Keith Kamholz


About Me


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Houdini Skills


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My Talks

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EARTH: Five Elements of VFX
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Evolving Destruction Workflows
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Vehicle Destruction & Dynamic Rigging with RBDs

Recent Forum Posts

Cluster By Geometry - Free HDA for destruction/etc Jan. 11, 2021, 9:34 a.m.

Hi all!

I recently made a free public post on my Patreon, a bit of a New Year's gift.

In my destruction classes & SideFX conference presentations I've mentioned that I often use geometry grouping to define the clustered sections in my RBD sims. However, it takes a bit of work to create the feedback for-each loops to set that up, so I've finally wrapped it up into a helpful HDA. Demo HIP file included as well.

(I also included the HDA in the November 2020 'quick tip' post, but this version fixes a bug in the size-based prioritization, so for patrons that have that version I highly recommend downloading this one instead!) []

Hope you find this useful, and that you enjoy the new year! :-)

~ Keith

CGMA - Mastering Destruction with Keith Kamholz Jan. 20, 2020, 8:41 p.m.

Hi all! There's 1 week left to register for my Mastering Destruction 8-week class on CGMA!
In supplemental videos and live sessions we'll be focusing on some of the awesome new features in Houdini 18, and exploring anything else you might be interested in, such as vehicle destruction.

For those that haven't seen me post before, I'm an FX Lead at DNEG, and previously worked at ILM / Blue Sky / Tippett. Destruction is my specialty, with some highlights including Pacific Rim 2, Transformers, Jurassic World, and Marvel projects. I've also done presentations for SideFX at FMX/SIGGRAPH/etc, which are available on their Vimeo page.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask or drop me a message! [] []

Best PAID Tutorial on the web Jan. 16, 2019, 6:56 a.m.

I'm a bit biased because I teach their Destruction class, but CGMA offers 8-week classes that are pretty awesome, with actively working instructors & homework feedback & live Q&A sessions. []

And yeah, Steve's Applied Houdini tutorials are great! Clear & detailed solid content. :-)