For its work on the upcoming sci-fi/action sequel X-Men 2, visual effects house Cinesite has worked Side Effects Houdini 3D software into its CG production pipeline. The facility is recruiting Houdini talent for the film, slated for release in May of 2003.
Cinesite production manager Ralph Denson says the decision was based on the flexibility Houdini affords as the company deals with increased shot volume and artist staffing generated by a growing slate of projects.
Side Effects Software recently shipped the new Houdini 5.5. A full-featured free trial version of the application, along with an extensive array of video and print-based training materials, is available at http://www.sidefx.com/products/apprentice/index.html.