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One of the greatest challenges when creating incredible Houdini FX is simply knowing how to approach the project in a procedural way. It takes FXTDs years to learn the secrets to approaching complex FX projects, but in this course, you'll fast-track your knowledge of Houdini workflows by learning from an industry insider.

In this pro-level course, you'll learn from Hernan Llano as he guides you through the process of planning, developing, and creating film-quality FX projects.

The course will start by explaining how to tackle VFX problems and think algorithmically. In the first scene, we’ll explore advanced concepts like Matrix Extraction, HDA Development, and the RBD Framework. Hernan take an in-depth look at Ground Fracturing along with complex tree development for CG scenes.

Later in the course, we’ll prep and analyze even more scenes, giving you the ability to practice the techniques for yourself and build a killer demo reel. This is your chance to learn from a VES award-winning artist.

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Hernan Llano - Advanced VFX Instructor

Hernan Llano

Senior FXTD

An Award-Winning VFX Expert

Hernan Llano started working in CG as a 3D Generalist 12 years ago. During this time he has had the chance of working on multiple disciplines including modeling, lighting and rigging, but when he started using Houdini, he knew that FX was the position that better suited his love for science and art.
He has worked at multiple companies ranging from small Advertising boutiques to big players in the industry like DNEG, Framestore and ILM, working as Senior FX, Lead FX and CG Supervisor.

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.


Inspiring VFX Courses for Modern FX Artists.

Real-world VFX courses and coaching.

Learn, share and grow together.

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

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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 Intro to Houdini FX 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.

    • An explanation of how to tackle problems, how to break them down into small problems, and how to think algorithmically. 
    • Project Introduction and Setup.
    • Analysis of the shot and breakdown of the main problems we will face.
    • Abstraction and Encapsulation.
    • Spaceship Shot: Environment Prep.
    • Spaceship Shot: Shelf Tool
    • Spaceship Shot: Filtering Small Pieces
    • Matrix Extraction.
    • Finishing and caching the ship for Dynamics.
    • Bullet Refresher.
    • Bullet Wrapper HDA.
    • Bullet Geometry Feedback.
    • Bullet Constraints Feedback.
    • Constraint generation HDA.
    • Constraints configuration HDA.
    • Constraints implementation into our Bullet Wrapper
    • Fracture and Transform packed pieces.
    • Spaceship Destruction.
    • Geometry deformation Post simulation.
    • Appending small pieces to big pieces.
    • Ground Marks Trail HDA.
    • Fracturing Techniques
    • Ground Fracturing
    • Development of HDAs for ground deformation FX.
    • Particles and Grains from ground contact.
    • Ground Fracturing.
    • Ground Constraints setup. 
    • Constraints clustering HDA setup.
    • Collisions explained.
    • Debris and particles from RBDs.
    • Ground Smoke.
    • Tree simulation techniques (introduction).
    • Tree process breakdown.
    • Tree Rigging HDA framework.
    • Leaves matrix extraction and instancing.
    • Tree RBD rig scattering and setup.
    • Tree-optimized deformation for caching.
    • Leaves advection. 
    • Render Nodes.
    • Analysis of the scene and geometry.
    • Environment prep.
    • Initial RBD setup.
    • Secondary Fractures.
    • Wedge Splitter HDA.
    • Debris simulation using RBDs.
      • Fortress and Bridges prep.
      • Fortress Animation
      • Fortress destruction.
      • Bridges Destruction
      • Rocks Dynamics (Debris and Smoke)
      • Reviewing scene and general improvements
      • Trees Scattering
      • Trees orientation FIX modifying quaternion.
      • Guiding trees orientation with the ground simulation.
      • Updating the rocks fractures and simulation
      • Reviewing scene and general improvements 2.
      • Tree Dynamics.
      • Leaves simulation.
    • Introduction to prepping the geo for rendering
    • A quick introduction to Material Stylesheets for assignment of materials.
    • Animated environments example.
    • Tearable metal example.
    • Automating object merging with Python
    • Aligning and Fracturing.
  • Bonus Lessons from Saber Jlassi
  • Rendering Your Final Scene
  • Compositing Techniques
    • Student should be comfortable with the basics of VEX
      • INSTRUCTOR:  Hernan Llano

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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 or new to VFX, 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 DNEG, Blizzard, Framestore, Disney, and more.

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 have lifetime access to the course. So if your schedule gets busy, you can always watch your material on your own time. You can see our full refund policy on this page.

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. 

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