Earlier this month, Manhattan Edit Workshop held its yearly Sight, Sound & Story conference in New York City. It was a full day of panel discussions featuring editors and visual effects pros at the top of their game. The conversations were refreshing and helpful — the panelists focused on their individual journey to where they are now, as well as the craft of filmmaking rather than tools and techniques.
Motion tracking and rotoscoping are foundation skills for visual effects, finishing and motion design. Whether it is replacing screens on phones, adding digital makeup, set extensions, sky replacements or simply cutting animated roto-masks; editors and artists are expected to handle almost any task.