About VFX Haiku

VFX Haiku is a Visual Effects training and tutorial site, dedicated to bringing some of the esoteric concepts of working in high end visual effects down to earth. With a focus on 2D/3D Compositing and Animation, I will walk you through some ideas and concepts that you can apply to a project to give it that extra boost of realism and professionalism.

The focus of this site is on the nitty gritty technical details that you need to be aware of when working as a 2D Compositor. That being said, we will also look at photography, animation, lighting and rendering, and many other topics which, as a compositor, you should be aware of.

I hope that by watching these tutorials, you will also become a more well rounded and versatile artist by improving your skills, and sex life. If after watching all of these tutorials you strike up a conversation with a girl and she melts when you start talking about grain matching, marry her — instantly.

About Kert Gartner

Kert GartnerMy name is Kert Gartner and VFX Haiku is my VFX training and tutorial site.

I am a CompTIA and Adobe Certified Instructor, and provide Adobe Photoshop and After Effects training through New Media Manitoba.

I have spent the last 7 years working as a 2D Lead Compositor at Frantic Films VFX (now Prime Focus VFX). In my time at Frantic, I’ve worked on over 25 feature films, from Scooby Doo 2, Superman Returns, Across the Universe, X-Men III, and DragonBall: Evolution. In my time there, i’ve been thrust into various roles including being a 2D supervisor on Love Story 2050, and a CG/VFX Supervisor on Across the Universe. While at Frantic I also helped spearhead and oversee the development of an internal project management system, to track dailies, shots, and comments across three offices. I also helped develop a series of plugins for Fusion called Awake. You can buy those plugins here, and some of them will be featured heavily in these tutorials.

In the fall of 2009, I won the So you think you can teach Photoshop contest put on by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. The winning tutorial which covers my Photoshop retouching workflow can be seen here.

I have over 12 years experience in the visual effects and motion design industry, starting way back in ‘97 with my first BMX video. You can follow me on my personal site kertgartner.com, on my blog: blog.isotropy.ca, onTwitter, Facebook, Vimeo, Linkedin, Youtube, Flickr, or send me an email

Looking for Private tutoring on on-site training?

If you are interested in learning more about a specific application, I also do private one on one tutoring, and on-site training in Winnipeg and abroad through AppleTrainer.ca. If you or your company is interested in this, please follow the link and call or email me to discuss what you would like to learn, and we can arrange an appointment.

Why VFX Haiku?

The whole concept of VFX Haiku came about one afternoon in June 2009 when my friend Jonathan and I went for lunch at the Forks in downtown Winnipeg. I can’t remember how it came up, but we decided that it would be really funny to try and make haikus about the ups and downs of working in the VFX industry. When we got back from lunch, I kept thinking about the idea, and within two hours, I had the domain registered, a twitter account setup, and a website hosted by tumblr. VFX Haiku was born.

The slow transition to a full tutorial site was something that wasn’t in the original plans, but as the twitter account started getting a bit more traction, I started to realize that I might want to do something special with the domain. I’ve always wanted to write tutorials about VFX, and now that i’m not working 24/7 in the industry anymore, I have more time to devote to this idea.

What you’re looking at, is the culmination of those efforts! I hope you enjoy what’s here, and if you like what you see, please donate, send me an email, or submit a haiku! I’d love to hear from all of you!


Some VFX Artists I’ve worked with over the years:

  • Borislav “Bobo” Petrov
  • Chris Pember
  • Sean Konrad
  • Matt Broeska
  • Siggy!
  • Christoffer Hulusjo
  • Jiwoon Kim
  • George Taylor
  • Eugene Mishibinijima
  • Other VFX Artists I wish I could work with:

  • Todd Vaziri
  • Stu Maschwitz
  • Aruna Inversion
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