Houdini Workshop

Film FX - Reverse Engineering
Ever wondered how the spectacular effects in Star Wars, The Avengers, and Harry Potter are created? In this workshop, you'll master the art of reverse engineering these unique and captivating effects. Together, we'll uncover film's epic shot secrets and teach you to reverse engineer any Hollywood scene.
Instructor:
Corbin Mayne
duration:
24 weeks
Start Date:
July 8, 2024
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Welcome to the FILM FX workshop hosted by Corbin Mayne, an experienced ILP FX Supervisor!

Ever wondered how the spectacular effects in Star Wars, The Avengers, and Harry Potter are created? In this workshop, you'll master the art of reverse engineering these unique and captivating effects.

Get ready to recreate three top-tier effect shots! You'll tackle the Avengers disintegration effect, the explosive bubble bomb from Solo, and a mesmerizing scene from Fantastic Beasts featuring an obscurist attacking a wizard within a protective shield. Learn the insider techniques and tricks used by industry professionals to bring these effects to life using Houdini.

From procedural interior surface generation to dynamic rigging with constraint tricks and creating dynamic shells, you'll gain invaluable skills.

Our workshop isn't just about learning; it's about empowering you to succeed in the film effects industry.

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START DATE
July 8, 2024
SKILL LEVEL
Mid - Advanced
duration
24 weeks
FORMAT
Step-by-Step
Q&A
24/7 DISCORD
LECTURE TYPE
PRE-RECORDED
A certificate is available upon completion of the workshop.
Lifetime access.
Due each week. Expect to spend 3-5 hrs/wk viewing lectures, Q&A, and time on assignments.
ASSIGNMENT
Upon successful completion of this workshop you'll receive an official doublejump Certificate to prove you've mastered Film FX
CERTIFICATE
Houdini,MAYA & Nuke.
PROGRAMS
Houdini & Nuke.
PROGRAMS
november 2,2022
100 % full
July 8, 2024
opens 2.2.2024
Live Webinar

FilmFX webinar with Corbin Mayne

FX That We Will Reverse Engineer

OBSCURUS FX

This masterful magical effect is all about control. We will learn to manipulate particles, volumes and geometry with completely custom VEX code that can help you achieve any look.

BUBBLE BOMB

In this effect I will show you how to break down a complex, layered effect into simple setups and how to maintain that all important sense of scale and explosive timing this epic shot requires.

DISINTEGRATION FX

One of the most common magical FX but difficult to get right. Together we’ll unpack how to spread decay maps naturally and how to use this to drive an eye-catching disintegration FX that feels weighty and believable.

*We don't own the footage in these clips. We are using them as reference material for the workshop.

ENROLL

We aim to strike a balance between offering affordable education and ensuring that instructors receive sufficient income from workshops.
This way, they can continue teaching and creating new workshops in the future.

Standard Edition

$85
2hr Tutorial
Mentoring & Support
DoubleJump Academy Certification
Lifetime Access & Updates

What You'll Learn

Our teaching approach is hands-on & project-based.
We cover the theory and put it into practice so you can learn how to think like an artist.

BREAKING IT DOWN

You’ll learn how to quickly dissect reference footage into a simple action plan.

VEX WIZARDRY

I’ll teach you to turn VEX into a second language, so you can achieve any kind of magic with a few simple incantations!

MODULAR MAGIC

We’ll keep things nimble and neat with modular workflows that keep you iterating fast and producing quality work while you develop your FX.

BUILDING IT UP

My secret method to FX dev that will get you “reviewable” results within a day!

TAKING CONTROL

Whether you’re art directing explosions or summoning wild, custom magical FX, control is the key! We’ll examine detailed ways of manipulating forces and motion so you can master the elements!

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What we will learn together in

24 weeks

WEEK 1

Project Concept and R&D

What we will cover:

• Picking references, collecting and organizing assets, project schema, workflows

WEEK 2

Custom Meta Humans Blueprint

What we will cover:

• Costumes, face scan and texture improvements

WEEK 3

Environment Blocking

What we will cover:

• Virtual location scouting in a basic environment
• Creating temp sets for visualising each location on the mocap stage

WEEK 4

Planning a Mocap Shoot

What we will cover:

• Shot list, camera placement, actor blocking, etc

WEEK 5

Prepping Mocap Data

What we will cover:

• Ingesting and organizing Mocap and Pcap data for editing
• Retargeting to skeletons
• Syncing audio, face, and body data
• Using Metahuman Animator to solve facial performance

WEEK 6

Editing and Blocking

What we will cover:

• Choosing animation takes, setting up shots, temp cameras
•Assembly edit using UE’s Sequencer

WEEK 7

Virtual Camera

What we will cover:

• Choosing animation takes, setting up shot
• Setting up virtual camera rig to IOS device using Live Link
• Streaming UE environment to IOS screen
• Recording camera takes, best practices, and manual adjustments• Finalising edit

WEEK 8

Animation

What we will cover:

• Using UE’s Control Rig to tweak face and body performance
• Importing alembics for bespoke animations (cloth, RBD, etc)

WEEK 9

Shot Design

What we will cover:

• Shot composition and lighting
• Set dec, prop scatter, BG crowds
• Adjusting per sequence and per shot

WEEK 10

MRQ Rendering and Nuke Compositing

What we will cover:

• Using Cryptomattes to grade and compositie, 2D VFX elements to compliment UE’s effects
• Final polish, optical artifacts
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What we will learn together in

24 weeks

WEEK 1

Procedural Bridge: Getting Started & Modeling

What we will cover:

Transfer data from Houdini To Unreal via Houdini Engine, Create their first Houdini Digital Asset(HDA) for Unreal, and learn the foundations of procedural modeling.

WEEK 2

Procedural Bridge:Texturing, Vellum Simulations, & Alembic Workflows

What we will cover:

Learn how you can harvest the power of houdini to help create materials for unreal, set up a cohesive Vellum simulation, and get a simulation integrated to Unreal.

WEEK 3

Procedural Destruction From Houdini To Unreal

What we will cover:

Create our own advanced fracture setup, set up Physics in Unreal from Houdini Attributes, and dive into Blueprinting in Unreal.

WEEK 4

Procedural Infection Part 1: Growth Algorithm And Mesh Creation

What we will cover:

Dive deep into creating a growth algorithm Inside Houdini, learning how to utilize For-Loops and Vex To a high potential.

WEEK 5

Procedural Infection Part 2: Unreal Engine Advanced Material Setup

What we will cover:

Use our tool in Unreal and create a beautiful Ethereal Material, Creating Tri-Planar & Screen Space Projections for a sci-fi/fantasy feeling.

WEEK 6

Modular Pipe Generation

What we will cover:

Learn the foundations for setting up modular asset placement procedurally, look at 3D path generation inside Houdini.

WEEK 7

Presenting Work Through Environment Creation: Foundations And Lighting

What we will cover:

• Choosing animation takes, setting up shot
• SSet up an interior environment in Unreal to showcase your tools complete with lighting, camera setups, & foliage placement.

WEEK 8

Presenting Work Through Environment Creation: Polish And Rendering

What we will cover:

Polish up the environment with decal placement, Color correction (Inside Unreals Camera), & Rendering.
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What we will learn together in

24 weeks

WEEK 1

Blender/Unreal Engine

What we will cover:

• Data Preparation.
• Scale Units.
• Model Axis Orientation.
• Wheels Camber.
• Model splitting (Body, wheels etc.).
• Normal orientation.
• Unreal Engine Project Setup.
• Import to Unreal Engine.

WEEK 2

Unreal Engine

What we will cover:

• Adjusting Model Pivots (UE Modeling Tools).
• Automotive Materials Pack description.
• UE Materials Workflow.
• Car Shading.
• High precision tangent basis (important setting which must be enabled).
• Car Rig Assembly, wheels, brake callipers etc. (Car Rig blueprint provided).
• Car Rig adjustments. Wheel offset, body height, camber.
• Placing Car Rig in the scene, static functions overview. (Wheel turn, body lean).
• Brake Lights/Headlights blueprinting and preparing for animation – blueprinting in Car Rig.

WEEK 3

Unreal Engine

What we will cover:

• Placing Car Rig in the scene.
• Suspension settings overview.
• Drawing spline path.
• Attaching car to spline.
• Multiple Spline/Multiple Cars usage.
• Sequencer Basics, preparing for animation.
• Adding cars to sequencer.
• Animate driving, stopping, turning.
• CineCamera actor overview.
• Adding Cameras and animating cameras.
• Camera Shakes/Sporty style of camera animation.
• Car Ramp Jump.

WEEK 4

Environment Creation

What we will cover:

• Environment Light Object description.
• Environment Light Mixer Window.
• Setting directional light/skylight.
• Using HDRI, HDRI Limitations in Unreal Engine.
• Overview of Free Unreal Engine Marketplace assets and environments.
• Using Free Assets from Quixel Bridge.
• Creating Simple Minimalistic Environment (using basic shapes and Quixel Bridge Assets).
• Light setup and Post Processing Volume effects/exposure settings.

WEEK 5

Rendering

What we will cover:

• Create car animation sequence within our created environment.
• Types of Render in Unreal Engine (Lumen vs Path Tracing).
• Lumen + Ray Tracing description and limitations.
• Movie Render Queue Overview.
• Color Profile ACES (for movies or Photoshop).
• Setting up render in Lumen only + Lumen and Ray Tracing.
• Setting up Render in Path Tracing.
• Importing in DaVinci Resolve for color grade.
• Colour space transform in DaVinci Resolve for correct display.
• Render with Cryptomatte.
• Importing EXR with Cryptomatte masks for Photoshop retouch.
• Using Cryptomatte in DaVinci Resolve with React plugin

Firmware

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What Our Students Created

Sükrü Cengil
Art Director >> Head of Design Visualization Volkswagen AG
Sheldon Schwartz
Steve Jones
Motion Graphics Lead
Sükrü Cengil
Art Director >> Head of Design Visualization Volkswagen AG
Luca Goury
Automotive CGI | Visualisation Artist
Luca Goury
Automotive CGI | Visualisation Artist
Sükrü Cengil
Art Director >> Head of Design Visualization Volkswagen AG
Steve Jones
Motion Graphics Lead
Sükrü Cengil
Art Director >> Head of Design Visualization Volkswagen AG
Luca Goury
Automotive CGI | Visualisation Artist
Sükrü Cengil
Art Director >> Head of Design Visualization Volkswagen AG
Sükrü Cengil
Art Director >> Head of Design Visualization Volkswagen AG
Luca Goury
Automotive CGI | Visualisation Artist

Ready To Master Filmmaking in UE?

Standard Edition
$418
$465
Full 10 Week Workshop
Mentoring & Support
DoubleJump Academy Certification
Lifetime Access & Updates
Legendary Edition
$661
$735
Includes everything from Standard Edition and:
Animation Mocap Library
Nuke Student License
Firmware Art Package ( Includes some assets, stills, film script, shoot notes, Firmware OST, Digital Poster, etc)
Access to Private Legendary Discord group with the Instructor.
Limited edition T-Shirt. (Design TBA)
Supremium Edition
$886
$985
Includes everything from Legendary Edition and:
Private call with Instructor
Supremium Discord
Extra T-shirt

Ready To Learn Houdini for Games in UE?

Strandard Edition
$465
Full 8 Week Workshop
Mentoring & Support
DoubleJump Academy Certification
Lifetime Access & Updates
Legendary Edition
$735
Includes everything from Standard Edition and:
Procedural Scaffolding HDA
Nuke Student License
Houdini Student License
GridMarkets 10 Free Credits + 10% Extra credits on every purchase
Access to Private Legendary Discord group with the Instructor.
Limited edition T-Shirt. (Design TBA)
Supremium Edition
$985
Includes everything from Legendary Edition and:
Private call with Instructor
Supremium Discord
Extra T-shirt

Need more info?

We hosted a live webinar featuring Corbin Mayne, who provided a live demonstration from his FILMFX workshop on disintegration effects. He showcased the decay map setup, offering complete control over organically spreading attributes in real time.
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Ready To Master automotive in UE?

Strandard Edition
$815
Full 5 Week Workshop
Advanced Custom Car Rig Blueprint
Mentoring & Support
DoubleJump Academy Certification
Lifetime Access & Updates
Legendary Edition
$935
Includes everything from Standard Edition and:
Unreal Engine Race Track Environment
Nuke Student License
Houdini Student License
GridMarkets 10 Free Credits + 10% Extra credits on every purchase
Access to Private Legendary Discord group with the Instructor.
Limited edition T-Shirt.
Supremium Edition
$1,195
Includes everything from Legendary Edition and:
Private call with Instructor
Supremium Discord
Extra T-shirt
INCLUDED IN THE LEGENDARY

Animation Library

We are collaborating with Griffin Animation Academy to provide you with the highest quality animation assets online.

This will be an overgrowing library of animation assets and a good opportunity to collaborate with fellow Animators.

Real-Life Studio Scenario

Our students can collaborate with Griffin animation academy students to create breathtaking unique show-reel projects you will not find assets like this anywhere else.

collab with animators

This will imitate a real life studio Scenario where multiple departments collaborate together with a CG supervisor like Corbin overseeing the project.

spice up your portfolio

We're frequently asked, 'How can I make my portfolio unique?' Certainly not by displaying all your FX renders on a plain black background. This library offers unlimited creative freedom to help your FX stand out.

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Ready To Master Reverse Engineering?

Strandard Edition
$465
Full 24 Week Workshop
Mentoring & Support
DoubleJump Academy Certification
Lifetime Access & Updates
Legendary Edition
$735
Includes everything from Standard Edition and:
One Extra VFX chosen by community
Animation Library ( by Griffin Academy)
Nuke Student License
Houdini Student License
GridMarkets 10 Free Credits + 10% Extra credits on every purchase
Access to Private Legendary Discord group with the Instructor.
Limited edition T-Shirt.
Supremium Edition
$985
Includes everything from Legendary Edition and:
Private call with Instructor
Supremium Discord
Extra T-shirt

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Unreal Engine Automotive Legendary Edition

Legendary Edition Includes:

• Unreal Engine Automotive Masterclass
• Unreal Engine Race Track Environment
• Limited edition T-Shirt (Design TBA)
• Nuke Student License
• Houdini Student License
• GridMarkets 10 Free Credits + 10% Extra credits on every purchase
• Access to Private Legendary Discord group with the Instructor
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Meet your Instructor

Hi, I'm

Corbin

Hi everyone, my name is Corbin and while waiting for my Hogwarts letter to arrive (any day now), I decided to become a master of digital magic! For over a decade I have delved into the deepest node networks and scoured the dustiest help files to uncover Houdini’s greatest secrets! I have travelled the globe, studying under the great masters and I have led armies of powerful mages into battle against the foulest of deadlines. And now I have come to share the wisdom of the ancient magics with you.

Corbin
worked on projects such as

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FILMFX Legendary Edition

Legendary Edition Includes:

• FilmFx - Reverse Engineering Workshop
• Animation Library ( by Griffin Academy)
• 1 Extra VFX (chosen ycommunity)
• Limited Edition T-Shirt
• Nuke Student License
• Houdini Student License
• GridMarkets 10 Free Credits + 10% Extra credits on every purchase
• Access to Private Legendary Discord group with the Instructor
discover editions

Discover the
Houdini for Games in Unreal Engine Legendary Edition

Legendary Edition Includes:

• Houtdini for Games in Uneal Engine Workshop
• Procedural Scaffolding HDA
• Limited Edition T-Shirt (Design TBA)
• Nuke Student License
• Houdini Student License
• GridMarkets 10 Free Credits + 10% Extra credits on every purchase
• Access to Private Legendary Discord group with the Instructor
discover editions

Discover the
Master Filmmaking in Unreal Engine Legendary Edition

Legendary Edition Includes:

• Master Filmmaking in Uneal Engine Workshop
• Animation Mocap Library
• Limited Edition T-Shirt (Design TBA)
• Nuke Student License
• Firmware Art Package ( Includes some assets, stills, film script, shoot notes, Firmware OST, Digital Poster, etc)
• Access to Private Legendary Discord group with the Instructor
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what skills will you gain
Imagine yourself as a game character. In games, you complete missions, level up, and earn skill points. Similarly, in this workshop, you'll gain valuable points and skills in real life.
LVL UP!
+ 22 SKILL POINTS
+ 22 SKILL POINTS
Pre-existing skill points
Newely gained skill points
Houdini skills
Volumes
flip
Particles
Rigid Bodies
Vellum / Soft Bodies
VEX
Shading
Rendering
Compositing
Proceduralism
Pipeline
Tech Anim
artist skills
FX Dev
Speed
Lead/Supervisor
what skills will you gain
Imagine yourself as a game character. In games, you complete missions, level up, and earn skill points. Similarly, in this workshop, you'll gain valuable points and skills in real life.
LVL UP!
+ 52 SKILL POINTS
Pre-existing skill points
Newely gained skill points
Houdini skills
Volumes
flip
Particles
Rigid Bodies
Vellum / Soft Bodies
VEX
Shading
Rendering
Compositing
Proceduralism
Pipeline
Tech Anim
Artist skills
FX Dev
Speed
Lead/Supervisor
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As part of the MOVIE FX workshop, people who buy Legendary can choose between 4 FX for one Extra FX.
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*We don't own the footage in these clips. We are using them as reference material for the workshop.

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STANDARD EDITION INCLUDES:

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LIVE FEEDBACK

PROVIDED BY WILLIAM

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limited EDITION INCLUDES:

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Being a vfx artist can feel isolating, and I think it’s extremely important we prioritize connecting with other Artists and Peers.

I have worked with Urban in the Past on a workshop and with Corbin as FX supervisor during my time at ILP. They are both extremely creative, passionate and always put helping the people around them up to the for front. I couldn't imagine a better team of people to put together a school like DoubleJump. Always people and education first.

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Owner & Creative Director
Griffin Animation Studios

"William goes in depth into his workflow and approach he takes to creating large scale environments, u get to understand his thinking behind the why he does things not just the how. There is some comp tricks taught along the way in nuke as well that have been helpful to apply to my own projects to elevate them just that bit more even if environments isnt my main focus. Of course as well the huge community of DoubleJump is a bonus always ready to help when u need it with a bunch of friendly folks."

Sam Savage

Fx Artist/TD - Enrolled in: Epic Environments for Movies

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