FREE Discovery Session: Visual Effects (VFX) - September

Learn about visual effects with Senior FX Artist Daniel Hourigan

Start your visual effects education with a bang! 

Hosted by Senior FX Artist and CG Spectrum's Dept. Head of VFX Daniel Hourigan (Aquaman, Game of Thrones, John Wick 3), join our free discovery session to learn what exactly visual effects (VFX) is, how it's used in film and games, and how you can create impressive effects (FX) on your computer using industry-standard software SideFX Houdini!

Houdini is a 3D procedural software commonly used by FX artists to create on-screen effects like smoke, fire, explosions, destruction, water simulations, magical elements, the movement of cloth and fur, and so much more!

During the session, Daniel will demonstrate how to build a simple but impressive explosion in Houdini and explore ways an FX artist could use this explosion technique to create bigger and more powerful film and game-quality blasts.

There'll also be a chance to ask questions during our Q&A!

This session is for anyone who:
  • Is curious about how visual effects are used in film & games
  • Would like to know more about FX artist career paths
  • Is interested in studying VFX with mentorship from an industry pro
  • Wants to learn more about SideFX Houdini software
  • Enjoys creating digital art and finding creative technical solutions
What we cover:
  • What visual effects are
  • How Houdini works and why it’s used in the industry
  • What it’s like to be an FX Artist 
  • How to create a simple but impressive explosion in Houdini
  • What that explosion could become with industry training
  • Next steps in your learning journey
Please note: This discovery session is expected to run for 60-90 minutes. You will need to attend the workshop live, as it will not be recorded.

Limited spots available! Register now to secure your virtual seat.


Replay coming soon!

Presented by
CG Spectrum

CG Spectrum - Established in 2011, CG Spectrum is a global top-ranked training provider offering specialized programs in real-time 3D, game development, animation, VFX, digital painting, and visualization. CG Spectrum inspires and trains creators through a unique online learning model and personalized mentorship from industry professionals. CG Spectrum is an Unreal Authorized Training Center, Unreal Academic Partner, SideFX Certified Training Provider, and Toon Boom Authorized Training Center delivering programs worldwide. Learn more at cgspectrum.com.

Session mentor
Daniel Hourigan

Daniel Hourigan | CG Spectrum VFX Dept. Head - Daniel is a skilled Senior Houdini FX Artist with more than 15 years of experience working in 3D animation and VFX for film. Proficient in a range of professional VFX software including Houdini and Nuke, Daniel has been working as a Lead FX Artist at Method Studios on movies such as Terminator: Dark Fate, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, and Aquaman. Other notable projects include Game of Thrones, The Wolverine and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.

Tags:   Visual Effects

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