Why Join the VFX Community? Foundry YouTube Live Panel with Josh Parks and Adrian Pueyo

I recently had the pleasure of teaming up with Josh Parks and Adrian Pueyo in a Foundry Live Panel event on YouTube Live. We talk about advice for people starting in the industry, getting into teaching, how to keep learning, and the importance of networking and community.

Josh, Adrian, and I are friends and former colleagues. I couldn’t be more proud and excited to see them evolve in their careers and see their various contributions to the VFX Compositing Community over the years. It was an honor to talk alongside them in what felt like a typical chat we might have if we all met up in person over lunch.

Back in December we decided to create a space on LinkedIn to be a place for folks to share cool nuke and compositing posts. The LinkedIn news feed can be a little bit of a fire hose of information, and if you don’t save something, it can quickly disappear into the ether. If you’d like to be part of the nuke community there, for articles, tutorials, news, and questions, we’d be happy to have you.

Foundry Nuke Compositors LinkedIn Group

I had an absolute blast speaking alongside Adrian and Josh, and in my opinion, it went by too fast! I hope you enjoy the talk and maybe get a little inspiration out of it. I really hope to chat with them again in the future.

If you’re interested in checking out Josh or Adrian’s websites and courses, here are some links:

Josh Parks:

Check out Josh’s newsletter, Training Courses, and Masterclass series

Adrian Pueyo:

Adrian just released a brand new Python Course tailored for nuke compositors on his new training platform. Check out his courses page for more info.

Interview with CoreMatte.com

Matt from CoreMatte.com was kind enough to do an interview with me about my work in the VFX industry and my tutorial blog.


I recommend you check it out if you want to learn a bit more about me and my background in VFX as a compositor.  This was my very first interview and I am truly honored.  I also recommend checking out the rest of corematte.com for more interviews and tutorials!

Thanks Matt for taking the time to put together this interview.

Hopefully I will have more tutorials out for you guys soon.



Tony Lyons Demo Reel 2014

Hi guys,

I’d like to take a pause from the tutorials to present my new demo reel for 2014. I felt like my previous demo reel was outdated, and that I’ve had the honor to work on some awesome projects in the last year and a half. I feel like this reel better represents my skills to date, and hopefully gives me enough credentials to merit me making all these tutorials, haha. I hope you enjoy, and thank you so much for all of you who have shown support! Let the tutorials continue.

Tony Lyons

CompositingMentor.com Online!

Hi everyone,

I have some exciting news!!

The blog is now CompositingMentor.com

A new name accompanied with some new tutorials to christen the site.

It’s been a few months, I’ve been working hard both at work and on side projects, one of which is the daunting task of categorizing and analyzing all of the gizmos and tools on Nukepedia.com.   I came up with a good workflow to check the tools, and I am going 1 category at a time, but it is pretty time consuming.

I’ve also been working on an Advanced Keying Breakdown, which I will be posting for the next month or so.  It is very in depth, more than I have seen from any other keying tutorial yet.  It focuses on the concepts and techniques of keying, rather than specific tools.

If you like what you have been seeing on this website, please share with others, I’d like to get these tutorials out to anyone who needs them.  Thanks!
Without further adieu,

Welcome to CompositingMentor.com

First Blog Post: An Brief Introduction


Hello all!

My name is Tony Lyons, and I am a compositor in the VFX industry.  I’ve been working in Los Angeles (and abroad) for over 3 years now.  In that time I have gained a lot of knowledge that I feel I should give back to the community that has helped me.

I have put off starting a blog for quite some time. But alas!  I have so many ideas, tips, gizmos, techniques, opinions, shout outs, questions, images, and notes, that I finally need a place to put them all.  I hope they will find a home here on https://compositingmentor.wordpress.com.  And I hope all of you find a place where you can learn and contribute as you please!

My Goal:

My goal is to learn as much about compositing and visual effects as humanly possible. It will take several years to accomplish, I have no doubt about that, but in the end I hope to achieve it.  This blog will record my journey, as well as inspire and educate others as best I can.  I would like for people to be able to follow and learn off of my site if they’d like.

I’ll end with a quote a great instructor once taught me:

“What we do for ourselves dies with us, it’s what we do for others that’s immortal.”