South Australia
— Digital artists
will learn how to create realistic explosions, smoke, fire and other dynamic
visual effects though a new training class from Rising Sun Pictures. Introduction
to Dynamic Effects for Feature Film Using Houdini
will introduce
students to a software program that has become a standard tool in feature film
and high-end television production, especially for working with complex
particle systems. The course will be taught by visual effects artist Thomas
Cant whose many credits include X-Men:
Days of Future Past.

Developed by Side Effects, Houdini is a powerful 3D
animation platform with a procedural, node-based workflow. Artists proficient
in its use are in high demand worldwide. In the latest offering from RSP’s
highly-regarded training program, Thomas Cant teaches students the basics of
working with this highly flexible program in a simulated production
environment. By the end of the course, students will have created their
own realistic dynamic effects. 3D assets will be provided by RSP.

The course will cover:
  • Launching Houdini.
  • UI navigation.
  • Contexts: SOP, ROP, DOP, VOP, SHOP, COP, CHOP, etc.
  • Basic structure of a HIP file.
  • Best practices: node labelling and coloring. Procedural/node-based workflow.
  • HDAs (Houdini Digital Assets).
  • SOPs 1 – Working with geometry/modelling.
  • What wires mean passing along “geometry.”
  • Points, primitives and attributes.
  • Attribute data types: Integers, floats, vectors, strings. Groups and selections, partition.
  • Procedural modelling.
  • Noise.
  • Attribute transfer, ray.
  • Iteration: Solver, ForEach, Copy.
  • Converting between different geometry types.
  • The importance of nulls.
  • VOPs in SOPs (AttribVop, PointVop, PrimVop)

Introduction to
Dynamic Effects for Feature Film Using Houdini
comprises 10 weekly session
beginning Wednesday, 27th January 2016.  Classes will be held on Wednesdays from
6.30pm to 9.30 pm at Rising Sun Pictures, Level1, 180 Pulteney St, Adelaide SA
Rising Sun Pictures has been offering training for visual
effects artists since 2013. Classes are small in size and emphasize practical,
commercially viable skills. Its regular training program has produced dozens of
graduates many of whom have found work as junior artists at visual effects
studios in Australia and elsewhere.
more information about training at Rising Sun Pictures, visit
 About Rising Sun Pictures:
Rising Sun Pictures are a passionate team of producers,
artists and technicians, known globally for delivering complex visual effects
on high profile feature film and television projects. Our clients are inspired
by the creative and technical solutions we deliver, and our team is integral in
providing a truly collaborative experience. RSP is currently working on Pan,
Tarzan and Gods of Egypt, with recent film credits including X-Men: Days of
Future Past, Gravity, The Seventh Son, The Wolverine, The Great Gatsby, The
Hunger Games, Prometheus, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Green Lantern and
the final five Harry Potter films.   

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