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[4 Jul 2010 | 3 Comments | 9,959 views]
Nested ICE compound hell

Exporting ICE compounds. What could be simpler?

Well, as it turns out, quite a lot. Especially if you forget to tick a certain checkbox…

3D, Featured, Maths, Matrix »

[9 May 2010 | 5 Comments | 47,292 views]
Rotating Points With a 3×3 Matrix

How do 3×3 matrices rotate and scale points?

This is the second installment in a series of articles to help explain and develop intuition surrounding what is sometimes mistakenly perceived to be a difficult subject.

3D, Download, Featured, XSI »

[22 Feb 2010 | 25 Comments | 33,128 views]
XSI Tab Menu

A tool free to download for XSI, that mimics the Tab menu from Houdini and Nuke.

A great way to speed up your workflow.

Featured, Maths, Matrix »

[17 Jan 2010 | 20 Comments | 47,867 views]
How to Read a 3×3 Matrix

Never quite understood what a 3×3 matrix is?

This is an introduction to help explain and develop intuition surrounding what is sometimes mistakenly perceived to be a difficult subject.

Featured, ICE, XSI »

[2 Oct 2009 | 13 Comments | 25,786 views]
Retiming ICE caches

A complete guide to retiming particles in ICE.

The techniques discussed in this article were used for Sky Sports’ “Super Sunday” television ident at The Mill, earlier this year.

Featured, Video »

[27 Sep 2009 | No Comment | 6,581 views]
Storm Over Frankfurt

Back in August, The Mill gave me a new challenge. There was a new job coming in to create a viral for Audi and they wanted me to lead and act as VFX supervisor on the shoot.

Featured, NFTS, Pyrotechnics »

[8 Sep 2009 | 8 Comments | 31,402 views]
Pyrotechnics: Blowing Up a Car

Blowing cars up with a rocket launcher? Of course. It’s just another day on the SFX/VFX course at the NFTS.

Find out how we did it for real.

Featured, Houdini »

[25 Aug 2009 | 5 Comments | 30,782 views]
Houdini: Multiparms

If you’ve ever wondered how to use multiparms in your own assets and tools, then this four page tutorial will show you how.

It also covers how to link expressions to them, and a couple of other tricks too.

Featured, VFX Supervision, Video »

[18 Aug 2009 | 7 Comments | 12,230 views]
Video: Making an LED Tracker

How to make an LED tracker using a method from www.vfxhack.com.

Featured, Houdini, Miscellaneous »

[21 Jul 2009 | 12 Comments | 112,871 views]
Houdini CHOPs: Curves from animation

This is a simple but in depth 4 page tutorial on how to use CHOPs to create a curve from the path of an animated object.

It also takes you through the steps of creating a basic Digital Asset.