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Effects TD Presentation - Vancouver


The Craft of the Effects Technical Director
with Houdini Guru Andrew Lowell

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Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

6:30PM -> 8:30PM


Presented By - Side Effects - Houdini, Visual Effects Society – Vancouver Section & Lost Boys | School of Visual Effects


The focus of this talk is the mindset of an FX Artist, and how to take simple ideas and create dramatic results. *During this talk Andrew Lowell (Senior FX TD, Houdini FX Specialist and Instructor) will present some of this work, and give insight into his experience at major VFX studios. *As a Houdini instructor and enthusiast, he'll address how Houdini was used to accomplish some of the most difficult feats in Hollywood action movies, as well as the mindset and process needed to approach these tasks. *His unique experience as a Houdini trainer can also give prospective students valuable insight into what it takes to learn Houdini, and will field questions about the process of learning to be an FX TD, both in school and on the job.

If you are interested in FX please come and check it out and hear about some exciting news from Lost Boys. The presentation February 27th, 2013 6:30-8:30pm is free but please RSVP to

Speaker Bio

Andrew Lowell - Senior FX TD, Houdini FX Specialist and Instructor

Andrew Lowell is currently an FX TD at Digital Domain, and CG experience includes feature film effects at a range of studios such as Rhythm and Hues, Ring of Fire, CIS Vancouver, and Animal Logic. Andrew has also taught college classes in 3d graphics for several years as well as classes for Sidefx, FXPHD, and now Lost Boys | School of Visual Effects. He is the author of a book on music and animation with Houdini. Personal interests include the interaction of visual and sonic perception, and Houdini is his primary application because of it’s audio features and unique abilities with visual effects.

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Event Location

Lost Boys | School of Visual Effects
Suite 200 - 495 Railway Street
Vancouver, B.C.

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Studio Phone: (604)558-4999

*Plenty of free street parking available along Railway Street and Jackson Ave.

About our Sponsors

[i]Visual Effects Society
The Visual Effects Society (VES) is the entertainment industry's only organization representing the full breadth of visual effects practitioners including artists, technologists, model makers, educators, studio leaders, supervisors, PR/marketing specialists and producers in all areas of entertainment from film, television and commercials to music videos and games. Comprised of a diverse group of more than 2,500 members in 29 countries, the VES strives to enrich and educate its own members and members of the entertainment community at large through a multitude of domestic and international events, screenings and programs.

Lost Boys | School of Visual Effects
Based in Vancouver Canada, Lost Boys | School of VFX is North America's top dedicated visual effects school offering an intensive ten month Visual Effects Production Diploma program. Led by award-winning VFX Supervisor/Mentor, Mark Bénard, a pioneer of Vancouver’s VFX Industry, bringing over 16 years of studio, on-set and supervisory experience from projects across the globe. Boasting over a 98% placement rate, Lost Boys is the preeminent school of visual effects. For more information please visit our website at, or join us on Facebook

Side Effects Software - Houdini
Houdini is a 3D animation and VFX software solution designed with a procedural node-based workflow. Houdini lets artists accomplish more and work faster! *Houdini has been used to create stunning digital animation and effects for blockbuster films such as Coraline, Bolt, The Tale of Despereaux, Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Speed Racer, Transformers, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Superman Returns, The Wild, X-Men: The Last Stand, and more. Over the last decade, Houdini films have received the Oscar for Best Visual Effects eight times.

Houdini’s comprehensive feature set includes modeling, rigging, animation, particle effects, dynamics, compositing, integrated rendering, and more. Houdini is available for the Mac OS X, Linux and Windows operating systems.[/i]