[Sidefx-houdini-list] Teaching Houdini

Andras Ikladi andras.ikladi at gmail.com
Fri Nov 30 03:19:34 EST 2007

This is a bit of a controversial topic though. I had the chance to look from
both sides...as someone looking for work and also as someone responsible for
recruiting/evaluating candidates.
It looks like to me that Houdini users can be divided to three large groups:

- Seniors: no problem finding work not just because of Houdini but also
because all the experience accumulated during the (tens of) years. I don't
think it would be a problem with other software either but maybe the smaller
community helps.

- Newbies: straight out of school. Houdini can be a big help landing a job
and this kinda annoys me. Personally I would much rather hire someone
slightly more experienced with other software than a completely green guy
with mention of Houdini on his CV. At least we had quite good experience
with cross training from other software.

- Medium level TDs: grown up and gained quite a bit of experience on another
software (maybe one starting with M) and been using Houdini for some time.

Still, these people seem to find it a lot harder to land a Houdini job as
the other two categories.

Why? I just find it weird but this is a common experience shared by several
people I know.
These people are representing the everyday production capacity that most
companies want (and that holds some of them back from using Houdini)

Maybe it's due to location constraints as well to a certain extent but I
think at least part of these people would be willing to move and also
qualify for work permit in most countries.


On Nov 30, 2007 9:05 AM, Andrew D Lyons <tstexture at gmail.com> wrote:

> It's the best kept secret for people looking to get a break in the
> high end animation and VFX industries. Most big film studios hunt down
> Houdini people, and hire people straight out of school if they have
> some Houdini experience. Many studios hire Houdini people even though
> they don't use Houdini much - just because if people can use it - then
> they understand computer graphics enough to be useful in other
> packages. Without Houdini experience new comers get to wait in line
> with the hoards of Maya, Lightwave and Max users, for whatever jobs
> Maya, Lightwave and Max users get offered...

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