Simulations for VFX

Introduction to the production of dynamic simulations in visual effects
with Houdini and Autodesk Maya

Credits: Bruno Scopazzo, Marcos D' Andrea, Lucas Juri.


100% online


34 classes +
2 seminars


20 August


Tuesday and Friday
from 19 a.m. to 22 p.m.



academic requirements

  • Intermediate level of some 3D tool (Autodesk Maya, 3DS MAX, Cinema 4D, Blender).

Technical requirements

  • Operating system: Windows 10 64-bit or higher.
  • Processor: Intel i7 64-bit or similar AMD onwards.
  • Memory: 16GB RAM or higher.
  • Graphics: Geforce 2050 or higher.
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The course introduces the theoretical and practical foundations used in carrying out dynamic simulations of the audiovisual industry. The recreation of visual effects such as fire, rain, tornadoes, tsunamis, explosions, smoke, particles, among others, are common in films, series and advertisements of recent decades. These hyper-realistic effects could not be achieved with traditional techniques, either due to cost or safety. For this reason, it is a highly demanded specialty in the industry that, through constant technological innovation, raises the bar when it comes to surprising the audience.


Develop the ability to observe and analyze natural physical phenomena and then simulate them.

Learn to use Houdini and Autodesk Maya, the main dynamics and simulation tools used in this industry.

Acquire good practices and a correct work flow to work within a production team.

Create a demo reel to present in the audiovisual industry.


Module 1 – Simulations with Maya

Maya Dynamics:

  1. Nucleus environment
  2. nParticles
  3. bullet physics
  4. MASH
  5. nCloth
Module 2 – Simulations with Houdini I

Introduction to Houdini

  1. Interface
  2. Nodal logic of the program. Procedurality
  3. Particle systems. DOPS.
  4. Solvers and POP forces
  5. RBD (Rigid Body Dynamics) Intro.
  6. RBD: DOP vs SOP
  7. RBD: Destructions on various scales.
Module 3 – Simulations with Houdini II

Vellum PBD (Position Based Dynamics): simulation of fabrics, soft bodies, hair, sand, snow AND pyro (Fumes, fires and explosions)

  1. Vellum in fabric and soft body simulations
  2. Vellum in hair simulation
  3. Vellum in sand and snow simulations (granular)
  4. Pyro Smoke.
  5. Pyro Fire
  6. Pyro Explosions
  7. Pyro shading and rendering.
Module 4 – Houdini III

Liquids: FLIP and Ocean modules.

  1. Intro to FLIPs
  2. FLIP: Small scale simulations.
  3. FLIP: Medium scale simulations. Whitewater (foam and splash
  4. Ocean: Intro
  5. Large scale simulations
  6. Shading and rendering of liquids

Main tools and software to use

Houdini, software program icon logo
Autodesk Maya 3D modeling icon logo software

What our graduates have to say

Javier Marín
Javier Marín
3D Artist - VFX Wildcards

Image helps you develop your vocation and links you with the industry. It has specialized teachers in each area and the latest market trends. Always one step ahead of the rest.

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VFX Artist & Motion Grapher on Virtalio

Thanks to Image I was able to promote VFX, I participated in a call for a scholarship at the Vancouver Film School and I won it! I am now in Vancouver starting classes.

Camila Jury
Camila Jury
3D Artist and Graphic Designer at Fiverr

In Image I was able to expand my knowledge about 3D Modeling and it also allowed me to make a good network of contacts. I was always passionate about cartoons and video games, and thanks to the journey I got a job as a modeler for prints and animations. Both the professors and the second members were always available with all the patience in the world to clarify my doubts. That helped me a lot to progress.

Bethlehem Bargas
Bethlehem Bargas
3D Artist on Vready Now

Thanks to Image I was able to develop professionally as a 3D artist and make a living doing what I am passionate about. I learned to use the latest tools and techniques used today, which allow me to achieve high-quality work that meets the expectations of my clients. The teachers are excellent people and professionals.

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Areas where our graduates work

Animation of 2D and 3D advertising pieces

Design 3D

Video Composition

Creation of content for social networks

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Infrastructure and Technological Resources

In a building environment specially designed for our activity, all our classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art computers. One PC per student with all the software required for each course.

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