Jason Keyser is creating Real-Time VFX Mentorship
18

patrons

$912
per month
Oh, hey guys! I'm Jason Keyser, and I'm a senior real-time VFX artist currently working at Riot Games.

What's the goal here?
I take a small, exclusive group of students at all skill levels who want to practice the craft of real-time visual effects, honing their skills as mad magicians. Already, I've successfully mentored many VFX artists into their dream internships and jobs across the games industry. Whether you've got aspirations to one day get paid making VFX for a living, or you're already a working professional who wants to achieve the highest tiers of craftsmanship, I'll help you level up your wizarding talent tree. If you don't feel satisfied with my mentorship, I offer a 100% money back guarantee. I intend to deliver on my promise that your patronage will get you noticeably closer to your dreams.

What topics are covered in the live video calls?
I'm able to personalize your mentorship in a variety of ways, based on what's most valuable to you:
  • Feedback and paint-overs on your work 
  • Artistic lectures on clarity, timing, color, shape, value, etc
  • Deep-dives into Unreal assets (made by me or by you)
  • Analysis & feedback inside Unity projects
  • Interactive 2D FX demos in Adobe Animate CC
  • Interactive particle texture painting demos in Photoshop
  • Interactive particle creation demos in Unreal Engine
  • UE4 material demos: UV distort, alpha erode, vertex offset, etc.
  • Games industry perspective and networking advice
  • Whatever other insights I can offer from my own experience
All that being said, the world of real-time VFX is a massive landscape of knowledge, and I'm excited to share what I've learned.

Sounds cool. Where do I start?
Take a look at the various tiers for learning and mentorship, and find one that works best with your needs and schedule. Also, you can learn the basics of VFX over on my YouTube channel. And as always, keep on making awesome!

Bonus: what exactly is a "Real-Time VFX Artist?"
We're a highly specialized, incredibly sought-after breed of artists working in the growing industries of games, VR, and AR. There aren't many of us, but there are many MANY job openings across the digital interactive & entertainment industries. To describe what we do, think of it this way: "Pre-Rendered" VFX artists might use millions of particles, and wait hours for software to process & render magic, fire, smoke, water, etc. for movies & TV. On the other hand, video game VFX artists like myself use much simpler techniques to create visual effects that can be processed instantly, or in "Real-Time." It's kind of like painting on an animated canvas!
Tiers
Ad-Begone
$1 or more per month 5 patrons
Keep my YouTube channel ad-free, and get a sincere thanks from me for helping support my work. 


Because of your patronage, I pledge to disable all my YouTube ad settings, and never put another ad on a video. 


It's adsolutely unheard of!

Flashy
$5 or more per month 11 patrons
Receive one FLA source file of a hand-drawn effect I've done, also formatted as a sprite sheet PNG and animated GIF. 


These will include a mix of effects used in my YouTube videos, and new works.


Analyze it, get inspired by it, or simply use it in your project. It's yours now, so do whatever you want with it!

Student - 1:1 Mentorship
$230 or more per month 0 of 6 patrons
A truly unique real-time VFX learning environment. In this tier, you’ll get:


FLA, PNG, and GIF


Live Evaluation: 

I'll kick things off by getting to know you in a video call: I’ll get to know you, critique your latest VFX work, and discuss your goals: career, craft, or otherwise. Then you and I will build a custom, effective, measurable plan to get you there.


Career Networking: 

As we build our relationship, I can plug you into my network of professional VFX artists around the world to move you toward your dream job.


Live Demo / Q&A Recording: 

I'll send you a recording of the Apprentice tier’s live demo, so you can refresh your skills with some of the latest and most sophisticated techniques in VFX.


2x Weekly Feedback & Pointers: 

Twice a week, you can start an email thread with me on a work-in-progress. Tell me what you’re stuck on. Ask for critique and advice. Let’s iterate on your work together, to build a portfolio that’s gonna turn heads.

Apprentice - 1:1 Mentorship
$460 or more per month 2 of 6 patrons
Prepare yourself. With this apprenticeship, you'll eat sleep and breathe VFX. In this tier, you’ll get:


FLA, PNG, and GIF

Live Evaluation

Career Networking


4x Weekly Feedback & Pointers: 

Same as the Student tier, but with more access to me. Hit that “send” button up to 4 times per week, and I’ll get you the personalized help you're after!


Live Demo / Q&A Participation: 

Once per month, join in a 1-hour live video call, watching over my shoulder as I do some frame-by-frame animation, Unreal material creating, Photoshop texture painting, and of course UE4 Cascade particle wizardry. Come prepared with lots of questions, and I'll do my best to answer them while I work. You'll get access to this session's recording as well! 


Live Class Participation: 

Once per month, you'll join in a video call with the other apprentices for in-depth VFX critiques, reviewing your current work-in-progress. We'll spend 20 minutes or more on each apprentice’s work. This is your time to get a focused, professional hands-on review, and learn from the others in the class as well. The session will be recorded and available to you for later review. 


Paint-Over / Deep-Dive Critique: 

In addition to our regular email correspondence, you and I will decide on one challenging asset you’re working on, and I’ll do either a paint-over of a VFX video, or make edits to a VFX source asset. We’ll take it to the next level, and get your work demo reel ready.

Professional - 1:1 Consulting
$760 or more per month 0 of 2 patrons
The business tier for pros who wants to get real-world solutions for real-world projects. In this tier, you get:


FLA, PNG, and GIF

Live Evaluation

Unlimited Feedback & Pointers

Live Demo / Q&A Participation

Live Class Participation

Paint-Over / Deep-Dive Critique


2x Consulting Sessions: 

In addition to the live class, you plus 3 friends also get VFX craft consulting via two 30-minute video chat sessions. Send me your work projects or screen captures and get a deep review of how to take your VFX assets to the next level. These sessions will be recorded and available to you afterwards, handy for team training!

Oh, hey guys! I'm Jason Keyser, and I'm a senior real-time VFX artist currently working at Riot Games.

What's the goal here?
I take a small, exclusive group of students at all skill levels who want to practice the craft of real-time visual effects, honing their skills as mad magicians. Already, I've successfully mentored many VFX artists into their dream internships and jobs across the games industry. Whether you've got aspirations to one day get paid making VFX for a living, or you're already a working professional who wants to achieve the highest tiers of craftsmanship, I'll help you level up your wizarding talent tree. If you don't feel satisfied with my mentorship, I offer a 100% money back guarantee. I intend to deliver on my promise that your patronage will get you noticeably closer to your dreams.

What topics are covered in the live video calls?
I'm able to personalize your mentorship in a variety of ways, based on what's most valuable to you:
  • Feedback and paint-overs on your work 
  • Artistic lectures on clarity, timing, color, shape, value, etc
  • Deep-dives into Unreal assets (made by me or by you)
  • Analysis & feedback inside Unity projects
  • Interactive 2D FX demos in Adobe Animate CC
  • Interactive particle texture painting demos in Photoshop
  • Interactive particle creation demos in Unreal Engine
  • UE4 material demos: UV distort, alpha erode, vertex offset, etc.
  • Games industry perspective and networking advice
  • Whatever other insights I can offer from my own experience
All that being said, the world of real-time VFX is a massive landscape of knowledge, and I'm excited to share what I've learned.

Sounds cool. Where do I start?
Take a look at the various tiers for learning and mentorship, and find one that works best with your needs and schedule. Also, you can learn the basics of VFX over on my YouTube channel. And as always, keep on making awesome!

Bonus: what exactly is a "Real-Time VFX Artist?"
We're a highly specialized, incredibly sought-after breed of artists working in the growing industries of games, VR, and AR. There aren't many of us, but there are many MANY job openings across the digital interactive & entertainment industries. To describe what we do, think of it this way: "Pre-Rendered" VFX artists might use millions of particles, and wait hours for software to process & render magic, fire, smoke, water, etc. for movies & TV. On the other hand, video game VFX artists like myself use much simpler techniques to create visual effects that can be processed instantly, or in "Real-Time." It's kind of like painting on an animated canvas!

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Tiers
Ad-Begone
$1 or more per month 5 patrons
Keep my YouTube channel ad-free, and get a sincere thanks from me for helping support my work. 


Because of your patronage, I pledge to disable all my YouTube ad settings, and never put another ad on a video. 


It's adsolutely unheard of!

Flashy
$5 or more per month 11 patrons
Receive one FLA source file of a hand-drawn effect I've done, also formatted as a sprite sheet PNG and animated GIF. 


These will include a mix of effects used in my YouTube videos, and new works.


Analyze it, get inspired by it, or simply use it in your project. It's yours now, so do whatever you want with it!

Student - 1:1 Mentorship
$230 or more per month 0 of 6 patrons
A truly unique real-time VFX learning environment. In this tier, you’ll get:


FLA, PNG, and GIF


Live Evaluation: 

I'll kick things off by getting to know you in a video call: I’ll get to know you, critique your latest VFX work, and discuss your goals: career, craft, or otherwise. Then you and I will build a custom, effective, measurable plan to get you there.


Career Networking: 

As we build our relationship, I can plug you into my network of professional VFX artists around the world to move you toward your dream job.


Live Demo / Q&A Recording: 

I'll send you a recording of the Apprentice tier’s live demo, so you can refresh your skills with some of the latest and most sophisticated techniques in VFX.


2x Weekly Feedback & Pointers: 

Twice a week, you can start an email thread with me on a work-in-progress. Tell me what you’re stuck on. Ask for critique and advice. Let’s iterate on your work together, to build a portfolio that’s gonna turn heads.

Apprentice - 1:1 Mentorship
$460 or more per month 2 of 6 patrons
Prepare yourself. With this apprenticeship, you'll eat sleep and breathe VFX. In this tier, you’ll get:


FLA, PNG, and GIF

Live Evaluation

Career Networking


4x Weekly Feedback & Pointers: 

Same as the Student tier, but with more access to me. Hit that “send” button up to 4 times per week, and I’ll get you the personalized help you're after!


Live Demo / Q&A Participation: 

Once per month, join in a 1-hour live video call, watching over my shoulder as I do some frame-by-frame animation, Unreal material creating, Photoshop texture painting, and of course UE4 Cascade particle wizardry. Come prepared with lots of questions, and I'll do my best to answer them while I work. You'll get access to this session's recording as well! 


Live Class Participation: 

Once per month, you'll join in a video call with the other apprentices for in-depth VFX critiques, reviewing your current work-in-progress. We'll spend 20 minutes or more on each apprentice’s work. This is your time to get a focused, professional hands-on review, and learn from the others in the class as well. The session will be recorded and available to you for later review. 


Paint-Over / Deep-Dive Critique: 

In addition to our regular email correspondence, you and I will decide on one challenging asset you’re working on, and I’ll do either a paint-over of a VFX video, or make edits to a VFX source asset. We’ll take it to the next level, and get your work demo reel ready.

Professional - 1:1 Consulting
$760 or more per month 0 of 2 patrons
The business tier for pros who wants to get real-world solutions for real-world projects. In this tier, you get:


FLA, PNG, and GIF

Live Evaluation

Unlimited Feedback & Pointers

Live Demo / Q&A Participation

Live Class Participation

Paint-Over / Deep-Dive Critique


2x Consulting Sessions: 

In addition to the live class, you plus 3 friends also get VFX craft consulting via two 30-minute video chat sessions. Send me your work projects or screen captures and get a deep review of how to take your VFX assets to the next level. These sessions will be recorded and available to you afterwards, handy for team training!