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.
is a 3D Generalist with a specific interest and specialism in procedural animation. Simon will be teaching Houdini to our 2nd year VFX students, starting in early January 2023
has worked in TV, advertising and corporate media. He specialises in simulation-based animation, but he is also an experienced 3D animator with over 20 years of experience.
Simon has experience with Matchmove, Coding, and is skilled in Maya, Houdini, 3DSMax, Redshift, After Effects and Unity.
Mark is our Head of Industry Training at Escape Studios, and combines teaching with working in industry, most recently at Framestore, one of the UK’s leading VFX houses.
Houdini at Escape Studios
Escape Studios Vimeo Tutorial Channel supports our students with online resources for their studies, including an extensive playlist in Houdini.
The Vimeo Tutorial Channel
is a hub for our animation and VFX video tutorials, making it easy for our students to find tutorials to support their classroom studies.
Houdini in Industry
Houdini in Industry – Intro to Houdini and Conversation between Mark Spevick and Escapee Alex Budulan, Houdini Artist at DNEG.
FX Animation with Houdini
To see Mark Spevick’s free Houdini tutorials hosted at the SideFX official site, follow this link.
There are currently five Houdini Tutorials at the official SideFX site:
- Brick Wall Destruction – Beginner
- Fire and Flames – Beginner
- Crashing Wave – Intermediate
- Destruction VFX in SOPS – Intermediate
- Modelling a Procedural House – Intermediate
Houdini Brick Smash (Parts 1-3)
Smash up a brick wall in Houdini in three short tutorials with Mark Spevick. Learn to create a “Hollywood Style Destruction Effect”
Brick Wall Destruction
Brick Wall Destruction in Houdini with Mark Spevick.
Learn how to smash up a brick wall in Houdini.
Create Fire and Smoke in Houdini
Create Fire and Smoke in Houdini with Mark Spevick. Houdini “Pyro FX – Fire & Flames” – Part 1
Procedural Modeling in Houdini
Procedural Modelling in Houdini with Mark Spevick. Build complex sets rapidly using Houdini (55 mins).
Houdini Groom Tools
Introduction to Houdini Groom Tools with Mark Spevick (55 mins)
What’s New in Houdini 18.5
What’s new in Houdini 18.5 – including the Pyro Tool. With Mark Spevick. 1 Hour.
Advanced VFX Simulations in Houdini
Advanced VFX Simulations in Houdini with Mark Spevick.
Animate a “Splash Down” in Houdini
Learn to animate a ship crashing into water.and create realistic water effects in Houdini.
Procedurally Shatter a Mesh in Houdini
Learn to procedurally Shatter a mesh in Houdini, to create a “Game of Thrones” effect.
VFX Team at Escape Studios
The Escape Studios VFX Blog offers a personal view on the art of visual effects.