Course overview Course overview
Use Houdini and create amazing effects for film
Unleash your inner FX monster, and let's smash some buildings! In this destruction course, students will learn a comprehensive set of skills to develop beautiful work with a high degree of artistic control. This will include fracturing, RBD simulation, dust, debris, and adding details from real-world reference material. However, students will learn more than just the technical setups alone - they'll also learn about production pipeline considerations, and innovative unique workflows for art-directing damage (both with & without simulation). By the end of the class, students will have a feature-film-quality destruction shot for their demo reel!
Mastering Destruction in Houdini WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
The more you know, the better.
Unleashing your creativity
Lectures by Keith Kamholz
Keith Kamholz is a Lead FX Technical Director at DNEG, and he has previously worked at Industrial Light & Magic, Blue Sky Studios, Tippett Studio, and Framestore NY. He's worked on more than 15 feature films, with credit highlights including Pacific Rim: Uprising, Venom, Jurassic World, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, & Ice Age: Continental Drift. Keith has also presented some of his destruction techniques at SIGGRAPH 2018, courtesy of SideFX. He earned a dual-major B.A. in Computer Science & Media Study at SUNY Buffalo, and an M.S. in Digital Imaging and Design at NYU's CADA.
spring TERM Registration
Feb 11, 2019 - Apr 26, 2019
David Nelson / Fall 2017
Keith Really did a phenomenal job. I'm not just saying that. I feel as though I've seriously increased my skill level in Houdini Destruction work after taking his course.
Taylor Tomlinson / Fall 2017
Amazing instructor. Very knowledgeable about the content, learned more during this class then I have in my entire college career. I haven’t even been able to finish it because of things with my family and other classes, so the amount I’ve learned in just 4-5 weeks has been amazing.
Hyunjun Cheong / Spring 2017
He is very good instructor. He try to solve my houdini problem, and it solved! Thanks!
Mohammed Al Abri / Winter 2017
He tremoundusly pushing us to simplif very complex tasks and encourage us to take simple steps each time to build magical stuff. I also admired his modesty & wellness for helping and sharing some of his coolest & production proven techniques, which I didn't find else where.
Robert Wörner / Winter 2017
Keith is a great instructor, I'd love to see him do different courses, not just the destruction course.
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environment design Benefits
What makes this learning experience unique?
Receive personal individual feedback on all submitted assignments from the industries best artist.
1+ Year Access
Enjoy over 365 days of full course access. This includes all lectures, feedback, and Live Q&A recordings.
Certificate of Completion
Earn a Certificate of Completion when you complete and turn in 80% of course assignments.
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