Join us for an evening with FX artist Emily Fung as she talks about her journey from student to Technical Artist at SideFX, working on marketing demo materials for the Houdini 18 and 18.5 releases! Plus, get an inside look at the new Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 4 mobile workstation she'll be using during a live Houdini session, covering procedural modeling, as well as Vellum cloth and pyro simulations.

During this exclusive livestream event, Emily will talk about her artistic journey including her education in the UK, her work on Dumbo, The Lion King and The Crown, as well as her experience moving to North America and interning at SideFX.

Viewers will get a detailed overview of life as both an Intern and Technical Artist including opportunities to work with developers, visit studios, and contribute to magazines and other publications.

This is a great chance for aspiring FX artists to learn what it's like to get started in the industry, and for more seasoned artists to discover software tips and tricks!

Following Emily's live demo, focused on the breakdown of two pyro projects - the pyro trails seen in Houdini 18.5 release and a fire hall personal project, we will welcome two more guests to the stream. SideFX Technical Marketing Lead Fianna Wong and Rob Hoffman, Worldwide Media & Entertainment Manager for Lenovo Workstations, will join Emily for a Q&A to answer all your software, hardware, and artists' journey questions!

Watch the stream on the Gnomon Twitch Channel, YouTube Channel, and Facebook Live on Thursday, July 15th at 7:30 pm PDT.

Events with closed captioning are available via the Gnomon Facebook Live page.


Gnomon's full-time programs and 10-week individual courses are designed to develop well-rounded artists that are skilled in the diverse disciplines within 3D production. For those outside of the US, virtual classroom-style online courses are also available.

The new ThinkPad® P1 Gen 4 mobile workstation is powerful and visually stunning. The perfect combination of form and function the thin and light carbon fiber weave design hints at what’s inside: a powerful system that offers a choice of the latest Intel Core or Xeon processors, redesigned thermals for increased graphics support, up to NVIDIA RTX A5000 GPU and PCIe Gen4 SSDs for faster, advanced storage technologies. Now boasting a 16-inch panel, narrower bezels, and a 16:10 aspect ratio for increased screen real estate, the P1 is a content creator’s dream.

Lenovo Workstations are thoughtfully designed with customer-driven innovation and industry-leading reliability to provide ultimate usability and unparalleled performance. Boasting the first-ever AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ PRO powered workstation, Lenovo’s ThinkStation® P620 offers up to 64 cores – a new industry standard – and support for NVIDIA’s latest and most powerful RTX A6000 GPUs.

NVIDIA is used by the world’s leading film and television studios to power the most advanced, visually rich feature films and TV shows ever created. Discover how our cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence, simulation, real-time ray tracing, and virtual production make box office record-breakers, hit TV shows, and Academy Award-winning pictures possible.

Guest Speakers

Emily FungFX Artist

Emily Fung is an FX artist with a generalist background. After graduating in 2018, she worked as a 3D artist in the UK for a brief year, on films such as ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Dumbo’, then began her North American journey as an Intern and subsequently a Technical Artist at SideFX which was an invaluable experience in developing her skills within Houdini. She is now working as an FX artist in the VFX and Animation industry.

Rob HoffmannWorldwide Media & Entertainment Manager, Lenovo Workstations

Rob Hoffmann comes to Lenovo with more than 20 years of experience in the media & entertainment market. Working with both hardware and software solutions.

Now, in the position of Senior Worldwide Media & Entertainment Industry Manager for Lenovo workstations, Rob oversees all aspects of the media & entertainment strategy for Lenovo’s workstation business unit.

Fianna WongTechnical Marketing Lead, SideFX

Fianna is Technical Marketing Lead at SideFX. She enjoys watching the landscape change in both software and hardware technology. She considers herself fortunate to work alongside SideFX development, interns and the many incredibly talented Houdini artists from around the world.

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