How to composite a CG character into video footage

Compositing of any sort is both a challenge, and also a lot of fun (okay, not so much fun when it's being a challenge/PITA, and you're also on a deadline). There are a few key points to keep in mind as you move along the production pipeline from the beginning, to the end where you're thanking the Academy. Let's see if we can cover this in, oh, say four steps?

01. Set up your model

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