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ADVANCED MAGICAL FX IN HOUDINI

AN ADVANCED LOOK INTO CREATING INCREDIBLE MAGICAL FX INSIDE HOUDINI

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START DATE

5 Aug 2022

DURATION

9 WEEKS

SKILL LEVEL

Intermediate/Advanced

SOFTWARE

Houdini / Nuke

Most up to date techniques

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ADVANCED MAGICAL FX IN HOUDINI

EXPAND YOUR MAGICAL FX SKILLS IN THIS PRO HOUDINI COURSE

Magical FX can be some of the most exciting VFX simulations to create inside Houdini. There's just something about their abstract design and unique colors that make them pop on screen.

In this pro-level course, you'll learn from Hunter Williams as he guides you through the process of conceptionalizing and creating high-end magical FX for film and TV.

Using his experience, Hunter will show you the techniques he has learned to create impressive VFX inside Houdini. Along the way you'll learn how to create energy, smoke, whisps, pulses and more.

In the final weeks, you'll bring it all together to create a beautiful scene that rivals that found in your favorite film or TV productions. This is the ultimate course for anyone looking to expand their VFX skills.

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Meet your INSTRUCTOR

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Hunter Williams

FX TECHNICAL DIRECTOR​

A VFX EXPERT WORKING ON HIGH-END FILMS

Hunter Williams graduated with honors at NYU Tisch with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in May of 2017. While at Tisch, he pursued his passion for cinematography by assisting in on-set production and directing documentaries, notably multiple short films while living in Cuba for 3 months.

After graduating, he immediately started full-time employment with Trident Post Production in Boston, handling visual-effects supervision for commercial projects and coordinating off-site freelancers. Throughout his time at Trident, he fell in love with FX and working procedurally in Houdini.

He is currently an FX artist at Luma Pictures since 2019 and has worked on several feature film projects, where he continues to learn and hone his craft. Additionally, he enjoys working on personal projects to explore new techniques in the field of FX and technical direction.

Imagine a movie or game without FX… Neither can we!

Join the Rebels and embark on a journey of FX and CGI.

We will guide and mentor you along the way.

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This is your opportunity to grow your skills and achieve your VFX goals.

Summer Courses Start 5 Aug 2022

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4 Feb 2022

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WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

WORKSHOP OUTLINE

This course will require 5-10 hours a week with 45-90 total hours of active learning and practice by the end of the course.

Your exact time commitment per week will vary based on the topic, assignment, and personal learning style. We strongly recommend dedicating time each week to learn and practice. If you ever fall behind, don’t worry, you will have lifetime access to the lessons.

Students should have a solid understanding of Houdini FX techniques before taking this course.

It is recommended that you take Magical FX in Houdini before taking this course, but not required.

If you are unsure if you are best suited to take this course, please reach out to us at [email protected]

    • Basic and advanced concepts we can use to achieve different magical looks
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    • Creating a system to animate thousands of unique electrical strands procedurally
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    • Creating HDAs for setups we will use later in the workshop
    • Step by step development of an electricity setup.
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    • Additional concepts that students could use to adjust the look
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    • Secondary effects based off the electricity / lightning
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    • Shading
    • Create the shot that students will work on for the remainder of workshop
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    • Add all of our atmospheric elements
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    • Explore techniques to optimize layout in Houdini to iterate faster
    • Step by step development of the thruster setup
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    • Explore areas for additional work for making it your own
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    • Secondary effects, recycling our electrical setup to improve the look
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    • Shading
    • Step by step recreation of the advect by volume dop to add additional functionality
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    • Create procedural approaches without simulation
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    • Talk about additional passes and ideas that can push the final look
    • We will go through every shot in the promo to display how each setup could be adjusted for shot-specific challenges
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    • Techniques to optimize rendering – discuss technical limitations
    • Step by step creation of sparks setup using H19 Sparks-Trail node and adding additional features
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    • Additional Aovs that could be useful in comp
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    • Tweaking the look
    • Use procedural motion techniques previously learned to create a cloud portal
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    • Volume deformation techniques including the new H19 volume deform workflow
    • Bring all of this together and step-by-step composite the thruster shot from promo
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    • Go through all shots in promo and talk about technical issues and custom solutions
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    • If time, any additional information not covered in previous weeks
    • Student should be comfortable with the basics of VEX
      • INSTRUCTOR:  Hunter Williams

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Our community-centric courses are crafted to nurture a collaborative and exciting learning environment. With Rebelway, you will learn VFX while networking with fellow artists.

Our team of industry professionals are ready to help you achieve your CG goals. Let's grow your skills in the most exciting creative industry in the world.

It's time to unlock your creative potential.

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All students in our Nuke courses receive student pricing discounts from The Foundry valued at over $5,000+

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We've partnered with the 80 Level RFP program to provide Rebelway students with priority access to their RFP placement services.

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We partner with world-class studios to provide our students with exclusive job postings that are unavailable to the outside public.

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All Rebelway students will have perpetual access to our private chat group where we share resources, inspiration, technical Q&A, and more.

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Earn rewards points towards future training for every course purchase and completion.

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Engage in discussions with fellow FX students and chat with mentors directly on our private forums and chats.

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We have a dedicated team of FX artists ready to give feedback on your work and course projects.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We have an interactive quiz that you can take to figure out the best course for your skill level. You can take the quiz here.

If you are a beginner, we recommend taking our Houdini Fundamentals course.

If you are already familiar with Houdini, we recommend taking Introduction to Houdini for FX. This course is designed to be an overview of the essential techniques required to work on realistic FX in a modern studio pipeline. By the end of this course, you will have an intermediate level of Houdini knowledge.

If you are an experienced Houdini Artist, or if you already have an intermediate-level knowledge of the software, you can pick and choose any course on the site. Most of our courses are designed to give you specific skills required for different VFX projects (Water, Magic, etc.). So feel free to pick and choose as it makes sense for you.

However, if you ever have questions about which course is right for you, please reach out to our Student Assistance Team by emailing [email protected]. We’ll happily recommend the best course for you.

Our online program is designed to help aspiring VFX artists have a successful career in FX & CG. Unlike other online schools, our affordable courses are exciting and tactical. Through our courses, you will gain the exact skills you need to work on Hollywood-level VFX projects.

In fact, many of our alumni go on to get jobs working for studios such as Dreamworks, Blizzard, EA, & Google.

No, our lesson content is not streamed live. This means you can take the course at your own pace. We’ve designed our program to work around busy schedules.

We recommend the same specs listed by SideFX on this page.

It would be helpful if you could have 32GB of RAM or more, but it isn’t 100% necessary.

Many Rebelway students take multiple courses at once. While you could certainly sign up for as many courses as you want, we don’t recommend taking more than two courses at a time. A typical course will take anywhere from 5-10 hours a week to watch and practice, so depending on your schedule you can determine if it is feasible for you to take multiple courses at once.

Also, you will have lifetime access to the course lessons. So if you decide that the course becomes too much to follow, you can always follow along at your own pace if you fall behind.

You’ll also have lifetime access to the discord channel so you can get feedback on your projects and work even after the course has ended.

Yes! We are an online VFX school that delivers actionable and relevant FX education to the world.

Our online system allows us to deliver affordable education to aspiring CG artists around the world.

After successfully placing the order, you will receive an email with complete instructions on how to access your courses and private chat group.

The Rebelway online learning platform gives you lifetime access to all the videos and material provided with the workshops. You will also gain access to a private chat system forever. Once a rebel, always a rebel.

Every class has a dedicated professional instructor who will help you through lectures, project feedback, and Q&As. Every session is designed based on the needs of the student. As a result, every session is unique and updated with the latest FX techniques.

In our courses, you will have full-time support from our FXTAs (FX Technical Assistants). These artists will answer any questions you may have during the duration of the course.

Yes, we do offer Certificates of Completion with all our courses.

You may request a full refund within 14 days of the course start date. Email [email protected] to request a refund. Our team would be happy to help.

You do have lifetime access to the course. So if your schedule gets busy, you can always watch your material on your own time.

Yes, click here to download a free PDF with information regarding our courses, time commitment, and program features.

Our courses are designed to guide you through different modules at a comfortable and exciting pace. As a result, modules unlock on a weekly basis. Once purchased you will immediately have access to week #1.

If you purchased any of our short formed mini-courses, you will receive access to every lesson immediately. 

Rebelway does not currently offer subtitles.

However, we want our education to reach everyone around the world. As a result, we are currently working on subtitles for our workshops in English, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and French. We strive to make our subtitles as good as we can. 

Courses are designed with the goal to teach students how to use a tool-set and develop problem-solving skills. As a result, they are benefited from a group environment with an instructor available to answer questions.

Tutorials on the other hand focus on solving one or two problems in specific topics. They are generally standalone and do not require the instructor’s support.

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