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Procedural Modeling for Production in Houdini

Procedural Modeling for Production in Houdini

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

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.
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Registration Period
Apr 24, 2024 - Jul 15, 2024
Course Start
Jul 19, 2024

Course Format


Skills Level

Intermediate to Advanced


6 weeks


Once a week


Individual recordings

Lecture Type

Due each week. Expect to spend 10-20 hrs/wk viewing lectures, Q&A, and time on assignments.
Strong understanding of Houdini SOPs & UI. Good understanding of VEX/VOPs.
Houdini (18.0)

The more you know, the better.

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

Senior Houdini TD & Technical Trainer
Course Start: Jul 19, 2024
Sean McEwan is a Senior Houdini Artist and Trainer, currently working at Pixar Animation Studios as a Senior Technical Trainer. With over a decade of industry experience, his career has spanned both animation and live action visual effects, with work in both feature film and television. Over the years he has worked in a variety of disciplines, such as Environments, Modeling, FX, and Technical Direction, but throughout this his focus and passion has always been on the power of Houdini's proceduralism. He is a VES nominated artist who has helped provide work for clients such as Marvel, Disney, and Netflix. Sean is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design

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Apr 24, 2024 - Jul 15, 2024
COURSE BEGINS on Jul 19, 2024
Procedural Modeling for Production in Houdini

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