[Sidefx-houdini-list] First houdini book

mstory at xion.org mstory at xion.org
Fri Feb 3 17:40:32 EST 2006


I posted it too on our internal web site here at Charlex ... :-)

Thanks for link!


--Mark

> 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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