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  1. Hi VFX people. I have recently found out that my passion is 3D CG, specifically VFX. I've been spending the past 4 months sitting at home by my PC learning all I can about 3D CG and exploring different fields, testing what I like and what I don't. I noticed that I really like learning Houdini and want to become better at it but I doubt I'm going to be able to become "job-ready" and hireable within a year or two if I study on my own. I can't just sit at home learning from YouTube videos cause many people look down on me for doing so. I looked up some VFX schools and found that I really like ArtFX in France but it's expensive cause I'm from Latvia. I would have to pay for not only tuition but also the living cost and the student apartment as I don't have any friends or relatives that live in France. I have calculated that approx. cost for 5 years would be 100k EUR. My family has some money saved but I would still need to take like 20-40k as a student loan to finish my studies. The price is kind of shocking to me but also seems to be worth it as they have equipment and tools I don't have access to - green screen rooms, cinema cameras and accessories, educational software, renderfarms, art gear. Another bonus is that I would have an interesting life as I would be somewhere else other than Latvia. It's getting really boring here. I have been in my house for 3 months without going outside, just trying to focus more on learning 3D but I'm not progressing as fast as I would like to. So what I would want to ask is if it's worth it to go to a VFX specialized school that would give me a good, solid experience and probably get me a job later on or should I just keep staying inside and trying to get better? Maybe I should just blow the money on traveling? The experience would be good but after the money is gone in like 2 years I would have no future. I'm really lost here. I hope someone gives me some advice, I really need it. Thank you for reading this.
  2. Hi all, just wanted to let people know I have a brand new live class coming late September as well called Surface Advection. You can enroll and view a teaser video here: https://www.houdini.school/courses/hs-211-surface-advection
  3. Hello, I'm asking to this forum because I didn't find real answers about my education problem. I am a french student in 2nd year of 3D Generalist, and since 3 years I know i would like to be a VFX Artist, using Houdini. So I train myself regularly and render some works. Before I came to this school, I asked if there was Houdini course and they told me yes you will have it if you come. Then in first year they told me it will be in 2nd year. Then when I came in 2nd year they told me it will be in 3rd year and we'll have 8 hours a week. Then 1 week ago they told me it will be only 4h30. I'm disapointed because I came to this school for working my FX skills. We do great stuff for everything, but I don't want to be a rigger, a chara designer or an animator. I'm afraid to stay in this school, because I know I could work on myself on Houdini and don't pay thousands of bucks for skills I will never use (Except rendering and lighting stuff). I'm also afraid to leave the school if I couldn't find work (Even if we don't need a diploma for this stuff, in France it matter more than in other countries). So next year we will have only 4h30 a week for 15 weeks. Then we will work on our grade movie and it will be cool for Houdini. But does it worth it ? I would like to have your opinion.
  4. HOUDINI FX- RENASCENCE PROGRAM PROMO VIDEO: Welcome, soldier! Are you ready to demolish buildings, flood cities or maybe, making a stadium sprout from the underground? These are just some of the things that you will be able to learn in Houdini FX Renascence Program. At Houdini FX Renascence Program, we train you to face any FX project successfully. We have tried our best to offer you the best material. This course has been meticulously structured to take your FX skills to the next level so that you will be able to find a job in a top VFX studio in the future or maybe, become a successful FX freelancer. Our commitment, as an online school, is to offer the best learning experience in the market. Therefore, all our content is available in English and Spanish. HOW IT WORKS This course will be delivered via video only. We will work on weekly projects, so will have to meet the assigned challenges. Keep in mind that these assignments will make up interesting material for your «Demo Reel». Likewise, we will give you access to the Facebook support group, where you can interact with your instructor and classmates. The course is divided into 4 modules: MODULE I The Awakening (8 weeks) We will start by explaining how to take your first steps in the software. The content is highly optimized to get you familiar with Houdini in a dynamic and productive way. We won’t talk about every menu or button; all this information will be explained on-the-go, along with the training. Our priority is to make you feel comfortable from the start. You will find out about the main nodes in Houdini, you will learn to move around the interface and we will teach you how to control points and particles (points, pops and grains). At the end of this module, you will be able to create simulations of rain, sand, snow, perspiration, sparks, ashes, confetti, fireworks, bubbles, and much more. This is not a lighting and rendering course, but we will teach you everything you need to submit your project with a perfect final look. MODULE II Fire Inception (8 weeks) Explosions, fire, smoke, clouds … everything you have been waiting for! This module is full of action. We will focus on learning to emit and control volumes, using of one of the most powerful solvers in Houdini, i.e., “Pyrosolver”. You will learn different methods to accelerate your simulations, always working as quickly and efficiently as possible. We will teach you how to create shaders that will make your simulation look realistic. Recycle! Every setup created during these 8 weeks, can be reused to create new scenes. MODULE III Rise of the Fallen (8 weeks) You will become a weapon of mass destruction! You will learn to perform different types of fractures and we will provide you with all the tools to control and choreograph your simulations. In this third module, you will put together everything you have learned so far to create complex scenes using particles and volume. Breaking objects, demolishing buildings or splitting a land into two lots, are just some of the challenges you will face here! MODULE IV Deep Dive (8 weeks) We will have to put out the fire after the chaos… This is the final module of the course, and here you will learn to work with FLIP, which is the Houdini’s solver to create liquids. You will recreate infinite oceans and simulate water. You will learn how to create foam, bubble and spray passes. Finally, we will teach you how to deal with the different viscosities to get simulations of blood, chocolate, honey, yogurt, caramel, etc. APPLY TO THE RENASCENCE PROGRAM NOW AND GET 25% OFF!* 399$ 299$ http://houdini.training/
  5. Hi guys, I'm having a few question do to a specifik school in Denmark, which I've applied to lately. The thing is, that they tell it's a school who practices in digital design, like 3D graphics. I have seen a few examples but is really not convinced. I have recently applied (they wanted some of my graphic to make the decision if I'm good enough) and is now waiting for there answer. But I'm so so nervous if this is the right choice to make. If you'd like you can see some of the schools examples here: http://interaktivt-design.dk/2016/05/23/3-uger-med-motion-graphics/ I do some 3D in my sparetime, which you can see on pixelator.net. I don't know how good I am, but do you think this school is a good choise. Most of the examples are final product after 3 years. I hope someone can help me. Thanks a lot! Another examples is these:
  6. Lost Boys school of Visual Effects is very excited to announce their new FX TD full time program. Visual effects work and Houdini artists for feature film are in an ever increasing demand in the Vancouver Visual FX industry and worldwide. There is a high demand for FX technical directors skilled in problem solving, the craft of FX work, and the tools required (Houdini, Nuke). The new FX TD program will be one of the most comprehensive diplomas offered in both Houdini and feature film FX in the world. The full time eight month program will guide the students through learning the general principles of fx work, 3D graphics, and compositing, all with a fully Houdini and FX centric range of projects, ranging from generalism, destruction, pyro and fluid simulation, to on the job computer sciences, and compositing for FX. The course will be taught by FX Industry veteran and Houdini author/trainer Andrew Lowell. Andrew has worked at numerous studios worldwide such as Rhythm and Hues, CIS Vancouver, Animal Logic, and Digital Domain. Andrew is experienced both in basics training / fundamental generalist methodology, as well as applying his practical FX industry experience to impart valuable production skills that are very sought after in formal education. Andrew was highly recommended for the program by SideFX (Houdini). At Lost Boys, we believe our purpose is to train the necessary analytical, creative and technical skills to get started in the Visual Effects (VFX) Industry as quickly as possible, while still upholding a high standard of excellence. To achieve, this we balance production simulations (including filming plates), project driven disciplined exercises and technical demonstrations delivered by industry professionals. Our students are industry prepared and hit the ground running with extensive ties to local studios, and a 98% placement rate. During the program each student is assigned their own workstation and have 24/7 access to our inspirational studio training environment. FX TD (Houdini) Program Course Length: 8 months intensive Fees: $ 27,900.00 CND ($29,900.00 for international students) Student Requirements: Entry level, see admission page http://www.lostboys-studios.com/ http://www.facebook.com/SchoolOfVFX
  7. CG Masters School of 3D Animation and Visual Effects is pleased to present Houdini Guru Peter Bowmar in another of his popular HOUDINI BOOTCAMPs on Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 10am to 6pm at the school, located just 20 minutes outside of Vancouver by train. If you have always wanted to dig into the unlimited world of Houdini but didn't know where to start, this one-day course is for you. Learn all the essential functions and get started down the path of power. Cost: $149 Seating is limited. Call or email to register. 604-553-2462 info@cg-masters.com CG Masters School of 3D Animation and Visual Effects #320 -800 Carnarvon Street New Westminster BC Canada V3M 0G3 http://academy.cg-masters.com/
  8. Hey folks. Due to overwhelming demand, a second Houdini BootCamp with Peter Bowmar has been added on October 13th 2012 from 10am to 6pm. CG Masters Academy is pleased to present a Houdini 12 BootCamp, a one-day seminar with Houdini Guru Peter Bowmar. This bootcamp focuses on providing users of other 3D software an introduction to Houdini. At the end of the course, users should have a solid foundation on which to build their Houdini skills. Artists with 3D experience who want to step into the powerful world of Houdini 12 will benefit from this course. Seats are $199 + HST each. Advanced registration is required due to limited seating. There are only 10 interactive seats available (computer workstation with Houdini 12 loaded for your use during the seminar). Date: Oct 13, 2012 Time: 10am to 6pm Location: CG Masters Academy For additional details and to register, please visit http://academy.cg-masters.com/houdini-12-bootcamp/ Or call CG Masters Academy at 604-553-CGMA
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