Dear Hitfilm users, VFX creators and general guests to this forum,
as some of you will know my presence here has been pretty constant for the last couple of years. My own knowledge of VFX has ballooned from basic green screen to stacking layers and grades, particle simulation and all sorts of cool effects and yes I am still learning. In fact I feel way behind some of the users on here. Anyway to the heart of my communication. I wanted to share the challenges of being a VFX hobbyist. I am in my 40’s married with a young family, and frankly using Hitfilm and learning and creating the odd little short or vfx test is my way of relaxing and escaping the day job and for the last two years. I have been living a secret life doing this cool thing in my loft (computer room), my wife having no clue what I am up to (she thinks I’m gaming, another passion that gets very little look in these days) or doing something that does not get the DIY any closer to completion. Dare I suggest it but I am having an affair with Hitfilm, in love with a sexy bit of software that allows me to create my hearts desires (well almost). I guess what I am saying is as much as I love this right now it’s a hobby that I am passionate about, but the fruits of which are for self pleasure only (oh err). I don’t make any money at this, and frankly I am not sure a change in career is realistic any time soon. So my Hitfilm community I will continue to dabble, push out the odd bit of something, but time is precious and so I have to balance it carefully. If only I was 25 again with all that uncommitted free time, but alas I spent way to many hours playing EverQuest II or Half Life or dancing to some dodgy 90’s music down the local night club, grab that time if you can Hitfilmers once it’s gone its very very tricky to get it back.