We’re pleased to share that fxphd, an online training school for post-production visual effects, and motion graphics, is now offering a course on several SpeedTree v6 animation products taught by the award-winning VFX supervisor at Brainstorm Digital, Eran Dinur.  fxphd logoThe course, PNT205: 3D Plants and Digital Environments, will guide participants working with SpeedTree and VFX software in basic concepts of animated tree and plant design as well as advanced procedural techniques.  Students will establish a solid modeling and 3D animation software foundation, and then focus on using Maya, Vue and Nuke together with SpeedTree.

Professor Dinur, recipient of an Emmy award, two VES awards and a recent VES nomination (for his work – with SpeedTree and other tools – on The History Channel’s The Men Who Built America), is an experienced SpeedTree user and brings a wealth of knowledge to the fxphd course.  “SpeedTree is a tremendously useful tool.  It saves matte painters a lot of the hassle of extracting trees and plants from footage, and is indispensable for full 3D shots,” Dinur said.

fxphd is a full professional training center, available online 24/7.  Each course in fxphd is run by a practicing VFX or editing professional.  Courses are made up of 10 weeks of classes of QuickTime movies.  fxphd co-founder John Montgomery said, “fxphd isn’t just about watching high level training movies in a vacuum. It’s also about interacting with your professor and other members.”  The professors of fxphd are each hand-picked for their expert knowledge in the field.  Upon finishing courses, students are given a certificate of completion, which can be given to prospective employers.