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Houdini - Dynamics (Evening - 5 weeks)

Do you want to make Hollywood style effects?

This part-time evening course will teach you to set up style effects within Houdini and how to render them, basically the safest way to blow stuff up!

You'll be taught by our resident "Harry Houdini", Mark Spevick where you will investigate production techniques with particles, rigid body dynamics, liquid simulations and digital pyrotechnics using the power of the Houdini engine. The course will give you enviable skill of creating fire and water for a VFX shot in a realistic form! You'll leave the course with a good understanding of digital destruction from fracturing geometry to choreographing large simulations. And fire. And water.

The brains behind Houdini, SideFX, are one of our favourite software industry partners, they've contributed to the development of a course championing their own software and engine for industry use.

  • Location: Midtown campus
  • Start dates: TBC
  • Tuition fees: £1,250
  • Mode of study: Part time (Evenings: Mon and Wed 7-10pm)
  • Programme duration: 5 weeks 
  • Entry requirements: Aged 18 or over, a good understanding of written and spoken English. Must have studied the Introduction to Houdini course or be able to show extensive knowledge of 3D VFX with basic Houdini skills.

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Our campus

You'll work in an industry-style studio to get a taste of what it's like to work in industry.

Meet our tutors

Mark is our Head of 3D, combining teaching with working at the highest level in the industry.

He got his big break at Peerless Camera, the production house co-owned by Terry Gilliam, and worked on every Gilliam film from ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ to ‘The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus’, starring the late Heath Ledger. He also worked with director Martin Campbell on ‘Zorro’ and ‘Mask of Zorro’ before supervising on the set of ‘Casino Royale’.

Most recently, Mark managed the CG team that worked on the parachute scene in ‘Angels and Demons’, on behalf of post-house Double Negative.

Industry partners

Industry partners and advisors influence everything we do, from the curriculum we teach and how it's delivered to our webinars and special events.

We work alongside an impressive list of VFX studios including Framestore, The Mill, BlueBolt, MPC, Glassworks and many more across all our courses at Escape Studios.

With exclusive professional feedback, intensive software training and much more, our industry-led courses give you up-to-the-minute, inspirational knowledge and experience, tailored to the work you’re passionate about. Our Escape Studios Alumni (Escapee's) can be found in many of the studios including MPC, Double Negative and The Electric Theatre Company.

Why Escape Studios?

  • Our tutors have worked in the industry and have been hand-picked from successful studios; they teach real-world tips and tricks learnt from on-the-job experience
  • You'll work in an industry-style studio from day one, so you'll get a taste of what it's like to work in industry
  • Our industry partners include Framestore, The Mill, MPC, Double Negative, Cinesite, Electric Theatre and JellyFish Pictures (to name just a few!)
  • Our industry partners help to design, develop and deliver our courses and they influence everything we do, so you'll benefit from up-to-the-minute knowledge and experience
  • You'll study at the heart of London's creative scene, so our state of the art facilities are the perfect place to kick-start your career

I've particularly enjoyed being able to learn with experienced tutors and being around other people who are passionate about learning these same kinds of skills

Malcom Kelley, Advanced 3D for Visual Effects