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UI design and especially the futuristic layouts can be a very complex art form to master. And what better way to do it than using Houdini!

With unlimited possibilities for design and animation creation, Houdini will allow you to craft professional sci-fi visualizations like those seen in your favorite films and TV shows.


Russ Gautier VFX Artist at Rebelway

Russ Gautier

Creative Director & Motion Designer

A Title Design Legend.

Russ Gautier is a Los Angeles-based motion designer, animator, and creative director specializing in design for technology, television, and feature film. His projects typically include depictions of futuristic technology (known as FUI), future-tech consulting, and title sequence & main title design. Some of his projects of note include Black Panther, Avengers: Endgame, Thor: Ragnarok, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and many others.

Russ’s process often involves equal parts technical and creative solutions and, as such, he has been an avid Houdini user for several years. He has taught Houdini to graduate and undergrad students of the Computer Arts department at SVA, as well as acting as thesis advisor for many students during his tenure. His other tools of choice are Cinema 4D, Redshift, and After Effects/Adobe suite.

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This course will require 5-10 hours a week with 40-80 total hours of active learning and practice by the end of the course.

Students should have a fundamental understanding of Houdini before taking this course. As a result, we recommend the following courses as a prerequisite:

• Houdini Fundamentals

If you have a foundational understanding of Houdini you will succeed in this course.

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

  • What’s in this course and who it’s for
    Proceduralism for design iteration – using Houdini’s strengths to your advantage
    General learning advice
    A look into my process as an artist/designer/director
  • • Houdini in a motion graphics pipeline
  • • Concept development & Interpreting the brief
  • Gathering assets & Using real-world data
  • Importing/interpreting the CSV data
  • • Orbits and point definition
  • • Creating the various sops setup to work with the data and start creating the animations & Paths
  • Rendering in Redshift (part 1)
  • • Setting up a design pipeline for yourself
  • • Splitting elements into objects
  • • Design iteration/process in AE
  • Adding the earth
    Textures and styling in AE
  • • Adding shapes to the points
  • Design iteration/rendering
  • Animating the points
    • Prepare the new scene 
    • Procedural reading more data from the CSV
  • Making sure shapes face camera
  • • For Loop method explained
  • Compile Block and multi-threading basics
  • Other uses for the For Loop
  • Creating data flow between points
  • Defining the pathways
  • • Controlling/looping point animations using UV attributes/point VOP
  • • Adding the pathways as lines for rendering
  • • Defining the path of the transmission
  • • Using Find Shortest Path to create branches
  • • Reapplying animation from points
  • • Tweaking the pathways animation
  • Defining the path of the transmission (cont’)
  • • Animating the line growth
  • • Preparing for output
  • • Rendering in Redshift
  • • Getting 3D data to AE using ABC/C4D and alternative plugins
  • • Final Composite in AE
    Final thoughts
    • • Advanced Redshift rendering
    • • Various mograph related tips and tricks using redshift and houdini
    • • Advanced Compositing using AE
    • • Complete overview of the entire workflow 
    • • 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.

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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 [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 7 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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