Compositing is where it all comes together. Stay inspired with these ten amazing compositing breakdowns.

Above image from Dan Giraldo

Compositing is one of the most challenging yet rewarding parts of the post-production process. Compositing is where modeling, texturing, lighting, and animation come together to create something beautiful. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite compositing breakdowns from around the web. If you know of any more, we’d love to hear about them in the comments below.

While most professional compositors use Nuke to bring all of their elements together, you can definitely use After Effects or Fusion, both of which are low-cost alternatives to Nuke.

1. Kshitij Khanna Compositing Showreel 2015

Created By: Kshitij Khanna

2. Compositing Showreel 2014

Created By: Dan Giraldo

3. Boardwalk Empire VFX Breakdowns of Season 2

Created By: Brainstorm Digital

4. Game of Thrones, Season 4 – VFX breakdown

Created By: Rodeo FX

5. Compositing Breakdown (T&S)

Created By: Alex Roman

6. VFX Reel 2014

Created By: Josh Johnson

7. Unbroken – VFX Breakdown

Created By: Rodeo FX

8. Nuke Compositing Breakdown

Created By: Franklin Toussaint

9. CVD VFX – Compositing Reel 2014

Created By: Chris van Dyck

10. Enemy VFX Breakdown

Created By: Rodeo FX

If you want to learn how to do some basic compositing and matte painting techniques,  I highly encourage you to check out our 4 Stunning Matte Painting Tutorials for After Effects article. Inside you’ll find a few different ways to create set-extensions using native After Effects plugins.

Know of any other awesome compositing breakdowns? Share in the comments below.