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Houdini Production Studio: Destruction FX

An 8-week course on creating feature-film-quality destruction effects for film

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Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Houdini 17 or higher (free apprentice version or any other)
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 10-15 hours per week viewing lecture videos, participating in q&a's, and working on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Navigation in houdini UI, basic sop manipulation, understanding of core mathematic concepts about vectors. Basic Houdini Vex would be a plus, as well as a working knowledge of houdini volumes and particles| Course Prereq: Intro to FX Using Houdini
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Houdini 17 or higher (free apprentice version or any other)
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 10-15 hours per week viewing lecture videos, participating in q&a's, and working on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Navigation in houdini UI, basic sop manipulation, understanding of core mathematic concepts about vectors. Basic Houdini Vex would be a plus, as well as a working knowledge of houdini volumes and particles| Course Prereq: Intro to FX Using Houdini
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Houdini 17 or higher (free apprentice version or any other)
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 10-15 hours per week viewing lecture videos, participating in q&a's, and working on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Navigation in houdini UI, basic sop manipulation, understanding of core mathematic concepts about vectors. Basic Houdini Vex would be a plus, as well as a working knowledge of houdini volumes and particles| Course Prereq: Intro to FX Using Houdini
COURSE OVERVIEW
COURSE OVERVIEW
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
EXPAND ALL COLLAPSE ALL

The more you know, the better.

Week 1 | Introduction to the course - introduction to fracturing

Introduction to the course and also a tour of the scene we will be working with and talk through the workflow of what we will do | overview of what works for different cases of fracturing

Week 2 | Advanced Fracturing and introduction to simulations

Geometry prep and fracturing, procedural fracturing and art directed fracturing | adding Uvs and making sure the output geometry is good | Make sure we only add details where it matters

Week 3 | Shockwave setup and more advanced simulations

Setup a rough shockwave to visualize the cause of the destruction|  Different ways to activate pieces

Week 4 | Constraints and materials behavior

Understanding the parameters involved in simulations to reproduce metal bending and complex systems mixing different materials and structures

Week 5 | Application of constraints in shot context

Destruction of the main assets composed of multiple structures

Week 6 | Unusual/magical behaviour, custom forces, debugging

Learn how to make custom forces to drive the simulation in a non physical way to fake magical behaviors |  Debugging of week 5

Week 7 | Secondaries

Adding secondary elements like gravel, splinters, fine particles, and dust, to complement and dress the main simulation

Week 8 | Lighting & Rendering

Lecture and demonstration by Anton Borisov | 2 weeks for final sims and render

Mastering Destruction in Houdini
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Instructor

Unleashing your creativity

After 4 years in Paris working on commercials and video games in some of the biggest companies in the world like Ubisoft, I moved to the universe of VFX in London, then Vancouver.
I worked at Dneg for over 6 years, learning from the best, and working on multiple Marvel films, Disney films, blade runner 2049, Terminator Genesis, Pacific Rim 2, Greyhound, and Godzilla king of monsters. I now lead a team of fx artists at Sony Imageworks and do research and development on the more challenging effects that require a fair bit of expertise in Houdini.

My experience as a professional and as a teacher has given me a great understanding of Houdini and how to work simply, fast and efficiently, which I try to pass on to the new generations of artists.

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