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Houdini has become the go-to tool in the FX industry. Whoever wields its power is unstoppable.

Magical FX in Houdini will guide you through the process of mastering magical FX in Houdini. The course will cover magic spells, sci-fi shields, and EMP electrical shockwaves.

Magic is often one of the hardest tasks to accomplish in Houdini. In this course we will test and expand your artistic knowledge. Soon you’ll create magical FX that would make even most impressive FX wizards jealous.


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Jayden Paterson VFX Artist

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Jayden has worked as a Houdini FX artist since 2008. His work ranges from small TV advertisements to large scale cinematic content for AAA games.

His education in Animation led him to work as a generalist and animator before joining Axis in 2008. During his time at Axis, Jayden has gone from sole FX artist to eventually leading large teams on projects like Dead Island, Halo, Destiny, and many more. Jayden is now in a supervisor role where he tries to be as hands-on as possible.

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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 an intermediate understanding of Houdini before taking this course. As a result, we recommend the following courses as a prerequisite:

• Houdini Fundamentals
• Introduction to Houdini for FX

If you have a working knowledge of Houdini, and have actively worked on simulation projects in the past, you will likely succeed in this course.

If you are unsure if you are best suited to take this course, please reach out to us at info@rebelway.net.

  • • Looking at reference and discussing what look we’re aiming for
    • Setting up the the scene
    • Base simulations we will use for most of our portal layers
    • Creating the first few particles setups
    • Exploring which basic SOP tools we can use to manipulate our sims
    • Delving deeper into post-sim techniques to maximize the base setup
  • • More SOP manipulation with a focus on animation and timing
    • Create renderable layers using point attributes
    • Work on shading and lighting our particles and the scene
    • Extra detail layers
    • Create additional environmental FX to accompany the portal – debris reaction and dust
    • Rendering Layers
    • Extensive FX compositing in Fusion 9
  • • Look at reference and discuss what look we’re aiming for
    • Creating the sphere, procedural positioning and timing
    • Procedurally generate impact points and projectiles
    • Working at the origin vs in animation space
    • Setup our basic volume and particles simulations, delving deeper into the techniques used in week 1
    • Workaround methods for accurate particle collision
    • Additional post-simulation tricks for extra details
  • • Look at other approaches to add interest to our shield
    • Create our Sci – Fi elements, using simple SOP techniques driven by our base sims
    • Setting up shaders for point rendering
    • Lighting the character and environment with the FX
    • Additional procedural reactionary FX, impact smoke, sparks
    • Extra lighting passes
    • Rendering Layers
    • Extensive FX compositing
    • Finalize shot 1 composite of both FX together
  • • Look at reference and discuss what look we’re aiming for
    • Prepare the new scene, and decide on best practices for the decloaking
    • Setup a basic propagation solver to drive the rest of the FX layers
    • Experiment with ways to manipulate our drone geometry
    • Methods for creating renderable layers from the decloaking geometry, including masks for comp
    • Work on more complex shading networks
  • • Look at other approaches to add interest to our effect
    • Create additional procedural FX types to accompany the decloak, ie arcing electricity
    • Shading and lighting our final geometry
    • Render layers and AOV’s from our shaders
    • Bring it all together in compositing
  • • Once again, we will look at some examples to get ideas and inspiration
    • Animate base spheres focusing on timing and composition of our sci-fi EMP
    • Simple volumes to give the effect “depth”
    • More advance electrical workflows, focussed on artistic look and realism
    • Experiment with simulations and fall-offs for faking interaction
    • • Get creative with procedural patterns in shading to give the shockwave surface texture
      • Create extra magical layers using advection and rasterizing to add interest
      • Lighting our scene with the FX
      • Render layers and AOV’s from our shaders
      • It all happens in compositing!
    • • A complete overview at how to use nuke for fx compositing

    • •  This workshop contains lot more information and the weekly breakdown is just the highlights.
      •  Assignments and weekly lecture are very very demanding and can be challenging to new Houdini comers.
      •  It is required that the student have a very good CG background in shading and lighting.
    • INSTRUCTOR: Jayden Paterson

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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 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.

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.

Using Paypal Credit you can split the payments of your courses into 24 or 4 payments. To choose this option, select Paypal at checkout using pay-in-full, in the popup window, scroll to the bottom and select either the 24-month option or 4-pay.

This option is only available for residents of the USA, UK, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, and Italy.

You may request a full refund within 14 days of the course start date. Email info@rebelway.net 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. 

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