Curriculum

Special FX 101 teaches the actual nuts and bolts of physical, environmental and mechanical special effects.

Students will receive over 40 hours of instruction comprised of 19 major facets of the FX industry. These areas of study will include but are not limited to:

Learn the secrets of Hollywood special effects from working professionals who will not only instruct you but also teach you how to get work and find your place in the entertainment industry.

Fireworks

Class C/1.4G

Class B/1.3G

Anatomy of pyrotechnic devices

Indoor Pyrotechnics

Types of indoor pyrotechnic devices

NFPA

Control

Venues

Plumbing

Fittings

Flaring

Tubing

Plumbing materials

Breakaways

Glass

Wood

Steel

Fog & Smoke

Glycol fog

Cryogenics

“Tube of Death”

Film Pyrotechnics

Squibs

Gas bombs

Propane poppers

Sand cannons

Trunion guns

Air/Debris Mortars

Accumulator tanks

Valves

Different types of debris

Electronics

AC/DC

Circuits

Meters

Mathematics

PLC

Laws and Licensing

BATF&E (Bureau Alcohol Tobacco Firearms & Explosives)

NFPA (National Fire Protection Association)

State Licensing

AHJ (Authorities Having Jurisdiction)

Business Seminar

Networking

Navigating the business

Unions

Continuing education

Rain FX

Rain towers

Pumps

Water sources

Rain grids

Rigging

Hardware

Knots

Harnesses

Pulleys

Physics

Fire FX

Flammable gases

Fire bars and burners

Ignition

Regulators

Special FX for Permanent Installations

Theme parks & attractions

Permanent installations vs. temporary/one off shows

Designing for 365 day operation

Industrial Control

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