I just finished up my 3D visual effects class at BYU so I thought I’d post my projects from the class.
The first one is something that I’ve posted before as a previous version here. I’ve made some adjustments to it for the final, so I thought I’d post it again.
The second project is the final for the term. The assignment was to produce an effect in Houdini and composite it with a photo or video. I chose to add lightning to a photo and found that it was a challenge because there aren’t as many stock lightning simulations in Houdini as there are for fire, water or smoke. Through some investigation and help from my instructor I was able to come up with something that created nice lightning bolts. After that it was a matter of compositing it in a realistic manner. I’m super familiar with Photoshop, and while that’s not the ideal industry tool to use for such things, I found the animation features to work well for what I was trying to accomplish. Here it is: