Houdini - Dynamics course (5 week part-time)

The safest way to blow stuff up!

Everyone loves fire and water. Creating them realistically for VFX contexts is an enviable skill. Our advanced course in Maya gives you an in depth look at simulated FX creation in Houdini.

Led by our real life “Harry" Houdini (Mark Spevick, Head of 3D at Escape Studios), over 1 week you will investigate production techniques with particles, rigid body dynamics, liquid simulations and digital pyrotechnics using the power of the Houdini engine.

You’ll leave the course with a good understanding of digital destruction from fracturing geometry to choreographing large simulations. And fire. And water.


This course is ideal if you want to:

  • Be able to set up realistic and direct simulations within Houdini.
  • Understand how to scale up simulations to production standards.
  • Understand how to simulate natural phenomena (water and fire) in Houdini.
  • Generate the various elements needed for VFX shots.
  • Generate caches of simulations.
  • Render simulations in Mantra.

Important: You must have completed the our Introduction to Houdini course OR be able to evidence: good understanding of Houdini and its various contexts, and good understanding of 3D techniques. Some prior knowledge of 3D dynamic systems. (particles, fluids, rigid bodies etc.) is an advantage

Why learn Houdini Dynamics with Escape Studios?

True VFX professionals need to be proficient in a number of VFX pipelines. SideFX and Houdini are fast becoming industry standard. Learn from the best; Escape Studios, Part of Pearson College London even hosted the 2016 Houdini software launch.


  • Week 1 - Introduction to Houdini's dynamics context... (DOPS)
  • Week 2 - Introduction to visual programming with VOP nodes
  • Week 3 - Simulated CG destruction with Bullet engine. Pre-fracturing and directing simulations (RDB)
  • Week 4 - Large and small body water simulations with FLIP fluids
  • Week 5 - Digital pyrotechnics, smoke and flames

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Houdini - Dynamics course (5 week part-time)

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24 April 2018

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