How did you start in 3D and how did you discover Houdini?

 I started messing around in After effects and C4D and was very inspired by the art of Beeple and Joey Camacho. When it came time to choose C4D or Houdini I chose Houdini for multiple reasons. Although Houdini had a way steeper learning curve, I noticed Simon Holmedal, Adam Swaab and Ben Watts had switched to it for scaleabaility,  the Indie price tag of then $200/year, and Houdini could do everything without the need to purchase x-particles/octane/turbulence fd or various other plugins.

Where do you currently work?

 Crafty Apes but going freelance due to Covid 19.

What drives you to learn the craft of 3D & VFX?

 Creating beautiful Images and FX, making dreams and imagination real images.

There are many vfx schools & tutorial websites. In your opinion how does Rebelway compare?

 Rebelway has been by far the best learning platform I have experienced. Saber’s teaching style and first intro to FX course allowed me to start creating rather than cursing at the computer screen.


What did Rebelway help you achieve?

 Honestly, Rebelway taught me the skills to create a reel that got me my first FX job at MPC Vancouver. Since then I have continued to learn their great courses to further my career.


How did Rebelway help you take your craft to the next level? What were the highlights? 

 Rebelway made Houdini palatable and usable to me, not only by following along in the tutorials, but by applying the techniques to unique scenes and making them work there.

Tell us about your favorite project accomplished in Houdini. What made it interesting? What were the challenges you faced? 

 My favorite project to date was the Strange Angel Season 2 Pearl Harbor shots. It had a lot of elements to complete from Clouds, Flak, Ocean, Smoke Plumes, Depth Charges and Flames. Challenges were the scene scale and the plane moving at real speed.

Who inspires you as an artist? Who do you look up to and why?

 Saber Jlassi, Simon Holmedal,.. hard to single people out with such a talented community. 

What podcasts or youtube channels keep you motivated to grow as an artist?

 Vimeo and the Facebook Houdini pages.

What’s next for you on your artistic journey?

 Getting faster, better, and developing my own personal style more. Exploring motion graphics and learning Unreal for realtime fx.

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