Free Houdini Taster on Monday 12 December

We’re hosting a free Houdini “Taster” on Monday 12th December at 6.30pm.

There’s still time to sign up and find out more about one of the fastest-growing areas of software expertise in the world of VFX.

SideFX Houdini is an increasingly useful digital tool that allows users to create FX work such as smoke, fire and water with much less difficulty than with traditional software packages.

Free Houdini Tutorials

Free Houdini tutorials from Mark Spevick

Mark Spevick, our Head of Industry Training (and in-house Houdini expert) has created a series of free tutorials in Houdini, hosted at the official SideFX website. Mark’s Houdini tutorials include beginner tutorials such as the destruction of a brick wall, and how to create fire and smoke, progressing to more advanced subjects such as how to create a crashing wave effect.

Mark Spevick

SideFX Houdini

Houdini is a 3D animationsoftware application developed by Toronto-based developer SideFX, and is widely used in the VFX industry for procedural animation such as smoke, fire, water and other effects. It is an increasingly important part of the VFX toolkit, and one we encourage all our students to learn, both in and out of the classroom.

Mark Spevick Mark Spevick is one of our most experienced tutors at Escape Studios.Mark is our Head of 3D, and also Head of Industry Training, and combines teaching with working in industry, most recently at Framestore. You can find Mark’s extensive movie credits at the IMDB.

Escape Studios Houdini Certified School

Escape Studios is an approved Houdini Certified School.  Becoming a Houdini Certified School meant opening a new chapter in our relationship with SideFX, an ever-closer partnership in which our students benefit from being taught by expert tutors and exclusive access to Houdini technology, webinars and presentations.

This latest partnership comes after our recent official certification by Epic Games as an Unreal Engine Authorised Training Centre (ATC).

Mark Spevick Houdini Tutorials

There are currently five Houdini Tutorials at the SideFX site:

  1. Brick Wall Destruction – Beginner
  2. Fire and Flames – Beginner
  3. Crashing Wave – Intermediate
  4. Destruction VFX in SOPS – Intermediate
  5. Modeling a Procedural House – Intermediate

The Escape Studios VFX Blog offers a personal view on the art of visual effects. 

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