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Show this to your mom. Show what VFX is. Breakdown.

Explosions Part2 : Houdini(Sparse Pyro)

How we created the VFX for Bad Boys for Life(2020)

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How to Explain to Your Parents What a Houdini Artist is.

This Article is to explain to your parents that your art, VFX, or animation degree was worth it. Please enjoy this tongue and cheek article about the hardest part of our lives.

Hi Mom, Dad, and other relatives a barely see anymore. Because I can't show you around the studio, or invite you to beer Fridays due to my NDA, I thought the best way to explain what I do is to show you here. Please enjoy, and I'll try and have that face to face talk with you guys during daylight hours. Depending on my commute. :/

 Visual Effects is the description of many different things. It covers composting; which is the final step of putting all the images together in a movie, Matte Painters; they paint the backgrounds of the movie, Lighting Artists; They make all things match together by creating lights in the computer, Modeling Artists; They create the chairs, cartoons, tables, and other non-real objects in the scene, Animators; They move the cartoon/superhero/monsters/etc in the movie, and us; Houdini Artists.

Houdini is a software used in visual effects. It is one of many softwares out there. Houdini is owned by a company called SideFX. They are a Canadian company, and they are located in Toronto. Yes, it is named after the magician Harry Houdini. But it's safer to to use than his magic stunts.

You can think of us as the scientists of the movie. We need to create explosions, dust, water, clouds,and other things that move realistically. So we spend most of our time looking at data charts like this, or pictures and movies of things that exist in real life.

We also create things that don't exist in real life. Such as Star Trek explosions in outer space, Doctor Who time travel effects, Or the lighting that comes from Thor's hammer. Things that people would like to exist, but would be impossible.

Intro

General Fur Information 

Fun Facts about Mice

General Facts About Mouse Fur

References

Pine Rat: https://www.artstation.com/artwork/XL6JD

WHAT IT TOOK TO MAKE ‘STUART LITTLE’S’ FUR, 20 YEARS AGO: https://beforesandafters.com/2019/12/05/what-it-took-to-make-stuart-littles-fur-20-years-ago/

3 million-year-old 'mighty mouse' fossil still has red fur: https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/21/world/three-million-year-old-mouse-fossil-scn/index.html

THE LIFE CYCLE OF A MOUSE: https://www.terminix.com/pest-control/mice/life-cycle/

Fur, Skin, and Ear Mites: https://www.criver.com/sites/default/files/resources/FurSkinandEarMitesTechnicalSheet.pdf

Mouse Fur Color: http://www.evo-ed.org/Pages/Mice/index.html

Ecology: http://www.evo-ed.org/Pages/Mice/ecology.html

THE INSULATIVE VALUE OF MOUSE FUR.: https://physoc.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1113/expphysiol.1967.sp001899

Developing an Explanation for Mouse Fur Color: https://www.biointeractive.org/sites/default/files/media/file/2019-05/MouseFurColor-Educator-act_0.pdf

House mouse: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_mouse

Mouse: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mouse

WHY IS MY MOUSE LOSING HAIR AROUND THE EYE & NOSE?: https://animals.mom.me/why-is-my-mouse-losing-hair-around-the-eye-nose-12312753.html

FX References Hair and Fur: http://www.sylvain-nouveau.com/reffx/hair-cloth/