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Introduction to Maya Fluid Effects Vol. 3

Advanced Cloud Simulation Techniques


In this lecture, Wayne Hollingsworth demonstrates how to create dynamic storm cloud simulations in Maya through the creation of a production quality animated sequence. Wayne thoroughly addresses the various technical challenges, and solutions, as a space cruiser passes through storm clouds that must realistically react to its shape while being illuminated by lightning strikes. Reference is evaluated is order to ensure believable results as the lesson goes in-depth on how to effectively control fluid simulations with custom velocities, fields, and particle simulations. Techniques for an intuitive lightning rig are also thoroughly explained through the use of several scripts and expressions. Wayne then delves into rendering through the use of several render layers consisting of RGB, Multi-Scattering, Beauty and Interactive lighting. In conclusion all of the elements are composited in Nuke. This advanced title assumes a fundamental knowledge of Maya fluids as discussed in Wayne's previous titles.

Duration: 217 minutes

Format: HD 1280x720

Wayne Hollingsworth

Senior FX TD

Wayne Hollingsworth began his career in 2009 after graduating with his masters degree in computer animation and visual effects from Digital Media Arts College. He then went on to pursue his dream in visual effects at MPC. After his stay at MPC he has been currently freelancing making stops at A52, Luma Pictures, Psyop, Digital Domain, Gravity, Zoic Studios, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Blur Studios, and most recently Pixomondo. Having experience working in both the commercial and film industry, he contributes on an educational level teaching a Dynamics coarse at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects. One of his passions is to strengthen the Maya, Houdini and 3dsMax community and continue to contribute to the knowledge base regarding Fluid Dynamics.

  • "Wayne is one of the rising stars in FX. He figured out fluids quickly and is taking fluids to only where the top Maya FX artist are. He's been one of the leaders in helping new artist get better results online."

    - David Schoneveld
    Lead FX at Deluxe Entertainment