This course focuses on advancing students’ knowledge of how to complete complex production-quality visual effects sequences. Students will be guided through advanced production tools and techniques, utilizing multiple fluid solvers and advanced cloud and particle workflows in Houdini, Maya Fluids, and Phoenix FD. The methods for setting up dynamic and non-dynamic simulations for live action and full CG production shot assets and sequences will be covered. Lectures, in-class demonstrations, and homework assignments in support of midterm and final project development will help students gain develop a solid understanding of how to leverage multiple programs to create a cohesive effect. Students will create an entire visual effects sequence over the course of the term for final review and critique. It is recommended students take an introductory Houdini class before taking this class.