VFX Mentor*

VFX Mentor is an advanced one on one service provided by Daniel L Smith via digital web camera, email, and screen sharing technologies. This service is geared towards the professional that needs brushing up on a skill, a student being challenged, wanting to learning a new technique, and getting personal training to focus your skill set. It is an ideal way to continue your education and have a professional review your work – pushing your limits beyond what you could do on your own. My goal is to teach, challenge, and inspire you to make your work better. Help you land your dream job, secure the promotion you are after, improve your demo reel, or learn the software you need. I believe there is no better way to educate.

Hey Dan. I've been really busy at MPC. I did some of the shots they're adding for suicide squad's extended cut, But I wanted you to know that I couldn't have done this without your knowledge and guidance along the way. Your insight and how to problem really helped me get to the point I'm at now.

Keaven ConlonCompositor at MPC

Dan! Hey how's everything? I was talking to Megan about Daveschool and we remembered your class and how it really prepared us for MPC. Your class was by far the 3 greatest months that I spent in Daveschool. In other words thanks for being the greatest teacher.

Carlos BarriosCompositor at MPC

Not only have I gained a wealth of knowledge, but the content is presented in a very entertaining and intelligent way that both makes sense and is fun to learn.

Alex RideoutFX TD at Chicken Bone Effects

Daniel Smith is one of the best instructors I've ever had. He will teach you more about VFX production in 3 months than any college could in a year. His course gave me both the skills and confidence I need to pursue professional-level work in the entertainment industry.

Sarah JohnsonCG Generalist at Stage 25 Media

Daniel Smith not only pushes his students at an individual level, but also challenges them to explore different ideas to expand your circle of knowledge. My eye for detail was developed more in those 3 months than the 2 years I went to school prior to his program. If you are looking to learn to composite fast with high quality results look no further than here!

James ThreadgillDigital Artist at The Asylum

Daniel Smith not only provides a brilliantly in-depth education about visual effects, but does so using examples from his extensive work in the industry. In three short months of knowledgeable critiques, well structured lectures and sound advice, Dan prepared me for the VFX industry.

Ryan BorerDigital Artist

As a newcomer to the VFX industry, it can be a daunting task to go through the wealth of information that is out there. You don't know if the techniques you are learning are the right ones for the job. That's why I am so thankful for Dan’s lessons. Not only does he teach you the tools you need to be a great artist, he distills the information in a way to easily understand. He doesn't stop there, he will work with you until he makes sure you understand the concepts you need to succeed. But his greatest strength is he does all this while making it FUN. Dan's classes are a must for anybody who wants to be a Nuke compositor. I owe my career to the lessons and laughs I've had during this course.

Lee SchmitDigital Artist

What we provide:

  • One on one training with a vfx mentor.

  • A customized plan of action.

  • Lessons to strengthen core disciplines.

  • You will receive feedback on your work.

  • Strategies to improve your work.

  • Challenges and goals that are defined.

What you need:

  • Willingness to learn and work hard.

  • A fast computer. (See minimum specs)

  • Software. (Nuke, Fusion, MochaPro)

  • Fast Internet connection.

  • Web camera using SKYPE.


The cost of Mentorship:

Contact for full details.  Each 1:1 session is personalized to what you need to learn.  Prices will vary based on availability and duration.

Please contact us to book your dates.  Times are EST Space is limited. Sessions are on a first come first serve basis.  Based on what you want to learn and times that best fit, the schedule will be adapted to your needs. Availability is subject to change.

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