets. The member companies recognised in the international marketplace as organisations capable of producing award-winning VFX have credits on international feature films, TV and SVOD series. With an eye to the next generation, VFXAI’s interface with Screen Ireland, 3rd level institutions, Enterprise Ireland and The Irish Film Board is central to creating a sustainable stream of industry-ready talent emerging into the market every year.

In particular, VFXAI ensures that Ireland maintains a market-friendly approach to VFX production with the Irish Government’s Section 481 Tax credit support. The strengths of individual member companies are combined through VFXAI while highlighting the substantial offering of talent, scale and incentives available in Ireland to produce exceptional VFX


CMAI has been set up to address the gap between the skills gained in Education and bridge the gap with what employers within the creative industries require today from new entrants. Using the latest technologies and pipelines along with tutors working at senior level in the industry, our mission is to give students the best introduction to the practical skills and tools that the industry requires.

We are a team of industry professionals, who have spent the last 3 years developing our courses in conjunction with the major studios in Ireland, we want to ensure we address and go some way to fill the skills gaps that our industry has identified.