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Side Effects Software Announces New Free Workshop and Training Dates

(September 05, 2001)
Side Effects Software announces new training and workshop dates for Santa Monica, San Francisco and Toronto. In these sessions, artists will be exposed to the power of Houdini, the 3D animation software package used in such recent blockbusters as Like Cats and Dogs, The Mummy Returns, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, X-Men, Hollow Man and The Matrix.

The free Houdini Introductory Workshop is a guide to understanding Houdinis powerful workflow, including valuable tips, shortcuts and keyboard techniques. This class includes an introduction to the Object, SOP (Surface Operator), Material, Composite and Output editors. 1+ years 3D animation experience is required to attend the workshop.
Dates for the free Houdini Introductory Workshops in all areas are:


Santa Monica: September 8, September 12-13, September 22
San Francisco: September 8, September 29
Toronto: September 15, September 28

The Santa Monica office will introduce a new course, Advanced POPs, later in September. The Advanced POPs (Houdinis Particle OPerators) Seminar is an opportunity for people who have taken the POPs training classes to advance their knowledge of POPs beyond the basics. This one-evening seminar will examine several completed Houdini scenes and explore advanced operators and concepts such as the Creep POP, the Stream POP, State POP, multiple-use POPnets and other important areas. A very good understanding of basic POPs and Houdini is essential.

Date for this $200, one-evening session is:

Santa Monica: September 27

The Santa Monica office will also run an introductory level course, Introduction to Materials, Textures and Atmosphere. This course introduces the basics to polishing your scenes in Houdini. This class includes the material editor, applying texture coordinates and creating procedural textures, as well as implementing Houdinis 3D atmospheric objects and volumetric lighting.

Date for the $200, two-evening training session is:

Santa Monica: September 18 19

Side Effects Softwares Toronto office will offer a POPs course. This two-evening course offers training to Artists and Technical Directors in POPs. The course will teach users about the POPs interface, particle attributes and some advanced techniques to control particles within Houdini. This POPs course concludes with a simulation of breaking ice: learn the theories behind the incredible effects in The X-Files: Fight the Future.

Dates for the $300, two-evening course are:

Toronto: September 25 & 27

Reservations are required for all Side Effects Software workshops and training sessions. For additional course descriptions, dates and times: www.sidefx.com/education/training.shtml

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