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Side Effects Software Announces New Houdini Trainer Certification Opportunities

(July 31, 2001)
Side Effects Software has announced a seminar at SIGGRAPH 2001 to address demand for Houdini skills and Certified Houdini Trainers. The event will appeal to school staff with plans to expand their 3D animation offerings and trainers interested in augmenting their existing skill set to take advantage of employment opportunities. Seminar attendees will hear from the Digital Domain training manager, San Francisco Academy of Art College staff, and a certified Houdini freelance trainer. Speakers will share Houdini trainer certification opportunities and experiences. The training and education seminar will take place on Sunday, August 12th at noon at the Westin-Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

To register for the event, contact Side Effects Software at training@sidefx.com or call (310) 319-9876.



Increasing Demand for Certified Houdini Trainers Worldwide

Demand for Houdini-trained artists worldwide means an increased demand for Certified Houdini Trainers. Certified Houdini Trainers are able to tap into the lucrative and growing opportunities for full and part-time instructors at educational institutions or industry training centers throughout the globe. Certified Trainers will receive product information directly from Side Effects Software and have access to various resources, including course materials, a Houdini license for training purposes, on-line support, and other special educational opportunities.


Attend the Training and Education Event at SIGGRAPH

Side Effects Software will host a free event for Houdini trainers, school faculty, and Houdini Trainer Certification applicants. Full and part-time instructors currently teaching at any educational institution or training center, or with a minimum of one year of Houdini production experience, will also qualify to attend this event.

Ray Corbett, Training Supervisor at Digital Domain, will share his experiences providing Houdini training at one of the world¹s leading effects companies and review job opportunities for Houdini users and trainers. Randy McCrimmon, Associate Director 3D Animation from the Academy of Art College, San Francisco, will discuss their successful Houdini program, and Richard Kidd, Certified Houdini Trainer, will speak about industry opportunities available as a freelance Houdini Trainer. This event provides a great opportunity to learn about Side Effects Software¹s support of educational institutions and trainers, and to get details about the Houdini Trainer Certification Program, including requirements and how to apply.

DATE & TIME: Sunday, August 12, 2001, noon to 12:45 p.m.
LOCATION: Westin-Bonaventure Hotel (Downtown LA)
San Jose Room

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: training@sidefx.com or (310) 319-9876.


Certification Fee Reduced for Applicants Attending SIGGRAPH 2001 Event

All attendees to Side Effects¹ SIGGRAPH 2001 training and education seminar will be eligible for a 50% discount on the Introductory Certification application fee should they choose to enroll. There is typically a US$500 application fee for each certification level and, with this special offer, qualifying applicants can enroll for the Houdini Introductory Certification for only US$250. All full and part-time instructors currently teaching 3D topics at any educational institution or training center or with a minimum of one year of Houdini production experience will qualify.


Additional Information for the Houdini Trainer Certification Program

For additional information on the Houdini Trainer Certification Program, including upcoming certification opportunities and how to apply, visit http://www.sidefx.com/education/traincert.shtml.

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About Houdini

Houdini is an award-winning 3D animation software package that includes a comprehensive set of capabilities for digital content creation including modeling, animating, compositing, characters, textures, shading and rendering. Houdini has been used to create stunning visual sequences in blockbuster feature films including ³Mummy Returns², ³Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas², ³X-Men², ³Hollow Man², ³Fantasia 2000², ³Tarzan² and ³The Matrix².

Houdini's unique and award-winning Visual Procedural Network technology facilitates quick learning, rapid experimentation and the ultimate in production flexibility. Its revolutionary, fully non-linear architecture lets artists work the way they think. The powerful new customizable interface has been designed to handle the most sophisticated production environments with efficiency.

For more information, visit www.sidefx.com.





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