In visual effects (VFX), there are many challenges that commonly come up. There is also a necessary set of skills required to accomplish 99% of the projects we take on. In this class, we will take a look at many of the key effects techniques that are used in Autodesk® 3ds Max® software. We will cover initial shot setup, look at tips, tricks, and processes, and discuss scripting and other areas of effects. We will also talk about many commonly used effects such as fracturing, simulating rigid bodies, and creating explosions, fire, smoke, and magic effects. All of these are techniques from recent feature films and approached in a way to provide strong basic knowledge that you can apply to a majority of the challenges that come up day to day in visual effects. The class will cover earthquakes, building destruction, fire, smoke, explosions. We will also provide some advanced rendering and compositing techniques as well as theory and workflow information.