Course Notes

Updated on August 7  2016

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VSFX 721: Resources

Deborah R. Fowler



Resources for VSFX 721 Procedural Modeling and Animation

Posted 2013
Updated on Mar 21  2017

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Due Dates

Weight
Requirements


Reviews/Dailies
Deadlines  (by class number)
Optional
Grading
Templates
10
Ex 1
out 2


due 4 (Phyllotaxis)

GR 1
Breakdown1
  5
Ex 2   image
out 4


due 6 (Expressions)

GR 2
Breakdown2
20
Ex 3
out 4
image 5

due 10 (Procedural Modeling - Building)
11
GR 3
Breakdown3
25
Project 1
out 1
image 7
review 12/13
due 14 (Procedural Modeling - Complex Scene)
16
PGR 1
BreakdownP1
30
Project 2
out 13
image 15
review 18
due 19 (Expressions Animation)
20
PGR 2
BreakdownP2
10
Professionalism








In keeping with creating a studio environment you will be expected to adhere to deadlines and show your work in progress in a "dailies" fashion.

If you have questions, let me know. I am always happy to give you feedback to help you improve your work but you have other projects/exercises to complete within this quarter. Improvement and deadlines are part of the studio process. The "orange box" class dates above indicate assignments allowing optional final renders.

Reminder: You are always encouraged to refine your work, however at some point deadlines require you to put it aside. You will not be re-graded for work submitted after deadlines but it will still count toward your participation grade. Improving your work is important but so is being able to work within the deadlines.


NOTE ABOUT OPTIONAL FINAL RENDERS

As per the submission guidelines please submit the files in a folder labeled Quarter_Class_EN_LastnameFirstname_Title_Final (contents as before).
***Please leave the original submission in the dropbox***

This allows me to see at a glance, who has submitted a "Final" Version. This folder should be on the top level of your dropbox.

Class Notes

Class 1-20 please refer to the syllabus located on blackboard

On the SideFX website you will find a link to the Houdini documentation here.

There are examples on the tips and tricks page as well as in the FAQ folder in the dropbox - these are small sample files that resolve questions I have been asked such as, why does my box render look funny, what would I use a fuse node for, and so on.
If you would like more explanation I will be happy to answer questions, as always ask questions!


Key words: phyllotaxis, math review, logic review, look dev, instancing, layout, dynamics, rbd, particles, chops

Student Responsibility reminders:

Exercise 1 Hints

In addition, you should review the material here. For fun (optional reading below):


Exercise 2 Hints

For extra hints on how to use the font node here are three example files font.hipnc, fontRunTogether.hipnc and fontAlternative.hipnc (use this last one only if you have coding experience - if you like this format take a look at Hscript examples on the tips and tricks page).

More Hints:

Exercise 3 Hints

You will be creating a procedural system for generating the exterior of a building. The Internet provides numerous examples of procedural buildings and city generation. Pascal Mueller, et al. at Procedural Inc. should serve as inspiration for this exercise. Interesting video related to Exercise 3 (done in maya with mel) on procedural building here.
We will look at previous students work in class.


Project 2 Inspiration