SideFX Solaris: A Production Perspective | Luke Gravett | SIGGRAPH Asia 2019

A retrospective look at the challenges and advantages of using the Solaris Lookdev, Layout and Lighting tools on a full-feature production at Animal Logic.

After migrating to a full USD pipeline at Animal Logic, the FX department had to create a feature-rich set of tools, which allowed them to import and deliver FX and character FX through USD. To do this they developed a workflow in Houdini’s Solaris.

Join Luke for an in-depth look at the how’s, why’s, challenges and BIG advantages associated with building a new suite of tools in Solaris – and how this fitted into their production pipeline.

Luke Gravett has over 6 years’ experience in the VFX industry, having held a variety of roles both in Australia and overseas. He joined Animal Logic in 2015 as an FX Artist and is now Associate FX Supervisor working on Peter Rabbit 2, set for release early 2020.

Luke has extensive experience creating pipeline development tools for company wide deployment. Additional credits include Captain Marvel, The LEGO Movie 2, Peter Rabbit, The LEGO Ninjago Movie and Guardians of the Galaxy.

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