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I have authored multiple courses for Houdini training with Pluralsight (formerly Digital-Tutors). Check out my tutorials below. You can also click the course images to bring up the intro videos.
Creating a Rocket Swarm with Procedural Volume Copying in Houdini
In this Houdini tutorial I explain how to use procedural volume copying to create a rocket swarm that is both efficient and flexible. It allows one to make modifications to timing, positioning, and scale without having to recreate or resim the effect from scratch.
Creating a Dynamic Grappling Hook in Houdini
In this Houdini tutorial I explore how to use Houdini's wire system along with soft body dynamic constraints to create a grappling hook wire that shoots out and retracts based on these constraints.
The goal of this tutorial is to teach how to use constraints to control wire simulations, as well as explaining additional methods to combine multiple simulations and elements into one final effect.
Introduction to Houdini Pyro
In this course, I teach the fundamental concepts of Houdini's powerful Pyro Solver to create multiple fire-based effects. I explain how to source, simulate, export, render, and composite impressive fire effects with Houdini’s powerful Pyro tools.
My name is Sam Rickles and I am Lead FX Animation Technical Director with Sony Pictures Imageworks in Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada. I am an 8 year visual effects industry veteran, with 2 years in a Lead position. I primarily utilize Side Effects Houdini to achieve a wide variety of effects, and I work extensively within Katana and Nuke for rendering and compositing. My work can be seen in several animated features including 'Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation' and 'Smurfs: The Lost Village', as well as live-action films such as 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' and 'Edge of Tomorrow'.
I graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelors of Science degree in Computational Media and have previously lived and worked in Atlanta, GA and Los Angeles, CA. Please feel free to contact me via email or LinkedIn if you have any questions or comments. Thank you.