Nick da Silva

Supervisor FX TD / Lead Technical Artist / 11 yrs

Peoria, AZ

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Senior Houdini TD and Tech Artist

Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway (2020)

Senior Houdini TD and Tech Artist

Na'vi River Journey (2017)

FX TD

Voyage to the Crystal Grotto (2016)

Modeler and Texture Artist

The Ningyo (2017)

Work History
  • Instructor

    Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Games + Animation

    July 2018 - Present

    I run the VFX Demo Class and guide the students on how to create compelling pieces that will best showcase their abilities.

  • Senior Houdini TD and Tech Artist

    Walt Disney Imagineering

    August 2015 - Present
  • Lead Houdini TD

    The Famous Group

    August 2020 - September 2020

    Developed custom fluid simulations in Houdini for use inside Unreal engine.

  • Instructor

    The Master's University

    August 2016 - December 2018

    I teach a variety of VFX related classes that give students a solid overview on creating visuals for use in a VFX environment.

  • Intern

    Sidefx Software

    March 2015 - August 2015
    Greater Los Angeles Area

    I developed FX rigs for film or game cinematics, the main purpose is to showcase what Houdini can do. Focusing more on mastering VEX/VOPS and learning more about the core of how Houdini works under the hood (microsolvers, custom fields and volumes, etc).

  • Teaching Assistant

    Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Games + Animation

    September 2014 - March 2015
    Greater Los Angeles Area
  • 3D Design Team Manager

    Compusoft South Africa

    April 2004 - December 2012
    South Africa
Education
  • Entertainment Design & Digital Production in Visual Effects Animation

    Gnomon School of Visual Effects

    2012 - 2015