[Sidefx-houdini-list] First houdini book

jrutherford at stclaircollege.ca jrutherford at stclaircollege.ca
Fri Feb 3 17:07:02 EST 2006


cool...I'm going to post that link too..
JIm



> Here's some more reading material if they are still sceptical about
> Houdini..
>
> http://www.xs4all.nl/~bensch/cgfx/houdini_myths.html
>
> I've posted it before so maybe it's old news..
>
> cheers,
> benS
>
>
> James Rutherford wrote:
>
>> that's great Caleb....I just posted that on our school forum for my
>> students to read.  We've been spending more time on Houdini lately and
>> hopefully this will provide some inspiration to them.
>> Jim Rutherford
>> www.tradigital.ca
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Andrew D Lyons wrote:
>>
>>> Yep - good work Will and co. Following a quick skim I thought it was
>>> comprehensive and well written.
>>>
>>> Just quietly - I find the prospect of having to code all my shots in
>>> a text
>>> editor intimidating. With high end work it seems there's a lot of
>>> that for
>>> non-Houdini users.
>>>
>>> Here's some thoughts (inspired by Caleb Howard's recently published
>>> writing)
>>> for all those feeling indecision about whether to learn Houdini:
>>>
>>> It's good to fall in love with 3D software that doesn't start
>>> destroying
>>> your life a year or so later. Houdini may not present itself like a
>>> woman in
>>> an Amsterdam window. It may not intoxicate you with the joys of instant
>>> gratification like some other packages. But when the mirage of that
>>> initial
>>> honeymoon is over it doesn't leave you at some hellish impasse with a
>>> life-long scourge either. When you choose to learn a 3D package, you're
>>> choosing something that you will potentially spend decades of your life
>>> with. Although it's tempting, you don't want to make a long-term
>>> choice like
>>> that based on the promise of easy initial gains. As with many things,
>>> that
>>> which seems daunting at first usually has greater promise for the
>>> long term
>>> future. Also, the facade of simplicity proffered by other tools may
>>> have
>>> delivered gains in the short term, but it can end up being the very
>>> bane of
>>> your existence in the long term. If you're undecided about whether to
>>> make
>>> the investment to learn Houdini, my advice would be to pursue
>>> gui-based,
>>> full-blown proceduralism like your life depends on it. There's plenty
>>> of
>>> high end companies that will quickly respect your decision with
>>> employment
>>> working on feature films.
>>>
>>> Cheers
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On 03/02/06, Ziggy Uszkurat <ziggy at zigzagfilms.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>> Chris
>>>>
>>>> I just got Will's book -- along with many others, I can only give it
>>>> the
>>>> highest endorsement. It's not just a very good book about Houdini,
>>>> it is
>>>> also very well written, concise and clear textbook. I suspect even a
>>>> hardened Houdini user will find a lot of gems -- however, for us
>>>> Houdini
>>>> virgins, the amount and quality of information is outstanding. And,
>>>> no, it
>>>> is not intimidating -- Will gives step by step guides. You jump
>>>> right in
>>>> an
>>>> learn through example. Just buy the book!
>>>>
>>>> Ziggx
>>>>
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: sidefx-houdini-list-bounces at sidefx.com
>>>> [mailto:sidefx-houdini-list-bounces at sidefx.com]On Behalf Of
>>>> christopher
>>>> exarhos
>>>> Sent: 03 February 2006 00:01
>>>> To: sidefx-houdini-list at sidefx.com
>>>> Subject: [Sidefx-houdini-list] First houdini book
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Hello,
>>>>
>>>> It is great to finally see the first Houdini book realeased. I have
>>>> not
>>>> had
>>>> a chance
>>>> to read it other than the sample pages shown on Amazon. But, my
>>>> question
>>>> is:
>>>>
>>>> Is the whole book just like the sample pages? The shown pages are 90%
>>>> text.
>>>> To a lot
>>>> if people I know this software is already intimidating, and after
>>>> looking
>>>> the sneak peak
>>>> of book. It makes Houdini look really intimidating.
>>>>
>>>> Overall, best to all the authors and I look foward to any books
>>>> released
>>>> on
>>>> Houdini to add to
>>>> my library.
>>>>
>>>> Best,
>>>> Chris Exarhos
>>>>
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