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Water FX inside Houdini can be one of the most challenging simulation FX styles to master. In this course, Juri Bryan, a Senior FX Artist, will share his secrets for creating impressive fluid work inside Houdini.

Houdini is the gold-standard for simulating realistic fluids and water. In this advanced course, you will learn the professional techniques used to create water FX at the highest level of VFX.

From foam sculpting to underwater advection, we will leave no stone unturned in this deep dive of the fluid FX pipeline.

Week by week we will build our knowledge of core Water FX concepts as we grow in our understanding of both the artistic and technical aspects of fluid simulations in Houdini.

In the final weeks, you will learn from VFX Supervisor Saber Jlassi, who will show you how to create the incredible waterfall scene from the trailer.

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Juri Bryan

Senior Simulation Supervisor at MPC

Former FX Lead at Important Looking Pirates

Senior Simulation Supervisor at MPC

Juri Bryan began his career in FX over 10 years ago and has since worked across 2 continents and held positions as an artist, supervisor, and manager.
At the age of 21, he joined Important Looking Pirates (ILP), based in Stockholm, Sweden. He began his career as an artist and has worked his way up to the Head of FX by the age of 25.
Throughout the years Juri has received 2 VES nominations for ‘Outstanding Effects Simulation’ for a Netflix original, Lost in Space. He has also played an essential role in ILP’s multiple nominations and awards at the International Emmy Awards for outstanding ‘Special Visual Effects’ in series such as The Mandalorian, Westworld, and Lost In Space. In September 2021 Juri joined ILM London as a Senior FX Technical Director and now serves as Senior Simulation Supervisor at MPC.
Throughout his career, Juri has focused on creating high-end water effects in fast-paced environments such as commercial and TV production. Over the past 10 years, Juri has sharpened his skills, workflows, and methodologies to push artistic and technical limits under ever-shortening timelines. Juri comes from a family legacy of educators and leaders, building the foundation for his passion for education. Juri works with artists to overcome and learn from technical challenges, so they can truly focus on their artistry.

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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 Water 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 info@rebelway.net.

    • We will go over all the tools and options within the standard Houdini water workflow
      1. Introduction the Houdini’s water workflows and methods
      2. Overview of the flip solver, all its features and options
      3. Whitewater workflows
      4. Meshing and exporting for rendering (Mantra)
    • Introducing the main theories and methods Juri has developed over the years to achieve more controlled and art direct-able water simulations
      1. Core principles and ideas behind custom approaches
      2. Collisions 
      3. Water flow sculpting
      4. Meshing
    • We continue covering custom water workflows, this week focusing on secondary simulations like whitewater and foam
      1. Foam sculpting
      2. Custom whitewater solver
      3. Bubbles
      4. Underwater advection
    • Using the methods and workflows we covered so far we will create a shot of a shark stuck between a reef
      1. Shark interaction with the environment
      2. Water simulation
      3. Underwater bubbles
    • We will cover ocean and wave physics and how to implement them in custom ways to achieve maximum control and directability
      1. Wave theory
      2. Analyzing of references 
      3. Water simulation with implemented wave physics
      4. Upres water simulations
      5. Underwater effects and foam 
    • We will create a maelstrom in the middle of the ocean, covering methods to easily and quickly layout and control such a large simulation
      1. Maelstrom theory
      2. Basic implementation of water effects
      3. Gravitational space warping
      4. Advanced implementation for more control
      5. Whitewater
      6. Underwater effects
      • We will create a multi kilometer long river in a highly efficient manner
        1. Theory of large scale water
        2. Introduction to flow fields and their uses
        3. Riverbed sculpting
        4. River generation 
        5. Shader implementation (Mantra)
    • We will generate a waterfall with correct air resistance and breakup
      1. Airfield theory
      2. Different implementations of airfields
      3. Airfield optimization 
      4. Detecting and resolving common issues
    1. Implementing the Airfield setup into a waterfall
    2. Flow sculpting
    3. Whitewater implementation
    4. Render setup
      • Saber will cover the river setup used to generate the river leading into the waterfall seen in the promotion
    • We will look at some of the results from students who followed the course, review them and give tips/tricks to improve the work
    • There are a lot more topics covered in this workshop, the above weekly breakdown is simply showing the main topics.

    • Assignments and lectures will cover a lot, and can be very demanding for students who are new to physics simulations.

    • We will cover many advanced Houdini methods and workflows. A strong understanding of Houdini and simulations in general is needed in order for you to follow along with classes and assignments.
    • INSTRUCTOR: Juri Bryan, Saber Jlassi
    • FX ARTISTS: Juri Bryan, Saber Jlassi, Igor Zanic

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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 info@rebelway.net. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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