Welcome to CG Masters fourth Houdini seminar. This bootcamp focuses on providing users of other 3D software a quick introduction to Houdini. At the end of the course, users should have a solid foundation on which to build their Houdini skills. Pre-requisite: Understanding of the basics of 3D software, such as Maya, Softimage, Lightwave, 3DSMax. The bootcamp demonstrates all the basic functionality of Houdini, a procedural software application by Side Effects Software. It is mainly for people who have seen how powerful the software is but are confused by the procedural nature of its tools. The course will provide a framework from which more learning and discovery can occur. Advanced registration is required due to limited seating.
Date: February 23, 2014 Time:10am to 6pm with a 1 hour lunch break
Presented by: CG Masters School of 3D Animation and Visual Effects.
New Westminster, BC Canada, V3M 0G3
Price: Regular (Jan 25 and after) $199
Early Bird (before Jan 25) $149
CG Masters is conveniently located on the New Westminster Skytrain Platform, just 20 minutes by train from Vancouver. The station has many amenities including restaurants, Landmark Cinema, banks and pub. Once registered, you will receive payment information by email. Once payment is complete, your seat will be confirmed by email.
Peter Bowmar – Houdini Instructor
Peter Bowmar - Master Houdini Instructor
Peter Bowmar is a native Vancouverite and currently FX Development Supervisor at Rythm and Hues Studios. As a lad, Peter and his Dad and/or friends made stop motion Super 8 films, usually involving Lego, explosions and blood, not always in the same film. At the age of 10, Star Wars altered his life forever. This led to spaceships being added to the aforementioned Super 8 films, and lots of TIE fighters scribbled on notebooks. Cable TV volunteering led to a professional night cameraman role for Kelowna station CHBC, which taught him a deep and scarring fear of mistakes, as those made on live TV are seen by hundreds of thousands. Working on film sets in the late 80s and during his Ryerson Film degree days convinced him that he hated being on set. Fortunately the transition to digital effects conveniently happened to save him. An Amiga, Imagine and a Video Toaster launched him into freelance FX work in Toronto. His career took an unexpected turn when he went to Singapore to help set up the first film and animation school in that country. Being given $5 million to spend presented the chance to learn and teach all major high-end software packages, and Softimage 3D became the next package after obsessing on LightWave. During this time, he tried to learn Prisms (the predecessor to Houdini) but quickly gave up when he was introduced to an Alpha .8 version of Houdini. He left Singapore for Side Effects Software’s Los Angeles office, where he spent many years documenting, supporting and developing training for Houdini. He found occasional time to do some freelance work on shows such as The Cell, Master of Disguise and Minority Report. Peter then worked at Rhythm and Hues on such projects as Flight of the Phoenix, Electra, and Superman Returns. After his US work visa ran out, he and his family moved to England, where he spent a year completing his Masters degree in Animation at Bournemouth University.Another production stint followed, this time at Framestore-CFC in London, where he worked on the Academy Award winning “Golden Compass” as well as “Prince Caspian” and “Wanted.” While he and his wife both loved living in London, the opportunity to return home to Vancouver proved too tempting, and he returned in 2008.