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Applied Houdini Particles III - Advanced Particles and Lightning is a two (or three? Or five!) in one lesson covering a wide variety of visual and technical topics surrounding the creation of lightning style energy bolts and photorealistic sparks! We will cover how to accurately portray the sub-frame curved motion blur necessary to make sparks look their best using advanced geometry manipulation skills, as well as build up an algorithm for art directing energy tree structures that track objects in the scene. Sparks will fly, source, collide, split, blur, and illuminate in this action packed lesson!

Applied Houdini is a production quality oriented series created by Steven Knipping (, currently a Senior Rigid Body Destruction / FX Technical Director at Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic (Avengers: Infinity War, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars: The Force Awakens). Benefit from production proven workflows while also getting an in depth explanation of why things works they way they do. Best of all - each video is crammed with actual information and footnotes instead of gratuitous talking and dead space!

Purchase Price: $63.99

Released on: 04/04/2018

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Category: FXs

Total Duration: 5h 50m 42s

Level: From Intermediate to Advanced

Language: en


The author provided for you some example files. Example files can range from 3d Scenes to Photoshop projects, from Premiere projects to code. They are very helpful to understand more the concepts explained in the course.

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Tools used: Houdini

Prerequisites: Particles I, Particles II

Tags: particles, lightning, sparks, simulation, FX, VFX, effects, Houdini, motion blur