Procedural Modeling for Production in Houdini | CG Master Academy

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Procedural Modeling for Production in Houdini

A 6 week course where students will learn how proceduralism can be used to create powerful modeling workflows

Course overview Course overview

Course Overview

Create powerful modeling workflows

This course will be an in-depth look into procedural modeling in Houdini; throughout the course, students will gain a strong understanding of how proceduralism can be used to create powerful modeling workflows. We will explore a variety of concepts used to create procedural assets, with each lesson having a finished product demonstrating the principles of that week. We will learn how to organize your workflows and create artist-friendly interfaces for reuseability. Together, we'll create several finished model assets with fully procedural controls.


Course Format:   Standard
Lecture Type:   Pre-recorded
Feedback:   Individual recordings
Duration:   6 weeks
Assignment:   Deadlines each week
Q&A:   Once a week
Materials:   Houdini (18.0)
Skills level:   Intermediate to Advanced
Prerequisites:   Strong understanding of Houdini SOPs & UI. Good understanding of VEX/VOPs.

Procedural Modeling for Production in Houdini WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

What you'll learn

The more you know, the better.

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Build a generator to for creating a customizable chandelier | Explore how we can use point attributes to give extra levels of control & complexity through proceduralism | Learn the basic attributes used to control copies (N, up, pscale, scale)
Explore the tools we can use to get a hard-surface mechanical look | Explore methods of add slight imperfections to our setup to add believability | Learn methods for troubleshooting bad topology | See how, with the proper procedural setup, a "rig" comes for free, and we can control and pose the bird via the controls we created | Explore methods for adding a detail pass to our model
Build a generator for a cactus model | Explore how to use the topology of the mesh to generate ridges and spines | Build a generator for a succulent | Learn methods for duplicating and controlling the shape, bend, and distribution of the petals
Explore how we can paint areas on a terrain to specify where to populate geometry generation | Build generators for a few different coral reef types: Tubular, Digitate, Laminar Sheets, & Branching
Build the foundation of our pagoda | Create the base of the pagoda, generate stairs that match the height of the base, build repeatable stories, construct the roof, and add railing.
See how adding many simple layers of procedural detail can give complex looking, believable results | Continue working on our pagoda, adding extra detail to it | Add wooden columns and trim, doors, windows, a roof topper, and roof tiles.

Igniting your imagination

Sean is a VES Nominated Procedural Environments Artist currently working at Blue Sky Studios. He has worked on over 25 movies and television shows, with some of his more recent credits including Shazam!, Ad Astra, and Spies and Disguise. His experience ranges from animation studios to vfx houses, and he has worked as both an FX Artist and Environment Artist, both with a focus on Houdini. He studied Visual Effects at Savannah College of Art and Design.


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Oct 26, 2020 - Feb 1, 2021




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Employer Reimbursement

Animation Guild CSATTF

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Companies that hire our students

  • Naughty Dog
  • Luma Pictures
  • Google
  • EA Games
  • DreamWorks Animation
  • Blizzard Entertainment

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Personal Feedback

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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