Eye candy: SideFX’s 2020 Houdini Film & TV Reel
SideFX has released its 2020 Houdini Film & TV reel, its annual round-up of the best new visual effects and animation projects to have been created using the software.
Below, we’ve picked out some of our own personal highlights from the three-minute showreel, with links to making-of videos showing how the effects were created.
The best recent movies, animated features, commercials and motion graphics created with Houdini
Although the reel features Western blockbusters – the biggest being Frozen 2 – arguably the best breakdown is for a Russian movie, the sci-fi action film Invasion.
One of last year’s biggest Chinese-language movies, The Wandering Earth, also features: you can see a breakdown of Pixomondo’s effects, along with its VFX breakdown for Roland Emmerich thriller Midway.
Of the commercials, two of the best feature photorealistic CG birds: in the case of Alt.vfx’s amazing 2019 ad for the Toyota Corolla, a robin getting a free shower inside a car wash.