In this new series called VFX Learning Case Studies we will explore some of the most iconic effects and simulations of popular blockbuster films, we will analyse the techniques needed to create such elements and combine all the tools and knowledge at our disposal using Maya, RealFlow and PulldownIt to achieve them.
Students will be shattering and simulating Rigid Body Dynamics using PulldownIt, an advanced solver used in production for the films John Carter of Mars, Harry Potter 7 & 8 amongst others.
MEL Scripting, a fundamental area of effects animation, will be covered and this will open a new world of possibilities for controlling and adapting simulations. We will learn to use MEL to create dynamic rigs and to help deal with repetitive tasks. As with any course in VFX Learning, we will analyze effects sequences from films, study them and determine the most cost effective way to achieve similar looks. At the end of this level, students will have a broad knowledge of the dynamics engine in Maya and overall FX procedures and techniques.