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Hey Everyone, CG Workshop is currently enrolling for the Intro To Houdini 14 course. I will cover a variety of material and get into many technical low level concepts, such as the math, geometry, and trigonometry involved in gaining complete control over an effect. When it comes to making great FX, there aren't any push-button solutions. This course helps to lay that groundwork to understand what is going on under the 'hood'. I will take you step-by-step through the construction using production techniques in Houdini, right from looking at the UI and procedural modeling in Week 1, and eventually on to particles, grains and fluids. We will cover methods that give complete control when you're procedurally fracturing geometry, creating dust and debris, dissolving effects, as well as procedural animation and modeling, to name a few. http://training.cgsociety.org/course/introduction-to-fx-using-houdini Check it out and let me know if you have any questions! Spencer
Toonbox Entertainment is seeking the following TD positions: Pipeline / Generalist TD Show TD Generalist Programmer VFX TD Pipeline / Generalist TD A Technical Director (TD) provides critical support to a production's artists, team leads and supervisors. A TD will design, develop, implement and maintain new tools and processes for a particular project or department. As well, during production a TD will troubleshoot and resolve technical issues as needed to keep production moving forward. Additionally, a TD may be tasked with shot production work when needed and where the shot work appropriately matches the skill set of the TD. Show TD A Show TD provides critical support to a production's artists, team leads and supervisors. A Show TD will support and help maintain new tools and processes for a particular project. During production, a show TD will troubleshoot and resolve technical issues to keep production moving forward. Additionally, a Show TD may be tasked with shot production work when needed and where the shot work appropriately matches the skill set of the TD. VFX TD The VFX Developer is responsible for creating new, powerful tools or augmenting existing ones with innovative features that allow other studio artists or developers – whether fellow VFX crew, TD staff, technical animators, lighters or anyone else – to execute CG visual effects that support the styles and narratives of the stereoscopic films currently in production. Collaboration with all other crew members during design, development and production duties is critical. The collective goal is to generate exciting visuals using powerful and efficient tools and workflows. Requirements: · Experience working with and building tools for Maya, Houdini or any other production modeling, animation or effects software; also, exposure to Yeti or another fur and hair system is a plus. · Strong programming skills, including proficiency in Python, PyQt, MEL, and Linux shell scripting; C++ or C are a plus. · Production experience in computer animation, visual effects or game development. · Strong R&D experience in artist tool development and toolset integration within existing or new pipelines; a proficiency in mathematics is a definite asset. · Experience with Nuke, Fusion or other compositing software. · Experience with Renderman, 3Delight or other Renderman compliant renderers. · Experience with Tractor, Deadline, Qube or other render farm management software. · Experience with software version control systems like Mercurial, SVN, Git or other similar structures. · Ability to establish priorities, work independently or within a group, and work with minimal supervision. · Exceptional communication skills in dealing with both technical and artistic groups and individuals. · Exceptional trouble-shooting and problem solving skills. Education: · B.S. or M.S. in Computer Science, Engineering (or equivalent) is preferred. Other Desired Skills: · A strong combined technical and creative background with in-depth knowledge of current 2D and 3D computer graphics techniques as they are used in the feature film and media production industries. · A professional history of collaboration on projects with teams of varied sizes and disciplines. · RI filtering experience with Renderman compliant renderers. · UI development experience with PyQt or wxPython.