Many thanks to all of the artists that joined us for Houdini Hive at SIGGRAPH Asia in Tokyo. With an impressive line up of presenters, everyone was given a unique insight into Houdini techniques used by artists and studios. SideFX is pleased to be able to publish six of these presentations for you to view online and thanks all the presenters for their contributions to the community.
The Mill's Dan Yargici (Houdini TD), Tony Atherton (FX Supervisor) and Sam Driscoll (Visual Effects Supervisor) were tasked with turning 25 horses into a team of 80 horses for a Lloyds Bank advertisement - which included the horses running down a beach and through the waves.
Problem solving. It’s one of the principal things visual effects artists need to do. Presented with a story they must help realise, or some plates they need to add photoreal imagery to, VFX artists look to their experience, skills, and often specific tools to solve these problems.